Colorado State Soil Ecologist, Associate Dean Elected Aaas Fellow

Diana H. Wall, director of the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University, has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Wall, who studies the ecology and biodiversity of soil organisms and is a specialist on nematodes (roundworms) in agriculture and Antarctic ecosystems, was one of 270 scientists tapped as fellows earlier this month. Wall was honored for her research on ecosystems and for her service to professional societies.

She is associate dean of Colorado State’s College of Natural Resources and a professor of rangeland ecosystem science.

Wall has served as president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, Intersociety Consortium for Plant Protection, Society of Nematologists (of which she is a current fellow) and Sigma Xi chapter at the University of California at Riverside, where she was a research scientist from 1972-91.

She currently is president-elect of the Ecological Society of America.

Wall is a member of the National Research Council Board on Environmental Studies and the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. She earned bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Kentucky-Lexington.

Wall and other newly elected fellows will be recognized early next year at the annual AAAS meeting to be held in Anaheim. The AAAS, established in 1848, is the world’s largest federation of scientists with more than 144,000 individual members.