Colorado State University Biology Professor Selected as Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow

Colorado State University biology Professor Janice Moore is one of 20 environmental scientists from across North America to be awarded the 2005 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship.

Based at the Stanford Institute for the Environment, the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program provides scientists with intensive communications and leadership training to enhance their ability to communicate complex scientific information to non-scientific audiences, especially policy makers, media, business leaders and the public. Twenty Fellows are selected annually through a competitive application process.

"The 2005 cohort of Leopold Leadership Fellows comprises a truly outstanding group of scientists working to address today’s most important environmental challenges," said Jane Lubchenco, distinguished professor of zoology at Oregon State University, who founded the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program.

Moore was selected as a Fellow for her research on how parasites alter host behavior in ways that enhance parasite transmission and how altered behaviors can benefit hosts. Her recent research has focused on the effect of behavioral fever on parasite development and host fitness.  Moore is also interested in studying parasites of introduced species, comparing parasite communities of individuals in native locations to those in individuals from introduced populations.

Moore teaches about animal diversity in an invertebrate zoology class at Colorado State. She also teaches animal behavior, and she helped develop a service-learning program that allowed students to learn about behavior while teaching basic obedience to rescue dogs.

Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows have outstanding scientific qualifications, demonstrated leadership abilities and strong interest in communicating science beyond traditional academic audiences.

The 2005 Fellows represent a broad range of environmental science disciplines, including forest ecology, sustainable agriculture, environmental engineering, environmental economics and oceanography. They join 80 other outstanding environmental scientists who previously received Leopold Leadership Fellowships, participated in the training and who remain part of the Leopold Leadership Network.  

Moore is the latest Colorado State faculty member to be honored as an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow. Past Fellows from Colorado State include Diana Wall, director of the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory; Richard Knight, professor of forest, rangeland and watershed stewardship; and Dennis Ojima, research scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, in 1999; Kathleen Galvin, professor of anthropology, in 2001; and Tom Hobbs, research scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory; Barry Noon, professor of fish and wildlife biology; and LeRoy Poff, associate professor of biology; in 2004.

The program was launched in 1998 and is named for Aldo Leopold, a renowned environmental scientist who communicated his scientific knowledge simply and eloquently. His writings, including his 1949 book, "A Sand County Almanac," are credited with infusing the emerging conservation movement with good science and a stewardship ethic.

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