Diana Wall is a University Distinguished Professor and the director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. She is a professor in the Department of Biology. Her research focuses on how soil biodiversity contributes to healthy, productive soils and thus benefits society, and the consequences of human activity on soil sustainability.
Specifically, her research focuses on arid ecosystems, including the Antarctic Dry Valleys and how climate change affects soil biodiversity, ecosystem processes and ecosystem services. Wall Valley, Antarctica, was named for her achievements in 2005.
Wall is the recipient of the 2012 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research President’s Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research. She was named the 2016 Eminent Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America and the 2013 Tyler Laureate for Environmental Achievement. Wall is the former president of the Ecological Society of America and the American Institute of Biological Sciences. She is the former chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents and the current chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative.
Wall earned her B.A. in biology from the University of Kentucky and her Ph.D. in plant pathology from the same institution. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, recipient of the Ulysses Medal and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research President’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Antarctic Science..