Wullschleger receives the Commitment to Human Diversity in Ecology award
Newswise – Stan Wullschleger, Associate Laboratory Director for Biological and Environmental Systems Science at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is the recipient of the Ecological Society of America’s 2022 Commitment to Human Diversity in Ecology Award , or ESA.
the award honors Wullschleger for his longstanding contributions to increasing the diversity of future environmentalists through mentorship, teaching, and outreach.
“In 30 years of experience, Dr. Wullschleger has interacted with hundreds of scientists, technicians and students, providing opportunities for leadership, strategic planning and professional development,” ESA said. “We honor him for initiatives to create an inclusive and diverse culture among scientists while raising awareness of the discipline and the ecological profession.”
The ESA Awards Committee noted that Wullschleger’s career is “marked by her commitment to providing opportunities, safe spaces and showcasing the contributions of different ethnic groups, gender identities and cultures”.
In addition to directing ORNL’s Biological and Environmental Systems Science Branch, Wullschleger is a corporate member of ORNL and oversees the lab’s Institute for Climate Change Sciences. He also leads the DOE Arctic Next Generation Ecosystem Experiences project, or NGEE Arctic, a long-term endeavor exploring the function of tundra ecosystems in a rapidly changing climate.
“I am deeply honored to receive this award from the Ecological Society of America,” Wullschleger said. “Throughout my career, I have benefited from the insight and inspiration of my colleagues. Our teams increasingly need to embrace diverse viewpoints, perspectives and life experiences as together we push the frontiers of scientific knowledge. It is essential that everyone is included, heard and valued as we interact to better understand, predict and develop strategies to deal with environmental change.
Wullschleger and the 140+ member NGEE Arctic team have established a culture of safety, inclusion and trust as the foundation of their interdisciplinary science, which includes fieldwork in remote areas of Alaska as well as multi-site modeling, simulation and data analysis. The intentional establishment and practice of these shared values has been detailed in the scientific journal Eos.
“In addition to his scientific contributions to ecology, Stan has been a respected champion of diversity within the research community. This is well-deserved recognition for this commitment,” said ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia. “We are also grateful for Stan’s work in supporting ORNL initiatives related to diversity, equity and inclusion.”
“Stan is a true leader in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion as part of science culture, and the NGEE Arctic project he manages has benefited from his efforts,” said Gary Geernaert. , Director of Earth and Environmental Systems Science at the DOE. Biological and Environmental Research Program Division of the Office of Science.
Wullschleger joined ORNL’s Division of Environmental Sciences in 1990 as a DOE Alexander Hollaender Fellow. He holds BS and MS degrees in Forest Biology from Colorado State University and a PhD in Crop Physiology from the University of Arkansas. Wullschleger spent more than 30 years at ORNL conducting research on the sustainable use of herbaceous and woody bioenergy crops as a renewable source of transportation fuel; fundamental investigations of plant biology using a variety of molecular approaches; and research into the physiological mechanisms by which terrestrial ecosystems respond to global environmental change.
The prize will be awarded at the ESA annual meeting, scheduled for August 14-19 in Montreal, Canada.
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