About Diana

A soil ecologist and environmental scientist, Diana is actively engaged in global research to sustain soils and has spent more than 20 seasons in the Antarctic McMurdo Dry Valleys examining how global changes impact soil biodiversity, ecosystem processes and ecosystem services. She is Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative and is a member of the US Standing Committee on Life Sciences for the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). Honors include the 2012 SCAR President’s Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research, The British Ecological Society 2011 Tansley Lecturer and designation of Wall Valley, Antarctica. Dr. Wall is a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, has an Honorary Doctorate from Utrecht University, The Netherlands and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She served as member of the US Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel (2012), the US Commission of UNESCO and was co-lead author of the Millennium Development Goals Committee Chapter of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. She is a Board Member of the World Resources Institute and Island Press, and has served as President of the Ecological Society of America, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, Chair, Council of Scientific Society Presidents and other scientific societies. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. Dr. Diana H. Wall is a University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Biology and a Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, and Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability.

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  • Soil nematode biodiversity, soil ecology, and ecosystem functioning, cold desert ecology Antartica.