Tell Me More: A Conversation with Diana Wall about Sustainability at CSU
April 21, 2021
Diana Wall, University Distinguished Professor and Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability
Diana Wall, Colorado State University Distinguished Professor, serves as the director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at CSU. A renowned soil ecologist, her research explores how life in soil contributes to healthy, fertile and productive soils and to society, and the consequences of human activities on soil globally. She spearheaded the development of a first-ever Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas with the European Commission.
Between 1989 and 2018, Wall conducted research in Antarctica each summer season, analyzing soil nematodes with collaborators and her CSU team. As recognition for her work on the continent, she had an Antarctic feature, Wall Valley, named after her in 2004.
Wall, also a professor in the Department of Biology, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2018, a top honor in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. She received the 2019 President’s Medal from the British Ecological Society for her outstanding contributions to soil biodiversity research.
She is 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, the 2013 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research President’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Antarctic Science.