Ecologist Diane Wall: "Soils, Soil Biodiversity and Sustainability"

September 12 talk part of Biology Department's Brown and Williamson lecture series.
When Sep 12, 2013
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Rauch Planetarium
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Contact Phone 502-852-2093
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Noted ecologist Diana Wall will return to her native Kentucky for a University of Louisville lecture Sept. 12 about her globe-spanning research into “Soils, Soil Biodiversity and Sustainability.”

The free, public talk by Wall, director of Colorado State University’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability, will begin at 4 p.m. in Rauch Planetarium on UofL’s Belknap Campus. There will be a reception and light refreshments afterward.

She is a guest of the UofL biology department’s Brown & Williamson lecture series.  

Wall is the 2013 recipient of the Tyler prize for environmental achievement, a $200,000 award administered by University of Southern California and granted for accomplishments in environmental science, environmental health and energy.

The Tyler prize was given for Wall’s research documenting fragile soil ecosystems and their role in climate change. Her work has extended for more than two decades in Antarctica’s deserts, where Wall Valley is named after her, to Kansas plains and New York City’s Central Park. Wall studies species such as the small, wormlike nematodes that live in soil. Her research explores how biodiversity contributes to healthy soil and how human activities affect soil sustainability.

Wall, a University of Kentucky alumna, is also a biology professor and senior scientist at Colorado State’s Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. She has been president of the Ecological Society of America and the American Institute of Biological Sciences and chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents.

For more information, contact Margaret Carreiro at 502-852-2093 or

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