Four University of Michigan faculty members have been named as 2020 Fellows of the Ecological Society of America, the world’s largest community of professional ecologists.

The society’s fellowship program recognizes the many ways its members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, teaching, and management and policy.

The program recognizes both Fellows and Early Career Fellows. This year’s honorees include 22 Fellows and eight Early Career Fellows.

U-M’s new ESA Fellows are:

Knute Nadelhoffer, professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; director, U-M Biological Station. Elected for outstanding scholarly contributions to terrestrial biogeochemistry and to understanding the impacts of global environmental change and human activities on forest ecosystems, as well as to the applications of ecology to management and policy.

Donald Zak, the Burton V. Barnes Collegiate Professor of Ecology; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability; professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, LSA. Elected for his pioneering research and leadership in microbial, ecosystem and global change ecology that have revolutionized our understanding of how ecosystems acquire and cycle nutrients, and for his outstanding service as a mentor who selflessly supports and enhances the work of others in the field.

The Early Career Fellows are:

Nyeema Harris, assistant professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, LSA; director, Applied Wildlife Ecology Lab. Elected for her innovative research on the conservation ecology of mammals, her exceptional outreach and community engagement, and her influential work on diversifying the discipline of ecology.

Jacob Allgeier, assistant professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, LSA. Elected for integrating ecosystem and community ecology to help advance understanding of nutrient dynamics in marine ecosystems and the role of consumers in mediating these processes, and for efforts to apply this information toward the conservation of coastal marine ecosystems.

“The Ecological Society of America has more than 9,000 members in over 90 countries, and being elected a Fellow or an Early Career Fellow is a major professional honor,” said Diarmaid Ó Foighil, chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

“I’m delighted that four of my departmental colleagues – Knute Nadelhoffer, Nyeema Harris, Jake Allgeier and Don Zak – have been elected in this year’s competition. They each have distinctive research programs that combine fundamental work on important ecological issues with impressive levels of public engagement. They richly deserve this recognition.”

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