Diana Wall

University Distinguished Professor, Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability and Professor, Department of Biology, Colorado State University

Diana Wall is the Founding Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES), a University Distinguished Professor, and a professor in the Department of Biology at Colorado State University. She is an environmental scientist and a soil ecologist whose research has focused on soil biodiversity, ecosystem processes and ecosystem services, and how these are impacted by global changes. Diana has spent more than 25 seasons studying soil nematodes, the most abundant animal in the Antarctic Dry Valleys and contrasting this polar desert system to hot deserts and arid grasslands. She is the Scientific Chair of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative and serves on international scientific advisory boards. Under her leadership, SoGES has helped foster local and international collaborations of transdisciplinary research, engagement and scholarship to help solve environmental issues. Diana is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the 2013 Laureate of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. She received her PhD in plant pathology and her BA in biology from the University of Kentucky, Lexington.

Diana is speaking at

October 9, 2019
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Grand Ballroom, CSU's Lory Student Center


  • Susan Moran (Emcee) co-host of How On Earth science show, KGNU radio station
  • Josh Zaffos (Emcee) High Country News/ Colorado State University and Conference Co-Chair
  • Joel Berger (Speaker) Professor and Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair in Wildlife Conservation, Department of FWC Biology, Colorado State University; Senior Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society; and Author, “Extreme Conservation: Life at the Edges of the World” and “The Better to Eat You With: Fear in the Animal World”
  • Autumn Bernhardt (Speaker) Lecturer, Colorado State University
  • Dominique David-Chavez (Speaker) Native Nations Institute & Colorado State University
  • Camille Dungy (Speaker) English Department
  • Kathleen Galvin (Speaker) Professor, Department of Anthropology, and Director of the Africa Center, Colorado State University
  • Bobby Magill (Speaker) Reporter, Bloomberg Environment, and SEJ President
  • Rick Miranda (Speaker) Provost and Executive Vice President, Colorado State University
  • Cary Morin (Musician) Guitar Picker, Performer and Crow Tribal Member
  • Diana Wall (Speaker) University Distinguished Professor, Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability and Professor, Department of Biology, Colorado State University


The bar opens early, so grab a drink and mingle. Chat with colleagues and network with sources. Browse the creations of Colorado artists and learn about groundbreaking research on environmental issues at a scientists' poster session. Elected officials, renowned scientists, Native American leaders and distinguished writers will share welcoming remarks and brief presentations to introduce you to Colorado and the conference. A state known for its towering mountains, rivers and a booming recreation economy, Colorado is a leader in renewable energy development and climate action. At the same time, the state has welcomed and benefited economically from an oil and gas boom, and it is now grappling with how to balance these seemingly conflicting ideals and goals.

Colorado is also home to pioneering national labs and research institutions. Tonight you’ll learn how research by Colorado scientists spans the globe — from the Far North to the South Pole — in both geographic reach and impact.

3:45-5:30 p.m.   Meet & Greet, open bar
5:30-6:00 p.m.   Close bar, move bar, set up cash bar
6:00-7:00 p.m.   Poster session, cash bar, light hors d'oeuvres
7:00-8:15 p.m.   Program and cash bar

October 12, 2019
9:00 am - 10:15 am
Room 304-306, 3rd Floor, Lory Student Center


  • Rich Blaustein (Moderator) Freelance Science, Environmental and Legal Journalist
  • John Field (Speaker) Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University
  • Keith Paustian (Speaker) University Distinguished Professor, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, and Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Lab, Colorado State University
  • Kevin Schaefer (Speaker) Research Scientist III and Lead Scientist for NSIDC Science Team, National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • Diana Wall (Speaker) University Distinguished Professor, Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability and Professor, Department of Biology, Colorado State University


Scientists, activists and even politicians are increasingly calling attention to the connection of soils and greenhouse gas sequestration and emissions. Undisturbed soils are typically richest in carbon, underscoring the importance of conservation. Moreover, specialists point out that increasing the health of soils, including with amendments like biochar and managing crops for sequestering carbon, could play a significant role in local, national and even global mitigation schemes. At the same time, scientists are greatly concerned that warming temperatures in the northern biome would cause methane and carbon release from permafrost and peatlands, significantly compounding ghg emissions. We will discuss the latest science, policy and opportunities that focus on the connections of soils, conservation and ghg sequestration and emissions.

>> John Field's presentation (PPTX/9 MB)
>> Keith Paustian's presentation (PDF/1 MB)
>> Kevin Schaefer's presentation (PPTX/5 MB)
>> Diana Wall's presentation (PDF/18 MB)

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