ESSM Awards & Merits 2009 Dr. Mark Tjoelker awarded top faculty honors in Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences Dr. Mark G. Tjoelker, Associate Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Texas A&M University, is the 2009 recipient of the Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences Outstanding Young Faculty Award. The award honors excellence in teaching, research, and service among Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences faculty, a University-wide interdisciplinary program. Dr. Tjoelker is an expert on the effects of global climate change on terrestrial ecosystems. His research includes savanna and forests in North America, Europe, and Australia. His laboratory in plant physiological ecology explores the linkages between plant traits and ecosystem processes. He has authored 69 refereed journal articles. His work is published in top-tier journals, including four papers in the journal Nature. The Institute for Scientific Information has honored him as a highly cited researcher, indicating that he is among the top 1% of scientists in terms of how often his work has been cited by others. At Texas A&M University, Tjoelker's external grants and contracts have exceeded $1 million dollars in funding. He has served on grant advisory panels for the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency. He serves on the editorial boards of several major journals and is an associate editor of Functional Ecology. He also serves on numerous committees in the Department and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Dr. Tjoelker teaches undergraduate Forest Ecology and the graduate course, Terrestrial Ecosystems and Global Change. Dr. Tjoelker has mentored undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and served on more than 20 graduate student advisory committees, including leading Universities in the US, Canada, and New Zealand. Dr. Tjoelker holds a B.S. in Biology from Calvin, an M.S. in Botany from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Minnesota. He joined the Texas A&M University faculty in 2000. In spring 2009, he was Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, where he conducted research on climate change, respiration, and the global carbon cycle.