ESSM Awards & Merits 2010 Dr. Boutton honored with the prestigious Senior Faculty Fellow Dr. Boutton, Regents Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management has been designated as a Texas AgriLife Senior Faculty Fellow. The Faculty Fellows Program recognizes outstanding and productive faculty who have contributed to the scholarly creation and dissemination of new knowledge through exceptional research leadership and grantsmanship within their respective discipline. He was awarded Faculty Fellow in 2003, and earned the Senior Faculty Fellow designation in 2010 through continued scholarly achievement and leadership in research. Dr. Boutton has developed an internationally recognized research program in the biogeochemistry of grassland and savanna ecosystems. During the past five years, his research program has focused primarily on the effects of land-cover/land-use change on ecosystem biogeochemistry. One of the first scientists to develop and apply stable isotope methodologies in ecology, biogeochemistry, soil science, and agronomy. Boutton established and currently directs the state-of-the-art Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Laboratory at Texas A&M University. Photography by Chandler Arden; property of AgriLife Communications, 2010 In the past five years he has served as principal or co-principal investigator for more than $3.2 million in competitive grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, NASA, and USDA. During the same time, his research was documented in 25 refereed journal articles in top-tier publications. In recognition of his research accomplishments, Dr. Boutton has been named a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Faculty Fellow of Texas AgriLife Research, and received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society for Range Management. He has worked with federal science agencies to determine research-funding priorities by serving as an advisory panel member for the National Science Foundation Directorate of Biological Sciences, the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, the National Ecological Observatory Network Program, and the Carbon Cycle Management Program of the U.S. National Science and Technology Council. His research program continues to be a magnet for high quality graduate students in ecosystem science and management. All of his students in the past five years have entered TAMU as Regents, Graduate Merit, or Graduate Diversity Fellows. In recognition of his accomplishments as a teacher and mentor, Dr. Boutton received the Outstanding Graduate Professor Award for 2005-2006 from the Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management. The faculty and staff of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management "CONGRATULATES" Dr. Boutton on this prestigious award.