ESSM Awards & Merits 2015 Matt Berg receives a National NACTA Award Ecosystem Science and Management postdoc Matthew Berg was recently awarded the Teaching Award of Merit from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) for his record of service in the classroom, across campus, and on Capitol Hill. Over the course of his doctoral studies, Dr. Berg co-led the development of the Watershed Analysis and Planning course and taught Range and Forest Watershed Management. He also received the Soil Science Society of America Future Leader in Science award, the Ecological Society of America Graduate Student Policy Award, and a USDA National Needs Program fellowship. Working with Dr. Brad Wilcox and a multi-state team, Dr. Berg currently participates on a National Science Foundation project examining the interacting social and ecological processes of landscape change across the southern Great Plains. NACTA is a professional organization that strives to advance the scholarship of teaching and learning in agricultural, environmental, and natural and life sciences. Founded in 1955, NACTA promotes and rewards instructional excellence and the research supporting this instruction. Each member university can nominate two outstanding faculty or graduate students to receive the award for teaching and communication. Matthew was nominated by the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.