2012 Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Awards
Research - Dr. David D. Briske
With 34 years of experience, Dr. Briske is a faculty member in the department of ecosystem science and management. He has an impressive record of scholarship including 61 refereed papers and thousands of citations. With at least 14 major federal grants, he has effectively integrated his research accomplishments, national and international scientific network, and experience as an academic journal editor. His research discoveries include novel insights into the ecology of grasses, resilience-based ecosystem management and global change biology.
Administration - Dr. David Baltensperger
Dr. Baltensperger serves as the department head of Soil & Crop Sciences, with more than 80 faculty members statewide. He is also the interim head of ecosystem science and management. A respected administrator, he has gained the support of faculty and staff in the department by implementing his “can-do attitude”. His letters of support note that his sense of humor and positivity have been greatly appreciated, especially during tough budget times. Dr. Baltensperger’s understanding of all functions of the land-grant system and emphasis on recruiting diverse faculty makes him an excellent ambassador.