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Dr. Kimberly Schulz

We are very pleased to announce that at the May 2, 2012 Faculty Meeting, Dr. Kimberly Schulz, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, was named the College's Exemplary Researcher for 2012-13. This College-level award recognizes a successful, currently active researcher with exemplary research activity, publication record and a graduate/undergraduate student mentorship program.  The nomination process this year allowed for nominations from different categories: Lifetime Career Achievement, Mid-Career Achievement - for which Dr. Schulz was nominated, and Early Career Achievement.

Dr. Schulz:

  • Joined ESF in 2000 as Assistant Professor in Environmental and Forest Biology, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005, and currently serves as Director of the emerging Center for Integrated Research and Teaching in Aquatic Science (CIRTAS).
  • Teaches Limnology and Marine Ecology, with additional contributions at Cranberry Lake and the "Diversity of Life" course.
  • Received her Ph.D at the University of Michigan, with post-docs at the University of Minnesota and the University of Oslo, Norway.
  • Was selected as a fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) for her sabbatical leave (2007-2008).
  • Serves as EFB Curriculum and Course Assessment Committee Chair and was active in the recent Middle States Accreditation process.
  • Has been instrumental in securing significant grant funding including a $300,000 NSF EAGER grant; was successful in securing a $1.47 million grant to extensively renovate web labs and cyber-infrastructure for aquatic science research.  Dr. Schulz has had additional research projects funded by NSF and many other agencies.
  • Collaborates and engages excellent graduate and undergraduate students, and faculty across the College and other institutions.
  • Has a successful mentoring program, and her students have won national awards including NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Fellowships, the Garden Club of American Wetlands Award and EPA Star Graduate Fellowships.
  • Maintains a high level of rigor in her courses and incorporates the latest published research.
  • Publishes extensively in journals such as Environmental Toxicology, Nature, Limnology and Oceanography, Journal of Great Lakes Research and Freshwater Biology.
  • Is a critical observer of science and life!

This award provides a $5,000 research account that can roll over for three years, and a Presidential salary adjustment.  Dr. Schulz will present a campus-wide research seminar highlighting her work as the first seminar in the Adaptive Peaks Series during the 2012-13 academic year. At that time she will be presented with a plaque recognizing this achievement, as well as a reception in her honor.

Congratulations to Dr. Kim Schulz on this well-deserved honor!