On 31 May 2007, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) announced that Dr. Robert Sterner of the University of Minnesota has been named director of the Division of Environmental Biology. Sterner is currently a professor of biology in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Bob Sterner,” said Dr. James Collins, NSF assistant director for biological sciences. “His accomplishments and long-standing interest in environmental biology and evolutionary and ecological processes will serve NSF, the Biological Sciences Directorate, and the Division of Environmental Biology well.”

An ecologist and limnologist, Sterner’s research involves studies of ecological stoichiometry: understanding the biological and chemical links among elements in ecosystems. Sterner has served on the board of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography and is an associate editor of the journal Ecology. Previous academic and professional positions include appointments as a faculty member at the University of Texas at Arlington, and postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. He received his doctorate in ecology from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois.


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