UM Professor Elected Ecological Society of America Fellow

March 02, 2018

Cory Cleveland MISSOULA – The Ecological Society of America recently named Cory Cleveland, a professor in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences at the University of Montana, as one of its 2018 Fellows.

The ESA Fellowship program recognizes the many ways in which its members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, education and pedagogy, and management and policy. Fellows are members who have contributed to academics, government, nonprofit organizations and the broader society. They are elected for life.

“It is an honor to be selected as an ESA Fellow, and especially gratifying to have been nominated, supported and recognized by my colleagues and peers,” Cleveland said. “As scientists, we get so little feedback on our work, and I think most of us only have a very vague sense of how or whether our contributions are even being noticed.”

The ESA elected Cleveland for his substantial contributions to understanding carbon and nutrient cycling across multiple scales in terrestrial ecosystems. Cleveland teaches courses in soil science, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry and climate change science at UM. His research also focuses on biological diversity and ecosystem function, soil nutrient availability, and the effects of environmental change on tropical, temperate and high latitude ecosystems.

“I take great satisfaction in being formally recognized by the Society for my work,” Cleveland said. “It is among the most exciting achievements of my career so far.”

The ESA established its Fellows program in 2012 with the goal of honoring its members and supporting their competitiveness and advancement to leadership positions in the ESA and in broader society. ESA Fellows and Early Career Fellows are listed at


Contact: Cory Cleveland, professor and chair, UM Department of Ecosystems and Conservation Sciences, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, 406-243-6018,