Excellence Award 2016 | Scott Nuismer
Excellence in Research or Creative Activity Award 2016
Scott Nuismer has taught in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science since 2003. An active researcher with a focus on ecology and evolutionary biology, Nuismer has published nearly 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature, Science, Evolution, PLoS Biology and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Other articles have cited his work more than 1,900 times. He has also written several book chapters and is awaiting the publication of his first book, Introduction to Coevolutionary Theory.”
Scott is a world-renowned researcher in his field of study,” said department chair James J. Nagler. “We are extremely fortunate to have a University of Idaho faculty member that is having this kind of scientific impact on his field.
Nagler also lauded Nuismer for his collaborative nature and willingness to mentor undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows.
Nuismer received his bachelor’s in biology from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and a doctorate in biology from Washington State University in 2000. Nuismer’s research at UI has been almost exclusively funded by the National Science Foundation. Since coming to UI, he has served as a principal investigator or researcher on grants totaling more than $1.5 million.
The research questions he addresses are significant, and the methods he develops to study problems have a high impact,” said College of Science Dean Paul Joyce. “He has a stellar reputation and is an invited speaker at many prestigious workshops and conferences throughout the world. He has a true international reputation and worldwide impact.”
Nuismer received the Early Career Faculty Award from UI in 2008. Other awards and fellowships include the James King Graduate Fellowship from WSU in 2000; the Abelson Graduate Fellowship from WSU in 1996; and a scholarship and two Hughes undergraduate research grants from the University of Idaho in the 1990s. He currently serves as an associate editor for The American Naturalist.