Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

Dr. Tom Stohlgren

Tom Stohlgren, Ph.D., is recognized as one of the top ten most productive scientists in the world in the field of biological invasions. He has published over 190 scientific papers and a textbook on methods of assessing plant diversity. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from the University of California, Berkeley; Master’s degree in Biology from California State University, Fresno; and, Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. Stohlgren is a Research Scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center, and has worked for the Department of the Interior for 33 years. He won several Departmental awards including two Partners in Conservation Awards, and the Meritorious Service Award. He is prouder of his awards for “Coach of the Year” in local youth league baseball, GDPE “Good Citizen” award, and his graduate students. He has held an Affiliate Faculty position at Colorado State University since 1991 and been a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory for over 21 years. He teaches graduate classes on philosophy of science, invasion ecology, and technical writing. Because of his exuberant teaching style and expertise on biological invasions, he is invited around the globe to lecture on harmful invasive plants, animals, and diseases. Stohlgren is USGS Liaison to the National Ecological Observatory Network and helps on issues related to biological sampling and scaling. He also directs the National Institute of Invasive Species Science. He dreams of developing a new center for Modeling Species Distributions and Ecological Forecasting. He is internationally known as the fun-loving scientist who wears Hawaiian shirts every day, and, in his copious spare time, he has published three novels, posted five screenplays, and written one theatrical play. His first two novels were nominated for the Colorado Author Award.