John Moore

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John C. Moore

John C. Moore is a Professor and founding Head of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, and Director of the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University.  He is a Zhijiang Lecturing Professor at East China Normal University. He studied zoology and ecology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and received an MS in zoology at Michigan State University and an MS in Statistics at Colorado State University.  His PhD focused on trophic interactions and food web analyses in natural and agricultural ecosystems. From 1991-2006 he was a faculty member at the University of Northern Colorado.  In 2006 he was appointed as director of the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University, and in 2011 as founding department head for the new Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability within the Warner College of Natural Resources.
Moore has been active in STEM education and outreach throughout his career.  He served the USDE TRIO community from 1985-2006 working with first-generation and low-income students through the Upward Bound as an instructor, STEM education coordinator and Director.  He was the Director of the Mathematics and Science Teaching at the University of Northern Colorado from 2001-2006, promoting STEM research, K-12 teacher professional development, and outreach.  His recent work as the lead on a large NSF Mathematics and Science Partnership – Culturally relevant ecology, learning progressions and environmental literacy – has led to led to key insights into the importance of systems thinking and the application of hierarchical reasoning to student understanding of environmental principles, teaching practices, and curriculum development.
Moore has published 97 peer-reviewed papers and chapters, and 2 books.  His most recent book  – Energetic Food Webs:  An analysis of real and model ecosystems – was published in 2012 as part of the Oxford University Press Series on Ecology and Evolution.
Moore was the recipient of an NSF National Young Investigator Award in 1992.  He was named a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Bodega Marine Laboratory of the University of California, Davis in 1994, and the Distinguished Scholar of the University of Northern Colorado in 1997.  He received the Eugene Odum Award for Ecology Education from the Ecological Society of America in 2011.  He was elected as a fellow of the Ecological Society of America in 2012.
Moore was elected President of the Soil Ecology Society, serving from 1994-1996. He was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Soil Ecology from 1993-1997 and was a regional editor for the journal Biology of Fertility of Soils from 1996-2006.  He was a member of the National Academies of Science advisory panel for Polar Research in 2002, the World Bank Advisory Panel on Global Sustainable Agriculture in 2003, and the NSF Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education from 2007-2010.

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