BARBARA A. SCHAAL
Dr. Barbara Schaal received her BS degree with Honors in Biology from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1969. She studied population biology at Yale University, receiving a M. Phil. in 1972 and Ph.D. in 1974. She was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Georgia from 1973-1974 where she studied the population genetics of Drosophila. Upon completion of this work, she was an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Houston from 1974-1976. From 1976-1980 she was an Assistant Professor of Botany and also an Assistant Professor of Genetics at the Ohio State University. From 1980-1986 she was an Associate Professor of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. She has been a Lecturer in several International Courses on plant population biology and molecular evolution including the University of Lund, Sweden, the University of Costa Rica, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Schaal is currently Professor of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences (1986-present), and Professor of Genetics, The Medical School, Washington University (1986-present). She is a Research Associate at the Missouri Botanical Garden (1980-present) and is an Adjunct Professor, Chinese Academy of Science, Institute of Botany (1995-present).
Dr. Schaal has received numerous honors. She is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1993), the National Academy of Sciences, USA (1999) and the St. Louis Academy of Science (1999). She has received the Sigma-Xi Research Award, The Ohio State University (1980), the Leadership Award, St. Louis YWCA (1996), Distinguished Faculty Award, Washington University (1998) and the Botanical Society of America Merit Award (1999). She was a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow (1997-1998).
Dr. Schaal has served on many editorial boards. She has been an Associate Editor for Molecular Biology and Evolution (1993-1999) and is currently an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Botany. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Functional Ecology (1986-present), Molecular Ecology (1991-present), and Conservation Genetics (1999-present). She has been an elected council member (1982-85) and Executive Vice President (1988-91) of the Society for the Study of Evolution. She has been Chairman of the Ecological Section (1885-86) and President of the Botanical Society of America (1995-96). She has served as a member of numerous review panels including the NIH Genetics Study Section, panels for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, NSF Task force on Biology and Behavioral Sciences in the 21st Century (1990-91), Chairman, Review Committee of Genetic Resources Unit, Center for International Tropical Agriculture, Cali Colombia (1997) numerous NSF review panels, and the Selection Committee, Sloan Young Investigator Award in Molecular Evolution (1995-98).
Dr. Schaal currently serves on the Board of Trustees, The St. Louis Academy of Sciences (1998-present), The Nature Conservancy, Missouri Chapter (1993-prerent), Chairman, Scientific Advisory Council, The Center for Plant Conservation (1992-present) and as Co-chairman, National Research Council's Standing Committee on Biotechnology, Food and Fiber Production, and the Environment. Dr. Schaal has published over 100 papers in the fields of plant population genetics, evolution, ecology, molecular evolution and the genetic diversity and domestication of crops.