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Professor Paul Hendrix wins Soil Ecology Society Lifetime Professional Achievement Award

Jul. 6, 2011



Writer: Beth Gavrilles, bethgav@uga.edu

Contact: Paul Hendrix, hendrixp@uga.edu


Professor Paul Hendrix of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology was honored with the Lifetime Professional Achievement Award from the Soil Ecology Society at the group’s biannual meeting, held in British Columbia in May. The SES is an international organization of researchers, students, environmental professionals and others interested in the advancement and promotion of soil biology and ecology.

“This award honors a long-term member of the Soil Ecology Society who has made enduring and outstanding contributions to scientific advancement, student mentoring, and service in the field of soil ecology,” said Serita Frey, professor of soil microbial ecology at the University of New Hampshire, who chaired the SES Achievement Award committee.

Hendrix’s research has encompassed agroecology, the use of stable isotopes in soil ecology, earthworm ecology, with particular emphasis on invasive earthworms, and the effects of severe fire on soil fauna. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous influential papers and books, and has served as a mentor to many students, postdoctoral associates, and collaborators.

“Paul is a deserving recipient of this prestigious award because of his contributions to the discipline and because of his exemplary collegiality towards his students, collaborators, and peers,” wrote Mac Callaham, research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service; Odum school professors emeriti David Coleman and Dac Crossley; and alumni Becky Ball, Ph.D. ’07, Breana Simmons, Ph.D. ’05, and Bruce Snyder, Ph.D. ’08, who jointly nominated Hendrix for the award.

"Everyone in the Odum School—students, staff and faculty—is elated at Paul's award,” said Odum School Dean John Gittleman. “He has always shown dedication and creativity in teaching and research.  This recognition is very well deserved."

For more information about the Soil Ecology Society, see http://web.me.com/soilecology/SES/Home.html.

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