Dr. Stock earned her B.S. in Biology (emphasis in Zoology) and her Ph.D. in Natural Sciences (emphasis in Parasitology and Nematology) at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. At the University of Arizona, she is currently the Interim Director for the School of Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences (ACBS), as well as a professor of Entomology, ACBS, and Plant Sciences. As of late, Dr. Stock received the Founders' Lecturer Award from The Society of Invertebrate Pathology, which is awarded in recognition of an outstanding and seminal contribution to a field of research within the general discipline of invertebrate pathology.
Dr. Melanie Hingle is a nutrition scientist, public health researcher, and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with over 15 years of training and experience in health promotion and behavioral sciences, assessment of dietary intake and physical activity, and the design and conduct of studies focused on health behavior change and metabolic disease prevention in children and families. Her postdoctoral training in behavioral nutrition included the application of behavioral theory and formative research methodologies to inform the design and conduct of behavior change interventions. Dr. Hingle’s research program is focused on understanding how and why diet and physical activity behaviors are initiated and sustained, and the application of this knowledge to development of effective approaches to motivating health behavior change in youth. Dr. Hingle was recently announced as an Udall Fellowship recipient. She will use her time as a fellow to develop a model of diet-sensitive disease prevention for food insecure populations in partnership with colleagues at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and El Rio Community Health Center. The resulting program will be designed for sustainable delivery to individuals at risk of type 2 diabetes within the context of existing services offered by these organizations. The proposed work will contribute to building a “culture of health” in southern Arizona, in which adequate and nutritious food are mainstays across geographic, demographic, and social sectors, and all Arizonans have the opportunity to make healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices consistent with their beliefs, customs and core values.
David Breshears, a professor of natural resources in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is one of the world's foremost authorities on understanding the root cause of tree deaths, which are occurring on a massive scale. Breshears has played a central role in identifying, diagnosing and communicating this threat on different ecosystems to a broad audience. In particular, he has detailed the degree to which loss of trees is due to a lack of sufficient water and exacerbated by the rise in temperatures. He has also played a multitude of leadership roles across the nation, including as an acclaimed teacher, mentor and scientist, as well as for the Ecological Society of America, the National Ecological Observatory Network, and the National Phenology Network. His major contributions include to interdisciplinary research include the UA's Critical Zone Observatory project, which focuses on the interface of geology and biology. For his work in academia, Breshears has also been elected a 2018 Regents' Professor by the Arizona Board of Regents.
Steve Archer, professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, has been named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. Elected for life, fellows are members who have made outstanding contributions to advancing or applying ecological knowledge in academics, government, nonprofit organizations and other areas. Archer was recognized for his novel integration of ecological, remote sensing and the earth science theory to advance the conservation and management of the word’s grassland and savanna ecosystems. The honor was presented in August at the ESA annual meeting in Florida. “This is a most well-deserved honor for Steve. He is clearly one of the world’s top scientists and his critical research into the global phenomena of shrub proliferation into grasslands bridges basic and applied research,” said Stuart Marsh, SNRE director and professor. “He has made a very significant impact on our understanding of these changes, particularly within the context of drought and global climate change.”
Professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, Joel Cuello was elected a corresponding member of the National Academy of Science and Technology of the Philippines. He was chosen because of his significant contributions in sustainable biological and agricultural engineering systems. He has also done significant work for NASA on hybrid solar-electric lighting systems. The National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines elected Cuello during its 38th meeting in July. Cuello has served as technical adviser to the Philippine Congressional Commission on Science, Technology and Engineering. He was also elected to the Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering in 2012.