Landscape Ecologist Lisa Schulte Moore Named MacArthur Fellow

Iowa State University professor of natural resource ecology and management Lisa Schulte Moore has been named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow. Schulte Moore has conducted groundbreaking research as a landscape ecologist working closely with farmers to build more sustainable and resilient agricultural systems. Schulte Moore’s instrumental role in the prairie STRIPS research team has produced numerous advancements in the understanding and management of native prairie on agricultural landscapes that show far-reaching environmental benefits. Schulte Moore also is the lead developer of the People In Ecosystems Watershed Integration (PEWI), a computer simulation that shows how land use practices impact the soil, water, agricultural production and wildlife habitat. And she leads the Consortium for Cultivating Human and Natural regenerative Enterprise (C-CHANGE), which received a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop new value chains for U.S. farmers, particularly the generation of renewable natural gas using biomass from perennial grasses. Schulte Moore will receive a $625,000, no-strings-attached award as part of the MacArthur fellowship, as an investment in the potential of her work.