Scott Ollinger, director of the Earth Systems Research Center and professor of natural resources and the environment in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, was the recipient of the 2022 Excellence in Research Award at the University of New Hampshire's Faculty Excellence Awards ceremony Oct. 13.
Ollinger is a world-renowned scholar in forest ecosystem ecology. His nearly 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and many other publications cover topics ranging from the remote sensing of the biochemistry of forest canopies to land use and biogeochemistry at regional and global scales. He has led research teams that have developed innovative methods for scaling ecological relationships from plant to global scales, and he has communicated and presented his work in a wide range of outlets.
According to Google Scholar, his papers have been cited nearly 14,000 times. His h-index of 50 and I-ten index of 89 are numeric indicators of the breadth of his impact. His success with grant proposals is also outstanding, approaching $40 million in total awards. A primary advisor to 20 graduate students, his research efforts have transformed our understanding of forest ecosystem function, from the individual forest stand to the region and the globe.