INSTAARs Katherine Suding, Merritt Turetsky, and James White are among the world’s most influential researchers, according to the Web of Science Group. All three scientists were named 2019 Highly Cited Researchers, with publications among the top 1% most cited in their fields.
The Highly Cited Researchers list identifies scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant and broad influence on their fields through the publication of multiple papers that rank in the top 1% by citations over the last decade. Citation counts and researchers' fields are taken from the Web of Science database.
The accolate is commonly taken as a marker of work that has been repeatedly judged by a researcher's peers to be of notable utility and significance.
Suding is a professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, fellow of INSTAAR, and lead of the Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research Program (LTER). She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A plant community ecologist, she works at the interface of ecosystem, landscape, and population biology. She and her research group provide cutting-edge usable science to a range of conservation groups, government agencies, and land managers around the challenges of restoration, species invasion, and environmental change.
Ecologist and carbon cycle scientist Turetsky is the incoming director of INSTAAR who will start her new role in January. She is currently associate professor and holds a Canada Research Chair in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph. She and her students use a variety of approaches to understand the resilience of northern communities and ecosystems to environmental change. Much of her work investigates disturbances such as wildfire and permafrost thaw, and how they are affecting the landscape, food security, and water quality for people in the North. Turetsky has played leading roles in the Permafrost Carbon Network, NASA's ABoVE campaign, and the recently formed Canadian Permafrost Association. She sits on the executive committees of several international research networks and is a senior scientist with the Bonanza Creek LTER Program.
Paleoclimatologist White is currently the dean of Arts and Sciences at CU Boulder. He is also a professor of Geological Sciences and INSTAAR fellow, who served as director of INSTAAR from 2007 to 2017. His research interests in global change and biogeochemistry revolve around the use of environmental stable isotope ratios. He has been a member of several international deep ice coring projects in Greenland and Antarctica. He is an affiliate of NOAA and works closely with the Carbon Cycle Group there.