2023 A.C. Redfield Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Nancy B. Grimm

Each year, the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) presents the A.C. Redfield Lifetime Achievement Award to honor an aquatic scientist for major, long-term achievements in the fields of limnology and oceanography, including research, education, and service to the community and society. ASLO is proud to award the 2023 Redfield Award to Dr. Nancy B. Grimm for transformative and critical insights on the impacts of human activities and climate change on the biogeochemistry in urban and inland waters. The award will be presented to Dr. Grimm at the 2023 Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Palma, Spain in June 2023. 

Dr. Nancy Grimm is the Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Ecology and Regents Professor of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. Dr. Grimm has made numerous and sustained contributions to the field of stream ecology and biogeochemistry, from her early work describing nitrogen cycling in desert streams to her contributions leading to the discovery of the significance of the hyporheic (sub-surface) zone in streams. Dr. Grimm’s research on how human actions interact with traditional ecological principles has been fundamental to the emergence and scientific underpinnings of the field of urban ecology, a discipline for which she is widely recognized as a co-founder. Collectively, Grimm has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles that have been cited over 40,000 times. Dr. Grimm’s achievements have also been routinely recognized by the scientific community. She is a member of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Ecological Society of America, and the Society for Freshwater Science and has served as president of numerous scientific societies, among other notable accolades.  

In addition to her distinguished scientific achievements, Dr. Grimm has consistently given back to the community through service and mentorship. Dr. Grimm has individually supervised dozens of undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers, and has worked on several successful professional training programs for students and early career researchers. These include the Phoenix LTER program, the development of an NSF-sponsored Interdisciplinary Graduate Education and Research Training program for Urban Ecology at ASU, and a mentoring and training program for scores of graduate and postdoctoral fellows across multiple institutions in the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network. Dr. Grimm’s record of service also includes serving as editor of several scientific journals, planning multiple scientific meetings, and representing the collective interest of freshwater scientists as a program officer at NSF and lead writer for the National Climate Assessment. 

ASLO President, Pat Glibert says, “Dr. Nancy Grimm’s influence on the field of stream ecology and urban ecology is far reaching and widely felt by the aquatic science community. ASLO is pleased to award the A.C. Redfield Lifetime Achievement award to our colleague Nancy Grimm, whose exceptional scientific distinction is equally matched by her generosity and commitment to serve the community.” 

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