Nason Named Chair of Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University

June 21st, 2017

Ames, Iowa — John Nason has been named the chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology (EEOB) at Iowa State University.

Nason, a professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, has been at Iowa State since 2000. He succeeds Jonathan Wendel, Distinguished Professor and professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology. Wendel is returning to the faculty after concluding his term as chair.

EEOB is jointly administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS).

Nason's appointment is effective July 1.

"I look forward to continuing to grow our undergraduate biology and genetics programs, to ensure our course offerings and advising services effectively meet student needs and to work with EEOB faculty to further research and enhance the national and international reputation of our very strong department," Nason said. "I also look forward to working with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to address college and university-level objectives."

Nason is a past recipient of the LAS Career Research Award (spring 2013) and Master Teacher Award (fall 2006). He has served on numerous university, college and departmental committees and initiatives and as a faculty adviser for the Iowa State McNair Program and for the genetics and biology programs.

Nason earned a doctorate degree in botany and plant genetics from the University of California at Riverside. An evolutionary biologist, Nason researches factors influencing gene flow and their impacts on genetic variation in plants and associated insects.

EEOB is a major participant, along with other departments, in several interdepartmental majors and programs, including bioinformatics and computational biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, environmental science, genetics and genomics, interdisciplinary graduate studies, microbiology, plant biology and sustainable agriculture. It offers graduate work leading to both master’s and doctorate degrees.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University is a world-class learning and research community. As Iowa State’s most academically diverse college, LAS educates students to become global citizens, providing rigorous academic programs in the sciences, humanities and social sciences within a supportive personalized learning environment. For more information, visit www.las.iastate.edu.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences offers 27 undergraduate majors preparing students for careers spanning the study of food, environment, energy, climate, nutrition, agricultural production and business and science and technology. This year, the college set its fifth consecutive enrollment record. Iowa State’s agriculture and forestry programs rank in the top tier of such programs around the world, according to QS World University Rankings.

Contacts: 

Amy Juhnke, Liberal Arts and Sciences Communications, 515-294-0461, ajuhnke@iastate.edu
Ed Adcock, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service, 515-294-2314, edadcock@iastate.edu