Clark reappointed as acting director of the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
Lynn Clark was renamed acting chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, which is co-administered by Iowa State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Agriculture and life sciences.
Clark, a professor of botany, has served as interim president since June 2021. Her renewed term will begin July 1, 2022 and run through June 30, 2024.
“Dr. Clark has a proven track record of exceptional leadership and dedicated service to the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, which plays a vital role in many of the world’s well-established and important undergraduate majors. ‘Iowa State,” said Daniel J. Robison, Dean’s Chair of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “His institutional knowledge of the university and strong commitment to student success have enabled the department to thrive and remain innovative, while attracting and retaining undergraduate and graduate students.
Clark joined Iowa State in 1987 as a temporary assistant professor in the Department of Botany, a year after earning his doctorate in botany at Iowa State. In 2003, she became a full professor. Most recently, she won a 2021 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. From 2008 to 2021, Clark served as director of the Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration program, a shared program of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Design.
“It is a distinct honor to continue to serve our EEOB faculty, staff and students as interim president,” said Clark. “I look forward to continuing the progress we have made in our undergraduate programs in biology, environmental science and genetics in collaboration with EEOB partners at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Life and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Clark’s research focuses on the study of bamboos and grasses. A prolific researcher with 200 publications, Clark is the world’s foremost expert on bamboo and its evolution. She has identified over 130 species of bamboo and is the author of several books on grasses, bamboos, and plants native to Iowa.
“Dr. Clark has been an engaged, thoughtful, and productive leader during her first year as Interim President of the EEOB. She led faculty talent acquisition and oversaw the implementation of research projects. department that support student research in the biology, genetics and environmental programs,” said Beate Schmittmann, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “I am confident that the department is in good hands and I I look forward to supporting Dr. Clark and celebrating his continued success in this key leadership role.”
Clark’s vision is to build on the achievements of the department’s research and graduate programs.
“The strength of the EEOB department is the breadth of expertise of our faculty members who examine many types of organisms and ask many types of questions,” Clark said. “It certainly makes the department successful and unique, and I look forward to maintaining that excellence.”
Clark has won numerous awards, including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences International Service Award and an Iowa State University Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research. She was selected as the Dean’s Lecturer in the spring of 2007.