Fall 2021 Graduate Commencement Speaker

Lisa Schulte Moore

Professor of Natural Resource Ecology and Management & Associate Director of the Bioeconomy Institute 


Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore conducts research and teaches in the areas of agriculture, ecology, forestry, and human-landscape interactions. Her research addresses the strategic integration of perennials into agricultural landscapes to support new markets and to meet societal goals for healthy soils, clean water, abundant wildlife and inspiring recreational opportunities. She engages in transdisciplinary science collaborations toward meeting the grand societal challenge of sustainably providing food and energy to the 10 billion people on a livable planet.

Dr. Schulte Moore is co-founder of the Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS) project, which developed the prairie strips conservation practice. She is also lead developer of People in Ecosystems/ Watershed Integration (PEWI), a simple web-based educational game designed to help people understand human impacts on the environment and improve the management of natural resources; and directs C-Change, an Iowa State University of Science and Technology Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Initiative and United States Department of Agriculture National Institute for Food and Agriculture Sustainable Agricultural Systems project.

Dr. Schulte Moore has published more than 100 scientific and educational articles. Her honors include the Iowa State University Early Career Award in Teaching (2007), Teaching Award of Merit from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (2007), Stanford University Leopold Leadership Fellow (2013), Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow (2014), University of Minnesota Duluth Academy of Science and Engineering Inductee (2017), Des Moines Business Record/Ivy College of Business innovationENTREPRENEUR Award (2020), Ecological Society of America Fellow (2021), and MacArthur Fellow (2021). Along with her colleagues on the STRIPS team, she received the Soil and Water Conservation Society's Conservation Innovation Award in 2020 for their development of prairie strips. Her research has been covered by the BBC, National Public Radio, New York Times, and The Washington Post, among other news outlets. In 2021, Dr. Schulte Moore was selected to serve on the agriculture workgroup of Governor Reynolds’ Carbon Sequestration Task Force.

Dr. Schulte Moore earned a B.S. in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, an M.S. in biology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, a Ph.D. in forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and served as a post-doctoral associate with the U.S. Forest Service. She joined Iowa State University of Science and Technology in 2003. She lives in Ames, Iowa, with her husband and two sons. They also spend time at their family farm near Strum, Wis.