Songlin Fei honored as University Faculty Scholar

Dr. Songlin Fei, Forestry and Natural Resources Associate Professor of Measurements & Quantitative Analysis, has been named a 2018 University Faculty Scholar​. Of more than 3,500 faculty members at Purdue, only 120 are named University Faculty Scholars.

“Dr. Fei is an excellent choice for this honor,” said Dr. Bob Wagner, Professor and Head of the Department of Forestry & Natural Resources. “He has excelled as researcher, educator, and leader during his seven years at Purdue. Dr. Fei has built an internationally recognized research program that has made major strides in advancing theories of biological invasions, as well as breakthroughs in understanding the response of tree species to climate change. He also is dedicated to excellence in teaching and mentoring as evidenced by his receiving the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award in the department and the Master Teacher Award. Further, he has provided regional and national research leadership by serving on important scientific editorial boards and panels. Our department is lucky to have such a productive and innovative member of our faculty.”


The University Faculty Scholars Program “recognizes outstanding faculty members at the West Lafayette campus who are on an accelerated path for academic distinction. Eligible faculty must hold the rank of tenure associate or full professor and have been in that rank for no more than five years. Faculty Scholars are appointed for a nonrenewable five year term and receive an annual discretionary allocation.”

“There are many high-achieving faculty members at Purdue, so I am honored to be selected as a Purdue University Faculty Scholar,” said Fei. “It is a great recognition for my research program, which is not possible without the talented and hardworking undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs in my lab as well as great support from the FNR department and the College of Agriculture.”

Fei’s current research primarily focuses on invasion ecology and forest ecology. Through this research, he hopes to produce useful information to assist the effective and adaptive management of invasive species and other global stressors such as climate change. He is working to advance the science in these two research areas by developing a new macrosystem ecology research framework and a new set of geospatial analytical tools. Fei is also making strides toward significant additions to the advancement of digital natural resources—the future for natural resources education, research and management.

Other FNR University Faculty Scholars are Professors Tomas Höök, Bryan Pijanowski, Linda Prokopy and Marisol Sepúlveda​.
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