Dr. Stan Wullschleger is a Corporate Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He previously served as associate laboratory director for the Biological and Environmental Systems Science Directorate, where he led a $107 million research portfolio targeting the convergence of biology, ecology, engineering, data discovery, physical sciences, and computing to advance U.S. competitiveness in the global bioeconomy and Earth system sustainability.
Dr. Wullschleger joined the ORNL Environmental Sciences Division in 1990 as the recipient of a DOE Alexander Hollaender Fellowship. He quickly become a staff member and served in many roles, including principal investigator, director of the Environmental Sciences Division, and director of ORNL’s Climate Change Science Institute. He also served as director of the DOE-sponsored Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE Arctic) project, leading an interdisciplinary team of 140 scientists from national laboratories and universities to develop advanced Earth system models that predict how thawing permafrost in a warming Arctic will impact climate systems.
He holds a doctorate in crop physiology from the University of Arkansas, and a master’s in tree physiology and bachelor’s in forest management from Colorado State University. He has spent more than 30 years at ORNL conducting research in the sustainable use of herbaceous and woody bioenergy crops as a renewable source of transportation fuel; the fundamental investigations of plant biology using a variety of molecular approaches; and investigations into the physiological mechanisms by which terrestrial ecosystems respond to global environmental change.