Franklin named ASU Regents’ Professor, Ecological Society of America Fellow

Professor Janet Franklin has received two high honors this spring.

On April 27, she learned that she had been named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America.  This is a lifetime title, and is given to a select number of ESA members each year who are recognized by their peers as having made outstanding contributions to advancing ecological knowledge.

On June 4, ASU announced that Franklin was one of four professors selected as new Regents’ Professors.  This title is the highest faculty honor awarded at ASU.  The title is conferred on full professors who have made exceptional achievements that have brought them national and international distinction.

Franklin’s research addresses the impacts of human-caused landscape change on the environment. 

In nominating her for the award, colleagues B.L. Turner II and Elizabeth Wentz wrote, “Franklin’s work has significantly increased our understanding of the synergies among human impacts that lead to habitat loss and species decline.”

These human impacts include land use change, disturbance regimes, climate change, and invasive species.

In order to understand past, present and future biodiversity and ecosystems, Franklin has developed innovative linkages among advanced spatial analytical methods and models, addressing processes at different spatial and temporal scales.

As Regents’ Professor, Franklin joins an elite group of faculty members at ASU:  No more than 3 percent of the total full-time tenured and tenure-eligible faculty may hold this title.