[Campusservices] John Rotenberry - Winner of 2008 Mentor Award

Linda G. Scott gdivls at ucr.edu
Wed May 28 09:17:58 PDT 2008

The winner of the Sixth Annual Doctoral Dissertation 
Advisor/Mentoring Award is John Rotenberry, Professor of Biology.  He 
completed his Ph.D. at Oregon State University and was previously a 
member of the faculty at Bowling Green State University.  Professor 
Rotenberry joined the UCR faculty in 1994, and was elected a Fellow 
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2001, 
and in 2007 PRBO Conservation Science awarded Professor Rotenberry 
the Lifetime Achievement in Ecology award.   His research is in the 
area of community ecology and conservation biology, where he examines 
how environmental factors interact to determine species diversity and 
community composition.  Current and former students who wrote in 
support of his nomination describe how he gives students freedom to 
work independently, but also provides feedback and encouragement to 
enable their growth as scientists.   Especially notable in these 
comments was the consistent mention of the sense of community that 
students working under his direction felt with one another, and how 
this translated into accomplishments for all concerned.  Perhaps the 
finest compliment is the desire of his former students to emulate his 
example:  "If I manage to be an effective mentor myself," writes one, 
"it will be because I learned from a master."
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