Dennis Ojima, the ‘ultimate professional,’ takes leadership role with Ecological Society of America

by Mary Guiden, Colorado State University
August 18, 2021

He’s been described by his peers as a team builder and collaborator, curious and well-accomplished, a leader and the quintessential diplomat.

Colorado State University’s Dennis Ojima became an emeritus professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability in late 2019, but that doesn’t mean he has slowed down. He continues in his role as a senior research scientist in the National Resource Ecology Laboratory at CSU, part of the Warner College of Natural Resources.

This month, he also became president of the governing board of the Ecological Society of America, a nonprofit with 9,000 members from around the world.

Ojima said that the organization represents some of the best ecologists in the world. In his new role, he hopes to harness the collective knowledge of ecologists to find ways to repair global ecosystems that society depends upon.

“We need to work together with others to find solutions, and to relentlessly fight for environmental justice and equitable access to clean environmental conditions,” he said.

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