Robert Brown, BEI director and Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering at Iowa State, explained that sustainable biomass production has always been an important research topic of the BEI. However, one of the recommendations of a recent external review of the BEI was to create positions of associate directors to lead important program areas. “Lisa’s leadership at Iowa State in sustainable biomass production, including the STRIPS and C-CHANGE initiatives, made her a logical choice to lead this area for the BEI,” he said. “We were very happy when she accepted the position of associate director.”
Schulte Moore said the BEI appointment makes sense in relation to her research goals, which covers agriculture, ecology, forestry, and human-landscape interactions. Her current research addresses the strategic integration of perennials into agricultural landscapes to support new agricultural markets and to meet societal goals for clean water, healthy soils, abundant wildlife, and inspiring recreational opportunities.
Schulte Moore brings experience in managing complex projects and leading interdisciplinary teams to the position. She is co-founder and co-leader of the Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS) project, which pioneered the prairie strips conservation practice. She is also lead developer of People in Ecosystems/ Watershed Integration (PEWI), a simple web-based educational game designed to help people understand human impacts on the environment and improve management of natural resources.
In addition, Schulte Moore has been instrumental in the “Pigs and Prairies” project, a collaboration with Roeslein Alternative Energy, Smithfield Foods, the Environmental Defense Fund, and other partners. The researchers are working to determine biodiversity impacts of prairie restoration associated with renewable energy development; specifically, natural gas production through anaerobic digestion of hog manure and plant material.
Most recently, Schulte Moore was the recipient of a 2018 Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (PIRI) award from the Office of the President at Iowa State. Schulte Moore and her team are developing the Consortium for Cultivating Human And Naturally reGenerative Enterprises, or C-CHANGE, to catalyze new science and engineering breakthroughs to deliver abundant, affordable, and safe food to 10 billion people without compromising the Earth’s supportive capacity in the long term.
Schulte Moore has been on the faculty at Iowa State since 2003. She earned a B.S. in biology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, an M.S. in biology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Ph.D. in forestry in 2002 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Schulte Moore also worked as a post-doctoral associate with the U.S. Forest Service.