Phyllis D COLEY portrait
  • Research Affiliate, The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama
  • Distinguished Prof Emeritus, School Of Biological Sciences
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Professional Service

  • Role: Member. Entity: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Selection Committee for the Director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. 2019 - present
  • Role: Member. Entity: American Association of University Women Grants Selection Committee. 2019 - present
  • Role: Member. Entity: Center for the Study of Biodiversity in Amazonia (Ceba) International Scientific Advisory Board, Toulouse, France. 2019 - present
  • Role: Member. Entity: Smithsonian Institution Scientific Advisory Board, ForestGeo, Washington DC. 2018 - present
  • Role: Member. Entity: American Academy of Arts and Sciences Membership Panel. 2016 - 2017
  • Role: Board Member. Entity: PeerJ Editorial Board. 2012 - present
  • Entity: National Science Foundation Panel Member. 2012 - 2012
  • Entity: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama Organized a Symposium on Sustainable Uses of Biodiversity (in Spanish), Panama. 2010 - 2010
  • ICBG, Panama, our technicians give monthly talks to public school children In Panama. 2010 - present
  • CICRA, Peru, our graduate students leads nature presentations for children and parents in gold-mining communities along the Madre de Dios River in Peru. 2010 - present
  • American Society of Naturalists. 2008-2010 Nominating Committee 2009-2010 Chair. 2008 - present
  • Entity: International Journal of Ecology Editorial Board. 2008 - present
  • Entity: Gehry Museum of Biodiversity, Panama Scientific Advisor. 2007 - present
  • Entity: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama BCI Steering Committee. 2001 - present
  • Entity: Chemoecology Editorial Board. 1996 - present
  • Entity: Oecologia Editorial Board,. 1992 - present

Internal Service

  • RPT Selection Board. 2020 - present. service.
  • Diversity Recruiting Committee. Member, 2019 - 2020. service.
  • Rising Star Committee. Member, 2019 - present. service.
  • Distinguished Professor Nominating Committee. Member, 2019 - present. service.
  • Admissions Committee. Member, 2018 - present. service.
  • Seminar Series Committee. Committee Member, 2017 - present. service.
  • Faculty Mentors for The National Diversity in STEM Conference (SACNAS) in Salt Lake City, UT. Faculty Mentor, 2017 - 2017. service.
  • Executive Committee. Member, 2016 - 2017. service.
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Membership Panel. Panel Member, 2016 - 2017. service.
  • Communications Committee. Committee Member, 2014 - 2015. service.
  • Center for Latin American Studies. Member, 2014 - present. service.
  • Research Committee. Committee Member, 2012 - 2013. service.
  • Osher Institute, lecturer in "Hidden Worlds of Science". Lecturer, 2012 - 2013. service.
  • RPT Selection Board. Board Member, 2012 - 2012. service.
  • Greenhouse Committee. Chair, 2012 - 2013. service.
  • College of Science Council. Council Member, 2012 - 2014. service.
  • Admissions Committee, Chair. 2010 - present. service.
  • Graduate Council Internal Review, Department of History. 2010 - present. service.
  • Latin American Studies Group. 2010 - present. service.

Honors & Awards

  • National Geographic Explorer. 2020
  • Bobby C. Pass Student’s Choice Speaker Award. University of Kentucky, 2020
  • Fellow. Ecological Society of America, 2018
  • Governor's Medal for Science. State of Utah, 2015
  • Myriad Award of Research Excellence. Myriad Genetics, 2013
  • William Skinner Cooper Award. Ecological Society of America, 2007
  • Fellow. American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2006

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