Manuel Molles
Manuel Molles

Manuel C. Molles, Jr., Professor Emeritus, UNM Department of Biology, was recently awarded the 2014 Eugene P. Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education by the Ecological Society of America (ESA).

The Eugene P. Odum Award recognizes an ecologist for out-standing work in ecology education. Through teaching, outreach, and mentoring activities, recipients of this award have demonstrated their ability to relate basic ecological principles to human affairs.

The recipients of the award, generously endowed by, and named for, the distinguished ecologist, Eugene P. Odum, have demonstrated their ability to relate basic ecological principles to human affairs through teaching, outreach and mentoring activities. This also draws attention to the importance of ecological science with a focus on student mentoring and the training of future ecologists.

ESA honored Molles for his outstanding contributions in science, service and education for K-12, undergraduate and graduate levels. Using his writing gifts, Molles authored numerous publications including an acclaimed ecology textbook, Ecology: Concepts and Applications. Molles’ teaching philosophy fostered students’ critical and independent thinking. Many of his students’ pursued careers in ecology and also diversified into careers in environmental law, water resources management and restoration ecology. 

Molles recently received the award at the ESA’s annual meeting in Sacramento, Calif.