Biology alum Edward Buckler elected to National Academy of Sciences
MU alum Edward S. Buckler has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
The NAS is a private, nonprofit honor society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to furthering science and technology for the general welfare. NAS members are elected on the basis of their original scientific research.
Buckler is a research geneticist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and an adjunct professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. His research on the mechanisms controlling diversity in maize and its wild relatives has improved the crop’s nutritional value and has led to the development of molecular tools now being used to study the genetic underpinnings of a wide range of other plants.
Buckler received his doctor of philosophy degree in the College of Arts and Sciences Division of Biological Sciences in 1997 under the direction of Associate Professor Timothy Holtsford. His doctoral research focused on the domestication and molecular evolution of maize.
He credits his training at MU with setting him off on a good course. “Missouri did such a great job in shaping my career direction and teaching me how to do science,” said Buckler. “I can’t think of a better place to have gone.”
Buckler was recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from the MU College of Arts and Science.