Dr. Feng Sheng Hu is Head of the Department of Plant Biology, Professor of Plant Biology, and Professor of Geology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1994, and was subsequently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the NSF Research Training Group on Paleorecords of Global Change at the University of Minnesota. In 2000, Dr. Hu was recognized as one of the most creative early-career faculty members in the United States when he was awarded a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering. For outstanding teaching and research, he was named a University Scholar of the University of Illinois in 2005. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research in 2006-2007, and an Invitation Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Japan’s NSF) in 2011. Dr. Hu was elected a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science in 2008. He has served as an editor for several leading scientific journals, including Ecology (2008 – present), Ecological Monographs (2008 – present), Ecological Applications (2012 – guest editor), Ecosystems (2013-), and Geology (1998-2000). As an Academic Leadership Fellow, he is currently participating in an intensive program of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (a consortium of the Big Ten member universities plus the University of Chicago) that aims to develop “the leadership and managerial skills of faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability and academic promise.”
Dr. Hu’s research integrates biological, geological, and atmospheric sciences. He and his students have tackled a number of long-standing questions regarding climatic change and ecological response at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Dr. Hu has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles in top-tier journals, including Science, Nature, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.