Sarah E. Diamond is an American ecologist and biologist who is currently the George B. Mayer Chair in Urban and Environmental Studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. A climate scientist, Diamond's research focuses on predicting how ecological and biological systems will respond and adapt to the changing climate.
Diamond graduated from Bucknell University in 2005 and then gained her Ph.D. in the field of biology from the Kingsolver Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. Until 2013, she worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University.
Career and research
Since 2014, Diamond has been an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Case Western Reserve University. In 2017, she was appointed as the George B. Mayer Chair in Urban and Environmental Studies.
Much of Diamond's research focuses on predicting how ecological systems and biological organisms will respond to novel environments. Utilizing field study, laboratory research, and computational modeling, she examines the environmental forces that drive organisms to change and the mechanisms that organisms may employ in order to evolve and cope. Diamond's scientific publications have been cited over 1600 times as of November, 2018. Diamond's most-cited publication is "Synthetic analyses of phenotypic selection in natural populations: lessons, limitations and future directions." In this publication, she takes a meta-approach towards analyzing the thousands of published estimations of phenotypic selection, and she uses her analysis to consider how these past estimations may guide her future estimations. Her second-most cited publication is "Phenotypic Selection in Natural Populations: What Limits Directional Selection?" In it, she explores the implications of direct selection, which is a form of natural selection that favors dominant genes over non-dominant genes.
Diamond's research predicts how plants and animals will react to the changing climate and also provides insight into how human behavior affects the mechanisms that force these changes, and how humans may be able to mitigate or avoid those mechanisms. In recognition of her work, Diamond was elected as an Early Career Fellow.
Awards and recognition
- Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, 2018.