Dr. Dian Jordan

Diann Jordan, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Department of Biological Sciences
E-mail: djordon@alasu.edu
Phone: 334-229-7637

Diann Jordan is currently a professor of biology at Alabama State University and an educational consultant. Before returning to Alabama, she worked for over 10 years as a professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was the first woman faculty ever hired in Atmospheric Soil and Sciences Dept. and the first African American woman tenured in a research science department at the University of Missouri-Columbia (1996).
Jordan’s research has spanned over the last 15 years in the area of soil ecology and environmental microbiology. Her specific areas focused on nitrogen transformations in soils and earthworm ecology studies in agricultural and forest soil ecosystem from Tuskegee University, her MS degree from Alabama A & M University and her PhD from Michigan State University. Before going to the University of Missouri in 1990, she did postgraduate training at the University of Georgia's Institute of Ecology and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) at the Southern Piedmont Conservation Center.

Jordan received a BS degree from Tuskegee University, her MS degree from Alabama A & M University and her PhD from Michigan State University. Before going to the University of Missouri in 1990, she did postgraduate training at the University of Georgia's Institute of Ecology and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) at the Southern Piedmont Conservation Center.

For over 15 years, she has given seminars, workshops and written articles on the issues facing young women and minorities in science and engineering. Jordan has received numerous awards including the Woman of Color in Science and Technology Certificate of Merit in 1997 and the Faculty Enhancement Award for Diversity and Human Rights in 1999 from the University of Missouri. Jordan has recently published, Sisters in Science: Conversations with Black Women Scientists on Race, Gender, and Their Passion for Science, the first book of interviews with prominent black women scientists across the United States. As a result, Jordan has appeared on C-Span’s Book TV and the Minnesota Public Radio’s The Forum. Jordan’s ultimate goal is to create a climate and environment where all students can become scientifically literate and increase the pipeline for minorities and women in the STEM fields.


Selected Publications

1.Lin, C.H, R.N. Lerch, H.E. Garrett, D. Jordan, and M. F. George. 2006. Ability of forage grasses exposed to atrazine and isoxaflutole (Balance) to reduce nutrient levels in soils and shallow groundwater. Accepted to Communications in Plant and Soil Science.

2.Jordan, D., R. J. Miles, V. C. Hubbard, and T. Lorenz. 2004. Effect of management practices and cropping systems on earthworm abundance and microbial activity in Sanborn Field: A 115-year old agricultural field. Pedobiologia Journal, 48: 99-110.

3.Lin, C.H., R.N. Lerch, H.E. Garrett, W. G. Johnson, D. Jordan, and M.F. George. 2003. The effect of five forage species on transport and transformation of atrazine and isoxaflute (balance) in lysimeter leachate. Journal of Environmental Quality. 32: 1992-2000.