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Virginia Dale is a landscape ecologist known for her work on recovery after the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, quantitative definitions of progress toward sustainable energy and agriculture, and ecosystem management in the context of large disturbances and climate change. She spent 34 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she is a Corporate Fellow Emeritus, and in 2018 transitioned to the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee. Virginia has authored 11 books and more than 285 published articles. She has served on national scientific advisory boards for five agencies of the United States and several committees of the National Academies of Science. She was among the members of the international science community that contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Scientific Assessment that in 2007 received with Al Gore the Nobel Peace Prize. She was selected as the Distinguished Landscape Ecologist of the US chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) in 2013. She was the 2006 Distinguished Scientist for ORNL, YWCA of Knoxville Tribute to Women Finalist in 2006, distinguished alumnae of her high school in 2004, and Top Citizen of Oak Ridge in 1999.

Participation in Recent Meetings 

 Ecological Society of America Annual meetings (2023, 2020, & 16 prior meetings)
Anthromes, CO2, &Terrestrial Carbon
March 2023
Potomac, Maryland
Symposium on Mount St. Helens at annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, Ca, December 12, 2019
International Association for Landscape Ecology - North America Chapter
May 10-14, 2020
Toronto, Canada
Sympopsium on Risk Assessments of Sustainable Wood Sourcing Practices, Athens, Georgia, May 2019.
 Food-Energy-Water Nexus Oct 24-28, 2018
Yixing, China
Circular Carbon Economy Summit
July 24-25, 2018
Golden, CO
Ecological Society of American Annual Meeting
August 5-10, 2018
New Orleans, LA
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