2013 AWARDS 

Joshua A. UdallJoshua A. Udall


Joshua A. Udall was presented with an Outstanding Research Award from the College of Life Sciences.

Josh Udall completed his undergraduate studies at BYU, graduating in 1995 with a bachelor of science in plant biotechnology. He then received his master’s from the University of Idaho in 1997 studying plant science. In 2003, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in plant genetics and plant breeding. He was a research associate at Iowa State University at the time BYU hired him as an assistant professor in 2006. 

Josh has remained involved in the field, maintaining memberships in various professional groups and keeping place on multiple BYU committees. He has given dozens of presentations at professional meetings and has received major research funding grants, including multiple external awards for his research. His work continues to be  published in top journals. Still, his teaching remains very important to him and he has mentored dozens of students in genome biology.

He and his wife, Beverly, have five children—two boys and three girls. His oldest will attend BYU in the fall, an event Josh is looking forward to.

Steven L. Peterson

Steven L. Peterson
Steven L. Petersen was presented with an award for Outstanding Teaching from the College of Life Sciences. Steven Petersen is an associate professor in the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences. He began attending BYU during fall semester 1986,  graduating in 1993 in conservation biology after an LDS mission to Germany.

After receiving his master’s degree from BYU in botany and range science, and after working as an ecologist for a time, Steven received a Ph.D. from  Oregon State. In 2007, he was hired by BYU as a Landscape Ecologist in the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences. He has successfully taught  courses in landscape ecology, forest management and ecology, and rangeland planning. Steven’s research program at BYU has focused on the  application of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) for measuring, classifying, and analyzing ecosystems at broad spatial and  temporal scales. This passion for the subject has fueled his love of teaching and mentoring. His courses are highly interactive, with many of his upper- division classes directly related to his research so that his teaching and scholarly activities are easily integrated. Steven’s courses have received high evaluations and praise from both students and faculty.