Emilio Moran, a renowned social and environmental scientist and Michigan State University Hannah Distinguished Professor, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Science Board of the National Science Foundation.

A pioneer in the field of environmental research, Moran will begin his six-year term after he is sworn in at the board’s next meeting in early November.

“I am honored to have been nominated and appointed to the National Science Board,” Moran said. “This is a group of eminent scientists and industry innovators who try to make sure that the investments made in science and technology at the National Science Foundation are directed at the best science and at the needs of the nation. Being part of such decisions is a great responsibility.”

The 24-member board and the NSF director are jointly responsible for recommending and encouraging the pursuit of national policies for the promotion of research and education in science and engineering. The board also influences the research direction of the NSF and acts as an independent body of advisers to both the president and Congress on matters of policy.

Moran, who joined the MSU faculty in 2013, is a professor in the Department of Geography and a researcher in the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations and Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability.