Title: Environmental Scientist
Location: Clearville, Pennsylvania, United States
Ronald Alwin Stanley, PhD, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in environmental science.
“Never consider a challenge too great to do something about,” says Dr. Stanley, who continues by sharing that failure can be a great teaching tool no matter the industry. Throughout his nearly six-decade-long career, he met with many obstacles and just as many successes as an educator and scientist. By staying the course and remaining committed to his career, Dr. Stanley was able to establish himself as an expert in his professional community. Now retired, he concluded his career as a teacher for Frostburg State University and program manager for the Agency for International Development after spending many years working for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Dr. Stanley’s interest in the environment began as a young child. As a boy, he would follow his brother John down to the local creek to go fishing. Realizing quickly that he was not very good at fishing, Dr. Stanley would instead walk along the creek and explore nature around him while he waited for his brother. It was in these experiences that he developed a love of the outdoors and science.
Dr. Stanley is an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for the outstanding contributions he has had in his field during his career. While with the EPA, he held many noteworthy roles including program manager for multimedia assessment, coordinator of trade and environment policy, director of the contracts managing group and scientist. Dr. Stanley was also impactful in academia as an assistant professor of biology at the University of South Dakota and Memphis State University. To share his expertise with his industry peers, Dr. Stanley co-authored “Environmental Management of Water Projects,” and authored “My Mother, The Earth,” “With All My Heart,” and “Fragments of the Journey.”
To support his career endeavors, Dr. Stanley invested his time into his education. He earned an Associate of Science from the College of the Ozarks, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas, a Master of Science from the University of Arkansas, a PhD from Duke University and an MPA from the University of Southern California. Committed to his continued professional development, he has been very active in his professional community over the years. He is a member of the Ecological Society of America, the American Chestnut Foundation, the Southern Alleghenies Conservancy, the Citizens Environmental Organization, the Bedford Bird and Nature Club, the Pennsylvania Nut Growers Association, Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. As he looks to the future, Dr. Stanley intends to enjoy his retirement by indulging in his favorite hobbies, including writing poetry.
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