Three PSM Affiliated Faculty Amongst Seven most cited.

Three PSM Affiliated researchers have been recognized in the Highly Cited Researchers List, an annual compilation of the global leaders in scientific influence by Clarivate Analytics.

The list, in its fifth year, acknowledges scientists from 21 different fields of study. Requirements for making the 2018 list included publication of multiple highly cited papers from 2006 to 2016 and ranking in the top 1 percent of citations in their fields.

The researchers have appointments in either the colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources. All have been supported in part by MSU AgBioResearch. 

  • Sheng Yang He is a University Distinguished Professor studying plant and pathogen interactions.
  • Phil Robertson is a University Distinguished Professor of ecosystem science working on issues of agricultural sustainability, including plant, soil and microbial interactions that affect yield.
  • Jim Tiedje is a University Distinguished Professor looking at soil science and the ecology, physiology and genetics that underpin important microbial processes.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for each of these distinguished researchers and a reaffirmation of the importance of their work,” said Doug Buhler, director of MSU AgBioResearch. “It also speaks highly of MSU as a consistent leader in plant, animal and environmental sciences, which have been foundational to our university since its inception.”

More than 6,000 scientists from around the world appear in the 2018 list — about 4,000 for contributions to specific fields and roughly 2,000 for multidisciplinary work. This is the first year for inclusion of cross-field research, an area encompassing the work of Robertson and Tiedje.

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