Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


ORNL researcher to serve on soil ecology board

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 6, 1997 — Elizabeth G. (Gerry) O'Neill, a research associate in the Environmental Sciences Division of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), will serve as an at-large member of the Board of Directors of the Soil Ecology Society.

O'Neill will serve a two-year term as a board member beginning Jan. 1, 1998. The society is an international organization of researchers, students, environmental professionals and others interested in the advancement and promotion of soil biology and ecology.

Prior to coming to ORNL, O'Neill worked as a licensed practical nurse in the surgical recovery room at the hospital in Oak Ridge. She has been at ORNL for 20 years.

O'Neill received her bachelor's and master's degrees in botany and a doctorate in ecology from the University of Tennessee. She is a former treasurer of the U.S. Soil Ecology Society and is a member of the Ecological Society of America, American Society for Microbiology, American Hibiscus Society, American Quilters Society and the Hobby Greenhouse Association.

O'Neill is married to Robert O'Neill, a research ecologist in the Environmental Sciences Division. They live in Oak Ridge.

ORNL, one of DOE's multiprogram national research and development facilities, is managed by Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation.