The Academy, the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, recognizes excellence, originality, and leadership in the microbiological sciences. Fellows are eminent leaders in the field of microbiology and are relied upon for authoritative advice and insight on critical issues in microbiology.
Bill's pioneering research has yielded important advances in microbial catabolism and ecology and led to new approaches for bioremediation, new thinking about forest management and new therapeutic strategies for tuberculosis, asthma and COPD. Bill has trained >100 researchers, most now scientists in academia, industry and government, and has introduced microbial ecology to >1500 undergraduates. His service to journals, agencies and societies has helped shape the field of microbial ecology.