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Liu and Isaacs ranked amongst top-cited researchers

Scientific papers are the threads that weave discovery and solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. The most impactful publications are workhorses that advance the work of others and drive further discoveries.

This week, two core faculty members of the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Program have been recognized as being among the world’s most influential researchers thanks to their papers’ usefulness to other researchers in their fields

Jianguo "Jack" Liu
Jianguo "Jack" Liu

Jianguo “Jack” Liu and Rufus Isaacs are among 11 MSU scientists named to the 2022 Highly Cited Researchers List compiled by Clarivate Analytics.

“We all want our work to have an impact and this list is a tremendous honor because it quantifies that goal,” said Elise Zipkin, EEB director. “Dr. Liu and Dr. Isaacs are making a difference and we are proud to have them as colleagues.”

Clarivate’s methodology draws on data from the Web of Science citation index of individuals at universities, research institutes and commercial organizations who have demonstrated a disproportionate level of significant and broad influence in their field or fields of research over the last decade.

Liu is University Distinguished Professor and Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability in fisheries and wildlife in the and MSU AgBioResearch. He is also the director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. 

His work takes a holistic approach to addressing complex human-environmental challenges through

Rufus Isaacs
Rufus Isaacs

systems integration, such as the integration of ecology with social sciences, policy and advanced technologies, particularly in issues of environmental sustainability

Isaacs is professor of entomology. His work supports pest management in Michigan berry crops, through development of monitoring, biocontrol, and cultural control tactics that can be integrated with selective insecticides within integrative pest management programs.

Liu and Isaacs are in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR).

“Citations of your work by other researchers is a strong measure of your impact”, said Douglas Gage, vice president for research and innovation. “These scholars have demonstrated significant and broad influence in their chosen field and are representative of the high caliber faculty and overall research excellence we have at MSU.”

Liu and Isaacs share the honor with MSU scientists Gregg Howe in biochemistry and molecular biology in the College of Natural Science, G. Philip Robertson and James Tiedje in plant, soil, and microbial sciences in CANR, Tomas Hult in marketing and Russell Johnson in management in the Eli Broad College of Business; Aaron McCright, in sociology, David Roy in geography, and Richard Lucas in psychology in the College of Social Science; and Morteza Mahmoudi in radiology and the Precision Health Program in the College of Human Medicine.

According to Clarivate, 6,938 researchers from 69 countries and regions have been named this year. There are 3,981 awards in specific fields (with some named in two to four fields) and 3,244 awards for cross-field impact, totaling 7,225 awards across all the individual researchers named this year. Liu and Isaac are in the cross-field of influence category.