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Plant ecologist Jonathan Levine to deliver 2016 Odum Lecture

Mar. 15, 2016

Writer: Beth Gavrilles, bethgav@uga.edu

Contact: Ford Ballantyne, fb4@uga.edu

Ecologist Jonathan Levine will deliver the thirty-first annual Odum Lecture at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology on Tuesday, March 29 at 4:00 p.m. His talk, "Understanding species' responses to climate change: The need for population and community ecology," will be followed by a reception, and is free and open to the public.

Levine studies the community and population ecology of plants, using mathematical modeling and field experiments to answer questions about the maintenance of species diversity, the control of plant invasions, and plant community response to climate change. His work has included creating models showing how species invasions increase in frequency as international trade increases, how plant-soil interactions and competition within a species affect biological invasions, and how a changing climate affects coexistence in various plant communities. 

A professor of plant ecology in the Institute of Integrative Biology, part of the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zürich, Levine is a recipient of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering, the Young Investigators Prize from the Society of American Naturalists and the George Mercer Younger Investigator Award from the Ecological Society of America. He delivered the Jenner Lecture at the University of North Carolina in 2010. He is the author or coauthor of more than 60 scientific papers published in peer reviewed journals including Science, Nature, Ecology, PNAS, American Naturalist, and PLOS One.

“Professor Levine is a world authority on species diversity and understanding which ecological factors influence the maintenance and generation of new species,” said John Gittleman, dean of the Odum School of Ecology. “It’s an honor to have such an intellectual leader deliver the Odum Lecture.”

Honoring the founder of the Odum School of Ecology, the annual Eugene P. Odum Lecture Series features speakers who address significant ecological questions in broad social and intellectual contexts. Previous Odum lectures have been delivered by preeminent scholars, more than half of whom have been members of the National Academy of Sciences or Royal Society Fellows, including ecologists Mary Power, Thomas Schoener, Marlene Zuk, James Brown, Peter Raven, Thomas Lovejoy, and then-director of the National Science Foundation Rita Colwell.

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