The 32nd annual Odum Lecture will be given by Iain Couzin, Chair of Biodiversity and Collective Behaviour at the University of Konstanz, Germany and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Department of Collective Behaviour. Previously he was a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, and prior to that a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, and a Junior Research Fellow in the Sciences at Balliol College, Oxford.
Couzin's work aims to reveal the fundamental principles that underlie evolved collective behavior, and consequently his research includes the study of a wide range of biological systems, from insect swarms to fish schools and primate groups. In recognition of his research he has been recipient of the Searle Scholar Award in 2008, top 5 most cited papers of the decade in animal behavior research 1999-2010, the Mohammed Dahleh Award in 2009, Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10” Award in 2010, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award in 2012 and the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London in 2013.
Honoring the late Eugene P. Odum, founder of the Odum School of Ecology, the annual Eugene P. Odum Lecture Series features speakers addressing significant ecological questions in broad social and intellectual contexts.
Odum Lecture Series, 1985-2015
2016: Jonathan Levine, ETH Zürich. Understanding species' responses to climate change: The need for population and community ecology
2015: Nancy Grimm, Arizona State University. The Only Certainty Is Change: Reflections on a Stream, a City, and a Public University
2014: Marlene Zuk, University of Minnesota. Rapid Evolution in Silence: Adaptive Signal Loss in the Pacific Field Cricket
2013: Mary Power, University of California, Berkeley. Food Webs in River Networks: Algal-mediated Linkages of Rivers, Uplands and Oceans
2012: Thomas W. Schoener, University of California, Davis. Evolution + Ecology = EvoEco: The Interplay of Evolutionary and Ecological Dynamics
2011: Stephen Pacala, Princeton Environmental Institute. From Basic Botany to Global Climate Change
2010: William Schlesinger, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Better Living Through Biogeochemistry
2009: Gretchen Daily, Stanford University. Ecosystem Services in Decision Making
2008: James Brown, University of New Mexico. Toward a Metabolic Theory of Ecology
2007: Stephen Carpenter, University of Wisconsin. Ecology for Transformation
2006: William Sutherland, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England. Predicting the Ecological Impact of Environmental Change
2005: No lecture
2004: Pamela Matson, Stanford University. Agriculture and Environment in the Yaqui Valley, Mexico: Does Intensification Save Land for Nature?
2003: Bryan Grenfell, University of Cambridge. Infectious Disease in Space and Time
2002: Peter Raven, Missouri Botanical Gardens. Biodiversity, Extinction, and Sustainability
2001: Gordon Orians, University of Washington. From Micro to Macro in Ecology: Insights from Australia
2000: Andrew Dobson, Princeton University. Unifying Nature’s Whipping Post: The Role of Infectious Diseases in Natural Populations, Communities, and Ecosystems
1999: Theo Colborn, World Wildlife Fund, Washington DC. Endocrine Disrupters and the Web of Life
1998: William Mitsch, Ohio State University. Designing with the Energy Flow: The Ecological Aproach to Engineering
1997: Lynn Margulis, University of Massachusetts. Gaia: The Wonderful Place with the Pox
1996: William Murdoch, University of California, Santa Barbara. Using Ecology to Solve Environmental Problems: Technical and Institutional Challenges
1995: Stephen Hubbell, Princeton University. Why Do We Need a National Institute for the Environment?
1994: Herman Daly, University of Maryland. Environmentalists’ Farewell to the World Bank
1993: Norman Myers, Headington, Oxford, United Kingdom. Tropical Forests: Their Future and Our Future
1992: Hank Shugart, University of Virginia. Using Ecosystem Models to Assess Potential Consequences of Global Climate Change
1991: William Clark, Harvard University. Sustainable Development of the Biosphere: Managing the Intersections Between the World Economy and the Global Environment
1990: Thomas Lovejoy, Smithsonian Institution. The Environment: Decade of Decision
1989: Bert Bolin, International Institute of Meteorology and University of Stockholm. Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change: What Do We Know and What Do We Do?
1988: David Sloan Wilson, Michigan State University. Reviving the Superorganism
1987: John Harper, University of North Wales. A Reductionist in an Ecosystem
1986: Rita Colwell, University of Maryland. Environmental Aspects of Research in Biotechnology
1985: David Coleman, UGA. From Genetics to Gaia: Toward an Appropriate Biotechnology
The Odum Lecture Series has been supported in part by the Eugene P. and William E. Odum Endowment.