Mary Power, Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, will deliver the 2013 Odum Lecture.
Power studies food webs in temperate and tropical rivers, with a focus on how environmental conditions and species interactions affect food web dynamics and structure. She writes of her work that she and her collaborators “seek insights that will help forecast how river-structured ecosystems will respond to watershed or regional scale changes in climate, land use, or biota.”
Much of her field work is carried out in the South Fork Eel River, located within the Angelo Coast Range Reserve where she serves as faculty director. This 8,000 acre protected area is one of 38 teaching and research sites in the University of California Natural Reserve System.
Power is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a past president of both the Ecological Society of America and the American Society of Naturalists, and has received numerous honors and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Medal from the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography. 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, 1985-2012
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 is supported in part by the Eugene P. and William E. Odum Endowment.