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Ecologist Thomas W. Schoener to deliver 27th Odum lecture

Mar. 12, 2012

Writer: Beth Gavrilles, bethgav@uga.edu

Contact: Gary W. Barrett, gbarrett@uga.edu

Thomas W. Schoener, Distinguished Professor in the College of Biological Sciences, Department of Evolution and Ecology, and Center for Population Biology, University of California, Davis, will deliver the 27th Eugene P. Odum Lecture at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology on Tuesday, March 27. The lecture takes place at 4:00 p.m. in the Ecology Building Auditorium and is free and open to all.

Schoener’s talk, entitled “Evolution + Ecology = EvoEco: The Interplay of Evolutionary and Ecological Dynamics,” will explore a new approach to understanding the relationship between evolution and ecology.

Schoener’s research interests include population interactions, feeding strategies, island ecology, lizard ecology, spider ecology, predation, resource partitioning, and food webs. He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 1984. Among his many other honors and awards are the Henry S. Fitch Award from the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists and Robert H. MacArthur Award from the Ecological Society of America. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Oecologia, and Ecology Letters, and authored or co-authored numerous books on lizard ecology and other topics.

"Tom Schoener is a pioneer in synthetic approaches to ecology—physiology, ecosystems, evolution, communities, populations—all play a critical role in the approaches Tom has taken to major ecological problems,” said John Gittleman, dean of the Odum School of Ecology. “It is an honor to have Tom Schoener give 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. The twenty-six previous Odum lectures have been delivered by preeminent scholars including ecologist Stephen Pacala, biologists Gretchen Daily and Jim Brown, botanist Peter Raven, conservation ecologist Thomas Lovejoy, and then-director of the National Science Foundation Rita Colwell.

The Odum Lecture is supported in part with funding from the Eugene P. and William E. Odum Endowment, along with contributors Terry L. and Gary W. Barrett.

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