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River Food Web Ecologist Mary Power will be 2013 Odum lecturer

Feb. 21, 2013

Writer: Beth Gavrilles, bethgav@uga.edu

Contact: Bud Freeman, budfree@uga.edu


The twenty-eighth annual Eugene P. Odum Lecture at the University of Georgia will be given by Mary E. Power, professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her talk, “Food webs in river networks: algal-mediated linkages of rivers, uplands and oceans,” will take place on Tuesday, March 5 at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Odum School of Ecology, and is free and open to all.

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.

“It's an honor to have Mary Power give the Odum lecture,” said John Gittleman, dean of the Odum School of Ecology. “Her research is timely and cutting edge, providing important insights about how, when and in what manner ecosystems are being altered by climate change and other ecological drivers.  We always look forward to the annual Odum Lecture because it both showcases the critical need for ecological research as well as forecasts the future of ecological problems.”

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-seven previous Odum lectures have been delivered by preeminent scholars including ecologists Thomas Schoener and 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.


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