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Internationally known ecologist to speak on invasive species

Noted ecologist Daniel Simberloff of the University of Tennessee will discuss the effects of biological invasive species on the environment in a talk Nov. 14 at UD.
Noted ecologist Daniel Simberloff of the University of Tennessee will discuss the effects of biological invasive species on the environment in a talk Nov. 14 at UD.

Noted biologist and ecologist Daniel Simberloff will discuss the effects of biological invasive species on the environment with his talk, “Shoot First and Ask Questions Later: Progress, Problems, Promise and Polemics in Managing Biological Invasions” at 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, in Clayton Hall on the University of Delaware campus in Newark.

A reception in the lobby will begin at 4 p.m., followed by the lecture at 5 p.m. in Room 125.

This event free and is open to the public.

The seminar is sponsored by the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, housed in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Simberloff is the Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Tennessee. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1964 and doctorate in 1968 from Harvard University and was a faculty member at Florida State University from 1968 through 1997, when he joined the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee.

“Dr. Simberloff is an ecologist with an international reputation,” said Jake Bowman, chair of UD’s Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology. “He continues to challenge our thinking about major ecological issues. His recent work is landmark. I look forward to hosting him and him sharing his inspiration and knowledge with our students. Then to follow that with a public seminar is a great honor for UD.”

Simberloff’s publications number approximately 500 and center on ecology, biogeography, evolution and conservation biology. Much of his research focuses on causes and consequences of biological invasions.

His research projects are on insects, plants, fungi, birds and mammals. He is editor-in-chief of Biological Invasions, senior editor of the Encyclopedia of Biological Invasions (2012) and author of Invasive Species: What Everyone Needs to Know (2013), and is a member of the editorial board for several other journals.

Simberloff served on the U.S. National Science Board 2000-06. In 2006 he was named eminent ccologist by the Ecological Society of America, in 2012 he won the Margalef Prize for research in ecology, and in 2015 he won the Wallace Prize of the International Biogeography Society.

He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Article by Michele Walfred

Originally posted on UDaily