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Ecology

Research in EEB in ecology spans the spectrum from the highly theoretical to the applied; indeed, most faculty span this spectrum in their own work. Global change, declining biodiversity and the goal of achieving sustainability in our use of natural resources motivate much of this work, leading to major efforts to study the responses of ecological systems to climate change, reserve design and related issues in conservation biology, disease management, and the valuation of ecosystem services and other problems in environmental economics. It also leads naturally to deep partnerships with other disciplines, from geophysical fluid dynamics to biogeochemistry, from molecular biology to psychology, from engineering to economics, politics and the humanities. A fundamental integrating theme of all the work in ecology is evolutionary theory, and the goal of building a theory of ecological systems, from organisms to the biosphere, that spans ecological and evolutionary dimensions. Mathematical and computational methods play a central role, and EEB is a fundamental partner in Princeton's Program in Quantitative and Computational Biology.

Andrew P. Dobson Conservation biology and disease control; population dynamics and coevolution of parasites and their hosts; population dynamics and life-history strategies of birds, primates, and elephants.

Lars O. Hedin Ecosystem analysis, with emphasis on the emergence and maintenance broad-scale patterns in the cycling of nutrients and trace gases.

Henry S. Horn Adaptive patterns of ecology and social behavior in birds and butterflies; forest succession; dynamics of landscape and of productivity; adaptive patterns of morphology, spatial distribution, and dispersal in trees; local conservation.

Simon A. Levin Dynamics of populations and communities; spatial heterogeneity and problems of scale; evolutionary ecology; theoretical and mathematical ecology; biodiversity and ecosystem processes.

Stephen W. Pacala
Population biology and community ecology of plants; theoretical and mathematical ecology; global interactions among the biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere.

Bess B. Ward Biological oceanography, marine microbiology.