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Stephen Hubbell

Stephen P. Hubbell (born 17 February 1942) is an American ecologist on the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles. He is author of the unified neutral theory of biodiversity and biogeography (UNTB), which seeks to explain the diversity and relative abundance of species in ecological communities. Dr. Hubbell is also a senior staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Balboa, Panama. He is also well known for tropical forest studies. In 1980 he and Robin Foster of the Field Museum in Chicago, launched the first of the 50 hectare forest dynamics studies on [Barro Colorado Island ] in Panama, and this plot became the flagship of a global network of large permanent forest dynamics plots, all following identical measurement protocols. This global network now has more than 40 plots in 22 tropical countries, and these plots contain more than 8000 tree species and 6 million individual trees that are tagged, mapped, and monitored long-term for growth, survival and recruitment. The [ Center for Tropical Forest Science ] coordinates research across global network of plots through the [ Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute ]. Since 2008 the program has expanded into the temperate zone, and is now known as the [ Smithsonian Institution Global Earth Observatory ] or SIGEO.

In 1988, while a Professor at Princeton University, he founded the Committee for the National Institutes of the Environments (CNIE), a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. on his fellowship from the Pew Charitable Trusts. The goal of the CNIE was to promote the creation of a government agency called the National Institutes of the Environment (NIE), modeled on the [ National Institutes of Health ]. After a dozen years, the organization became the [ National Council for Science and the Environment ], whose mission is "to improve the scientific basis of environmental decision-making."

Stephen Hubbell was born in Gainesville, Florida.[1] He earned his doctorate in zoology at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1969. As a professor at the University of Michigan, he taught graduate courses for the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica. Later, at Princeton University, as a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, he continued study of the population biology of tropical trees.

In 2003, Dr. Hubbell became Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Georgia.[2]

As a Fellow at the Pew Institute for Ocean Science, Hubbell initiated the establishment of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), which works with the parties that create and use environmental knowledge to influence environmental decisions.[1]

Dr. Hubbell is married to evolutionary ecologist Patricia Adair Gowaty, who is also a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Education and honors

  • Ph.D., Zoology, 1969, University of California Berkeley, California
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow, 1980
  • Pew Fellows Program in Conservation and the Environment, Fellow, 1990[3]
  • National Council for Science and the Environment, Chair, 1991–
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow, 2003

Publications

References

External links

  • Scientific American Interview with Steve Hubbell

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