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HMEI Faculty Seminar: “Understanding Species Responses to Climate Change: The Role of Population and Community Ecology” with Jonathan Levine
Jonathan Levine, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will illustrate the importance of basic population and community ecology for understanding — and predicting — how changing species interactions influence how ecosystems respond to climate change.

Levine will draw from field experiments that expose plants to novel competitors under warmer climate conditions — as well as laboratory experiments on how evolutionary processes influence plant migration — to argue for the interconnected nature of basic ecological research and research motivated by the need to solve pressing environmental challenges.

Corina Tarnita, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of the Program in Environmental Studies, will lead a discussion and Q&A after the main presentation.

Levine is the final speaker in the Fall 2020 HMEI Faculty Seminar Series.

Dec 1, 2020 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jonathan Levine
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology @Princeton University
Jonathan Levine is associated faculty in the High Meadows Environmental Institute and a principal investigator for, and on the leadership team of, the Carbon Mitigation Initiative based in HMEI. Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Leadership Team, CMI. Levine received his PhD in 2001 from UC Berkeley, where he studied the controls over plant invasions. He was subsequently a postdoctoral researcher at the NERC Center for Population Biology at Imperial College, Silwood Park, where he studied mathematical models of species coexistence. He was an Assistant Professor at UCLA, before moving in 2003 to UC Santa Barbara, where he served as Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor. In 2011, Jonathan was appointed Professor of Plant Ecology at ETH Zurich, where he served until moving to Princeton University in 2019. Jonathan’s research emphasizes the controls over species coexistence, plant migration and invasion, and how communities respond to climate change.