10 November 2014

Professor Simon A. Levin, Princeton University

Simon Levin was Chair of IIASA’s governing Council from 2003 to 2009, Vice-Chair from 2009 to 2013, and Chair of the US Committee for IIASA throughout that time. An ecologist, he won the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement in 2014 for his "research revealing the complexity of, and relationships between, species and ecosystems.

Simon Levin

Simon Levin

Simon Levin is George M. Moffett Professor of Biology in the Department of Ecology and Evolution and Director of the Center for BioComplexity at Princeton University. He is adjunct professor at Cornell University and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Levin specializes in mathematical modeling and empirical studies in the field of macroscopic patterns of ecosystems and biological diversities, with particular focus on the robustness of ecological systems. Other specialist research fields are dynamics of populations and communities; spatial heterogeneity and problem of scale; evolutionary, mathematical and theoretical ecology; evolution of cooperation, and maintenance of social norms.

Dr. Levin is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Resources for the Future, the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

He co-chaired the Science Board of the Santa Fe Institute from 2007-2010 is a former President of the Ecological Society of America and the Society for Mathematical Biology.

His most recent award was the 2014 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for his fundamental work in the crafting of environmental policies and advancing the study of complex ecosystems – the myriad relationships and interactions in nature.

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