For the Opening Lecture of Biosemana 2014, our guest will be Prof. Dr. Daniel Simberloff, on May 12nd, at “Quinhentão” Hall, in Centro de Ciências da Saúde, na UFRJ, Ilha do Fundão, Rio de Janeiro.
The Lecture has the title “Biological invasions: What do they do, what can we do, and why are they controversial?”, and its scope is to discuss the various arguments and their impacts on both science and policy regarding biological invasions.
Professor Simberloff is a Ph.D in Biology from Harvard University (1969). He is presently the Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Science at University of Tennessee.
His work encompasses ecology, evolution, conservation biology, biogeography, and statistical ecology.
Specific research interests include:
- Invasion biology. The patterns displayed by species introduced outside their geographic ranges, the impacts such species have on the communities they invade, and the means by which such invasions can be managed.
- Community composition and structure. The determinants of community composition (which species can coexist in communities?) and community patterns that reflect these determinants.
- Community morphological structure. The ways in which species vary morphologically depending on which other species are present.