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James H. Brown Lecture - Human Macroecology: Resources, Economics, and Global Sustainability

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013

Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Contact: Craig S. Hood · · (504) 865-2193

Location: Miller Hall, Room 114

James H. Brown, Ph.D., distinguished professor of biology at the University of New Mexico, will present the 2013 Moore Lecture in Ecology and 25th Annual Lecture of the Southeastern Louisiana Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Group on the campus of Loyola University New Orleans.

Brown is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. A past president of three major professional societies, the Ecological Society of America, American Society of Mammalogists, and American Society of Naturalists, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Grinnell Medal, the C. Hart Merriam Award, and other major honors by professional scientific societies and foundations. Dr. Brown has written or edited seven books including Biogeography (1983, now in its 4th edition), Foundations in Ecology (1991), Macroecology (1995), Scaling in Biology (2000), Foundations in Biogeography (2004), Scaling Biodiversity (2007), and over 200 papers in the world’s top scientific journals. He and co-authors have proposed the Metabolic Theory of Ecology as an explanatory theory of ecological and evolutionary patterns.

His research concerns biological scaling and macroecology, where he has compiled large data sets on body size, abundance, area of geographic range, and other attributes of many species of birds, mammals, and other organisms. These studies have revealed that species distributions have patterns that appear to be universal or nearly so. They suggest mechanistic hypotheses invoking energetics and resource use. His lecture on Human Macroecology will apply these ecological and evolutionary concepts to humans and global sustainability.

Formed in 1989, the Southeastern Louisiana Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Group ( has as its goals the support of research and education in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology through the interaction among faculty, researchers and students from area institutions, including Loyola University, Tulane, University of New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana University, Xavier, Nicholls State University, LSU, U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. National Park Service. Each year, the group holds an annual lecture, hosted by one of the local institutions, featuring an eminent scientist.

Professor Walter G. Moore served as a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences for over 30 years, dedicating his professional career to helping Loyola undergraduates succeed in Biology. His love of ecology, especially of our local bayous, swamps, lakes and marshes, inspired many of his students. An endowed fund has been established to support a biennial Lecture in Ecology in his name. This lecture series allows us to bring eminent ecologists to our campus to enrich the lives of our current students and to celebrate the memory of Dr. Moore's contributions to ecology at Loyola. For more information on the Moore Endowed Fund, click here.

Dr. Brown’s Lecture is supported by the Prof. Walter G. Moore Endowed Fund, the Department of Biological Sciences, the Environment Program, and the College of Humanities & Natural Sciences.

For Additional Information contact:  Dr. Craig Hood -- or (504)-865-2193.


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