Plenary Speaker

Stephen P. Hubbell, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Stephen P. Hubbell

Stephen P. Hubbell is an American ecologist on the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. 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. Steve is also a senior staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Balboa, Panama and is well known for tropical forest studies. 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." In 2003, Steve became Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was awarded the W.S. Cooper Award, Ecological Society of America in 2006 and the Eminent Ecologist Award, Ecological Society of America in 2009.

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