Colloquium: David Tilman

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara



"Biodiversity: Causes, Consequences and Conservation"

David Tilman
Professor, the Bren School
Regents' Professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in Ecology
University of Minnesota

Monday, Feb. 6, 2012
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

Hosted by Steve Gaines



Although it often has been asserted that biodiversity is the "natural capital" upon which society depends, rigorous evidence has been lacking. I will present results of a 17-year-long biodiversity experiment, and of a dozen other long-term experiments to evaluate the importance of biodiversity relative to many other factors. I will then apply this evidence to evaluate the role that REDD+ and other schemes might play in providing society with ecosystem goods and services, and preserving biodiversity.


David Tilman is the newest member of the Bren faculty. He is also Regents' Professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in Ecology at the University of Minnesota. His research explores how to sustainably meet human needs for food, energy, and ecosystem services. He is a  member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a J. S. Guggenheim Fellow. He was awarded the International Prize for Biology in 2008 and the Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences in 2010. He is also the recipient of the Ecological Society of America’s Cooper Award and its MacArthur Award, and the Botanical Society of America’s Centennial Award and the Princeton Environmental Prize. He has written two books, edited three more, and published more than 200 scientific papers, including more than 30 in Science, Nature and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. For the past 19 years, the Institute for Scientific Information has ranked him as the world’s most highly cited environmental scientist.

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