OOS 11
Nurturing Ideas and Scientists in Ecology: A Tribute to Bill Robertson

Tuesday, August 12, 2014: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM
Magnolia, Sheraton Hotel
Organizer:
Lars O. Hedin
Co-organizers:
Hal Mooney and Pamela Matson
Moderator:
Harold Mooney
This session is designed to reflect upon, and to celebrate, the impact that William (Bill) Robertson IV and the A.W. Mellon Foundation has had on Ecology as a vibrant and evolving scientific discipline. Rather than focussing on Bill directly, we propose to focus on what Bill and the Foundation cared about in their way of supporting our field of science over more than three decades: how best to nurture ideas and the ecologists that develop them.
8:00 AM
 Advances in sustainability science and marine ecology
Jane Lubchenco, Oregon State University; Bruce A. Menge, Oregon State University
8:20 AM
 Bringing theory to real-world ecosystems
Simon Levin, Princeton University
9:00 AM
 Savanna vegetation structure. Top down or bottom up?
Edmund C. February, University of Cape Town
9:20 AM
 Discoveries in microbial ecology
Kathleen Treseder, University of California Irvine
9:40 AM
9:50 AM
 Risking scientific discovery at new ecological scales
Gregory P. Asner, Carnegie Institution for Science
10:30 AM
 Impact on the Ecological Society of America
Katherine McCarter, Ecological Society of America