Special Plenary Talk: Sunday, November 13, 2016
“Adventures in nature and the pathways to ecological understanding”
Dr. James Estes, University of California Santa Cruz
James Estes is a community ecologist and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz. Jim is recognized especially for his contributions to our understanding of trophic cascades, stemming from his decades of research on sea otters and kelp forest ecosystems. He received his Ph.D. in Biology and Statistics from the University of Arizona in 1974. He was employed as a research scientist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey from 1974 to 2007, after which he joined the faculty at UC Santa Cruz. Jim received the Western Society of Naturalists’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2014. He recently authored the book “Serendipity: An Ecologist’s Quest to Understand Nature” (University of California Press, 2016).