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Ecology Symposium Honors Retired Faculty

Scientific Festival Probes Ecological Sciences, Honors Retired Professors

Symposium examines trends in ecological sciences, honors retired scholars

(March 3, 2005)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( —The University of California, Riverside’s Center for Conservation Biology will hold a scientific festival and symposium Saturday, March 5 to honor retired professors Nick Waser and Mary Price. The free festival, titled “The Ecology of Communities: A Scientific Festival for Nick Waser and Mary Price,” will begin at 9:30 a.m. on the UCR campus in Life Sciences room 1500.

UCR’s Department of Biology will bring professors Nick Waser and Mary Price back to the campus they worked on for 25 years before their retirements to recognize their multi-disciplinary, perspective, and mindful approaches to their discipline with a day of good science, good music, and good food.

The conference and celebration come at a critical time as university administrators examine what will be the future trajectory of ecological science at UCR. The aim will therefore be to highlight the essential role that ecology plays in academia and society. The daylong event will begin with talks by eminent ecologists including Janis Antonovics of Duke University and Paul Dayton of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UCSD. After lunch, Svata Louda of the University of Nebraska and John Rotenberry of UCR will speak.

The full symposium program


A conference at the University of California, Riverside-Saturday, March 5, 2005
Symposium Program —Life Sciences 1500:

  • 9:30 AM —Registration

  • 9:45 AM —Welcome and Introduction -Marlene Zuk, University of California-Riverside

  • Session Chair —Norman Ellstrand, University of California-Riverside
  • 10:00 AM —"Linnaeus to Linus: ravishing riant crowned flowers" —Janis Antonovics, Duke University

  • 11:00 AM —“The loss of nature and the nature of the loss: sense of place, biophilia, and the importance of education”-Paul Dayton, Scripps Oceanographic Institute

  • 12:00 PM —lunch

  • 1:00 PM —“Biological control: a double-edged sword”—Svata Louda,University of Nebraska
  • 2:00 PM —“Theoretical ecology as the basis for conservation biology”—John Rotenberry, University of California-Riverside

  • 2:45 PM —Break

  • Session Chair —Arlee Montalvo, University of California-Riverside
  • 3:15 PM —“Waser, Price, and Antipodean pollination biology”—Rob Whelan, University of Wollongong

  • 3:35 PM —“Nick, Mary, the ecology of communities, and the community of ecology”—Nancy Huntly, Idaho State University

  • 3:55 PM —“Genealogies, connections, and webs in the Waser & Price collaboration”—Randy Mitchell, University of Akron

  • 4:15 PM —“Nick and Mary: Greatest Hits!”—Paul Aigner, University of California-Mclaughlin Reserve

  • 4:35 PM —Comments by Ruben Alarcon, University of Arizona


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