Shahid Naeem to Present Kimball Lecture on April 4

by Kelly Clisham
Shahid Naeem conducting work in the field

Shahid Naeem, PhD, professor of Ecology at Columbia University, will present this year’s Grace Kimball Memorial Lecture, “Thinking Creatively About the Demise of the Living World: Functional Diversity and Functional Traits in a Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function (BEF) Framework,” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, in Stark Learning Center, room 105. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Shahid Naeem’s teaching, research and publications focus on the importance of biodiversity in the functioning of ecosystems and the services they provide humanity.

He earned his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and was a postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College of London, the University of Copenhagen and University of Michigan. He previously served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota and the University of Washington.

Naeem was the recipient of the Ecological Society of America’s Buell and Mercer Awards and the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty award at Columbia University. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an Aldo Leopold Leadership fellow. Naeem serves as president for the Ecological Society of America. 

The Kimball Lecture is named for Grace Kimball, former professor of microbiology at Wilkes University. Lecturers are chosen by the Wilkes University biology faculty as scientists who have distinguished themselves in evolutionary biology.

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