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2014 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement Laureate: Simon Levin, PhD

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Published on Mar 24, 2014

Professor Simon A. Levin, PhD, of Princeton University, is the recipient of the 2014 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for his research revealing the complexity of, and relationships between, species and ecosystems. His work has been fundamental in the crafting of environmental policies and advancing the study of complex ecosystems -- the myriad relationships and interactions in nature.

Since its inception in 1973 as one of the world's first international environmental awards, the Tyler Prize has been the premier award for environmental science, environmental health and energy.

Levin's research has led the way to a deeper understanding of the interactions among groups of plants and animals living together, to their impact on the environment, to the interplay of different ecosystems -- forests, oceans and tidal zones, for example. This research has revealed insights into evolution and the origins of biodiversity, leading to improved management of natural resources, like forests and fisheries, as well as broader environmental policies. Fundamentally, Levin's work on theoretical ecology -- ecology based on mathematical modeling -- has helped to put environmental research into context and provide a big picture for understanding our environment.

For more information, please visit: www.tylerprize.usc.edu/press/pr2014.html

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