Ecological Stoichiometry, Phosphorus and Sustainability
Dr. James Elser – Regent’s and Parents Association Professor University of Arizona
James Elser tests the theory of biological stoichiometry (the balance of elements in nature), spanning scales from organisms to ecosystems. His research integrates global comparisons of various phenomena associated with biological stoichiometry, and he is truly a world leader and integrator of this field. Dr. Elser has expanded ecological stoichiometry by increasing our understanding of how organisms use elemental resource ratios and how resource supply relative to resource demand drives critical biological process ranging from cellular production of ATP to organismal growth rates to ecosystem net productivity. At the cellular level, he is investigating how tumor growth rates are linked to differences in carbon to nitrogen and carbon to phosphorus ratios within cells, and at the global level he is leading research that addresses the uncertainty associated with global declines in phosphorus and the consequences for human nutrition.
Dr. Elser’s outstanding role as a professional mentor is perhaps best exemplified by his development of Woodstoich, an ecologist’s version of Woodstock, whereby rebellious youth expand beyond the confines of our current knowledge and understanding of, in this case, the theory of ecological stoichiometry. Woodstoich has attracted early-career scientists interested in synthesizing or exploring promising connections between ecological stoichiometry and nutritional geometry, or the connections between either of these and other major ecological or evolutionary theories. The workshops have been wildly successful, and fun, resulting each year in special issues in the journal Oikos. Many of the early-career participants make important discoveries and advancements to the field and establish international collaborations that they maintain throughout their careers.
Dr. Elser has over 215 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and currently has $11 million in grants from NSF and NASA. He is co-author of the book Ecological Stoichiometry: The Biology of Elements from Molecules to the Biosphere. He is past president of the Ecological Society of America, and current president of the Association of the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography.
2016 Lectures – Three Parts
Part 1. Academic lectures and workshop
All will be held 3-4 pm in WC130, MMC campus of Florida International University, simultaneously shown in MSB105 on the BBC campus.
Part 2. Presentation open to the general public followed by a wine and cheese reception
Phosphorus, Food, and Our Future
Thursday, January 28, 7 pm – The Kampong Tropical Botanical Garden – 4013 Douglas Rd, Coconut Grove.
In addition to Dr. Elser, the discussion panelists will include:
- Dr. Evelyn Gaiser, Executive Director of the School of Environment, Arts & Society, Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Lead-PI Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research Program, Florida International University
- Ms. Sonia Succar Rodríguez, Director, Phosphorus Grand Challenge, Everglades Foundation. Ms. Succar Rodríguez oversees the Foundation’s first-ever science competition, a multimillion dollar prize aimed at finding an innovative solution to solving the global problem of excessive phosphorus entering water bodies.
- Dr. Katrina Schwartz, Former Fellow at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Dr. Schwartz is a qualitative social scientist working in the interdisciplinary field of political ecology.
- Dr. Gail Hollander, Associate Professor, Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University. She is the author of “Raising Cane in the ‘Glades: The Global Sugar Trade and the Transformation of Florida”, “Securing Sugar: National Security Discourse and the Establishment of Florida’s Sugar-producing Region,” in Economic Geography, and “Agricultural Trade Liberalization, Multifunctionality, and Sugar in the South Florida Landscape” in Geoforum.
- Dr. Sue Newman, Sr. Scientific Section Lead at South Florida Water Management District. Sue has extensive research on phosphorus biogeochemistry in sub-tropical ecosystems.
This evening is co-sponsored by FIU Department of Biological Sciences, the Southeast Environmental Research Center, and the Everglades Foundation.
Part 3. Exploration of the intersection of science and art
Dr. Elser will be a discussion panelist and show his video “The Long Alchemy of Becoming” as part of the art/science exhibition In Deep with Diatoms. Monday, February 1, 3-5 PM, starting in BBC campus room HL175 for the video and panel discussion, then moving to the Hubert Library ASK! Center for the art exhibition.
If you have any questions about these events please contact Jeffrey Wells at 305-348-1320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.