Steve Hubbell (Principle Investigator)
Dr. Hubbell is a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and Senior Staff Scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Steve is an internationally known ecologist whose research focuses on tropical rain-forests and theoretical ecology.
Steve has published 3 books and more than 120 scientific papers in tropical plant ecology, plant-animal interactions, and theoretical ecology. He is Founder and Chairman of the Board of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), a national organization with more than 10,000 members and over 200 universities and professional societies, with the mission of improving the science underlying environmental decision- making.
Steve is also Co-founder and board member of the Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS), which manages a global network of permanent tropical forest research plots. The network has natural populations of more than 6,000 tree species under study, about 10% of the tree flora of the world. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment, winner of the Distinguished Service Award of the Society for Conservation Biology, and a Crafoord Prize nominee. He has received 60 grants from private foundations, corporations, the National Science Foundation, and other organizations and individuals in support of his research, the NCSE, and CTFS. He is also the creator of a well-known educational board game, Extinction: the Game of Ecology.
- Ph.D., University California, Berkeley
- Bachelor of Science, Carleton College
Brant Faircloth (Assistant Researcher; Principle Investigator)
Brant Faircloth is an Assistant Researcher in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA. Brant's work with Steve largely involves the application of molecular tools to research questions dealing with problems in tropical forest ecology. Brant concurrently works with Patricia Gowaty on questions related to reproductive behavior in a number of organisms.
Brant is largely interested in ecological modeling; non-model organism genomics; mating behavior, with an emphasis on the genetic mechanisms underlying mate choice; and computer programming. Prior to moving to UCLA, the focus of Brant's dissertation research, which used a combination of field- and genetic-techniques, was to elucidate components of mating and social behavior in Northern Bobwhites - a project conducted in conjunction with Tall Timbers Research Station.
When (infrequently) away from work, Brant enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, mountain-biking, and running. He also has a website.
- Ph.D., University of Georgia
- Bachelor of Science, University of Georgia
Jeffrey Wolf (Graduate Student)
Jeff is a graduate student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology working with Steve and Brant on quantitatively testing R* theory in the BCI forest.