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UT Austin Scientist Wins Eminent Ecologist Award

UT Austin Scientist Wins Eminent Ecologist Award

The world's largest society of professional ecologists will recognize Eric Pianka with its top award for achievement in the field. 

The Ecological Society of America will hold its 100th annual meeting in August and present Pianka with its Eminent Ecologist Award.Eric Pianka

A professor in the Department of Integrative Biology since 1968, Pianka is the Denton A. Cooley Centennial Professor of Zoology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a distinguished scientist in the Texas Academy of Science. His specialty, the evolutionary ecology of lizards, led to his being featured in a PBS "NOVA" documentary called "Lizard Kings."

According to the Ecological Society of America:

The Eminent Ecologist Award is given to a senior ecologist in recognition of an outstanding body of ecological work or sustained ecological contributions of extraordinary merit. During his 50-year academic career, Pianka… published nearly 200 scientific papers, several of which became "Citation Classics." His textbook "Evolutionary Ecology," first published in 1974, went through six editions and has been translated into multiple languages. Pianka's key and durable contributions to empirical ecology encompass wide‐ranging studies of lizard community ecology across many continents and the discovery of many new lizard species. … All of his conceptual contributions are grounded in a thorough understanding of natural history with a deep love of the natural world. His work has influenced many individuals, both inside the ecological profession and beyond.

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Guest - Kirk Winemiller on Monday, 18 May 2015 14:05

Congratulations Dr. Eric Pianka. This is a tremendous honor and one that is very well deserved!

Congratulations Dr. Eric Pianka. This is a tremendous honor and one that is very well deserved!
Guest - Eric on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 12:57

Thanks Kirk
Needless to say I am immensely pleased to be recognized in my own time
Eric

Thanks Kirk Needless to say I am immensely pleased to be recognized in my own time Eric
Guest - Rachel Spayd on Monday, 18 May 2015 15:38

Congratulations Uncle Eric! What amazing life filled with countless contributions to your profession. I am proud to know you and. Call you "Unc". Rachel (and Joe Vaughan)

Congratulations Uncle Eric! What amazing life filled with countless contributions to your profession. I am proud to know you and. Call you "Unc". Rachel (and Joe Vaughan)
Guest - Eric on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 12:56

Rachel
Nice to hear from you
Thanks
Uncle Eric

Rachel Nice to hear from you Thanks Uncle Eric
Guest - Tony Joern on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 11:12

Congratulations for sure, Your Eminence. I may have to go to this ESA meeting to witness the formalities. This is definitely deserved!

Congratulations for sure, Your Eminence. I may have to go to this ESA meeting to witness the formalities. This is definitely deserved!
Guest - Eric on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 12:55

Hi Tony
They tell me there a 'special trophy" -- Guess I'll have to go get it!
Thanks, Eric

Hi Tony They tell me there a 'special trophy" -- Guess I'll have to go get it! Thanks, Eric
Guest - Dr. Davi Pantoja on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 13:50

Congratulations Eric !! You have been GREAT! Your work and contributions on Ecology and Herpetology has been inspiration to me since I went to college and now it's inspiration to my students. It was a worthwhile opportunity to have spent one year with you at UT. I'm very thankful for all moments. Abraços!

Congratulations Eric !! You have been GREAT! Your work and contributions on Ecology and Herpetology has been inspiration to me since I went to college and now it's inspiration to my students. It was a worthwhile opportunity to have spent one year with you at UT. I'm very thankful for all moments. Abraços!
Guest - Eric on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 04:31

Thanks Davi
I have fond memories of time spent with you both in Pirenopolis and Austin.
Look forward to seeing results of your efforts!
Eric

Thanks Davi I have fond memories of time spent with you both in Pirenopolis and Austin. Look forward to seeing results of your efforts! Eric
Guest - Joe Parker (Heidi's lesser half) on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 17:00

Congratulations Eric!!
I was really happy to hear about this.
Joe

Congratulations Eric!! I was really happy to hear about this. Joe
Guest - Eric on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 04:35

Hi Joe
Thanks, I am immensely pleased too. This honor helps vindicate my saying the politically incorrect word "overpopulation" not to mention all the savage attacks.
Eric

Hi Joe Thanks, I am immensely pleased too. This honor helps vindicate my saying the politically incorrect word "overpopulation" not to mention all the savage attacks. Eric
Guest - vhutchison on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 17:12

Good for Eric! Well deserved.

Good for Eric! Well deserved.
Guest - Eric on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 04:32

Thanks Vic
Guess if you live long enough, things like this eventually come your way
Eric

Thanks Vic Guess if you live long enough, things like this eventually come your way Eric
Guest - Steve Morton on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 19:17

Congratulations Eric, from the heart of desert Australia - a richly-deserved honor! Steve Morton

Congratulations Eric, from the heart of desert Australia - a richly-deserved honor! Steve Morton
Guest - Eric on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 08:29

Many thanks Steve!
Your Eminence Eric

Many thanks Steve! Your Eminence Eric
Guest - Daniel Mesquita on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 20:43

Eric,
Congratulations!!! Thanks for all knowledge you give all of us!!! I hope to see you soon!!
Daniel

Eric, Congratulations!!! Thanks for all knowledge you give all of us!!! I hope to see you soon!! Daniel
Guest - Eric on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 08:30

Thanks Daniel,
I hope we can make that periodic table of lizard niches soon!
Eric

Thanks Daniel, I hope we can make that periodic table of lizard niches soon! Eric
Guest - David Hillis on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 20:50

Wat to go, Eric! Well deserved, and we are proud of you!

Wat to go, Eric! Well deserved, and we are proud of you!
Guest - Eric on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 08:33

Hi David
Many thanks -- I am immensely pleased!
Eric

Hi David Many thanks -- I am immensely pleased! Eric
Guest - David Hillis on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 20:51

Wat = Way on an iPhone

Wat = Way on an iPhone
Guest - Katy Klymus on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 21:01

Congrats Dr. Pianka! Wish I could join you at ESA in August! All the best!

Congrats Dr. Pianka! Wish I could join you at ESA in August! All the best!
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