The explanatory memorandum cites Stephen Hubbell’s important theoretical studies of biodiversity and biogeography, and his long-term research on the tropical rain forests in Panama.

His work has a significant impact in better understanding the factors that maintain the diversity of tropical forest ecosystems and how these endangered ecosystems can best be preserved and managed.

In early October, Professor Hubbell will arrive in UmeĂ„ to receive the Kempe Award. Furthermore, he will present two honorary lectures. On Monday 6 October at 3:00 pm, he will lecture on “Neutral Theory as a Tool for Understanding Ecological Complexity” in P-O BĂ€ckströms Conference Hall, SLU. He will discuss the subject of “Neutrality, Niche, and the Dynamics of a Neotropical Tree Community” on Tuesday 7 October at 3:00 pm at Auditorium KB3B1, KBC Building, UmeĂ„ University.

It is the eight occasions in which the Kempe award has been awarded. Ecology researchers at UmeÄ University and SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) are jointly responsible for the selection of the award recipients.

Marie-Charlotte Nilsson Hegethorn, Forest Ecology and Management, SLU in UmeÄ

Phone: +46 (0)90-786 84 40

E-mail: Marie-Charlotte.Nilsson@svek.slu.se