Keynote Speaker

Dr. Eric R. Pianka

Eric R. Pianka, Ph.D., earned a B.A. from Carleton College in 1960, a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1965, and the D.Sc. degree or his collected works in 1990 from the University of Western Australia. He was a postdoctoral researcher with Robert H. MacArthur at Princeton University during 1966-68. He is currently the Denton A. Cooley Centennial Professor of Zoology at the University of Texas in Austin, where he has taught evolutionary ecology since 1968. Pianka has presented hundreds of invited lectures at most of the world's major academic institutions as well as several important plenary lectures. During his 45 year academic career, Eric Pianka sponsored 21 graduate students and published a couple hundred scientific papers, four of which became "Citation Classics," as well as dozens of invited articles, book chapters, and 18 books including an autobiography. His classic textbook Evolutionary Ecology, first published in 1974, went through seven editions, has been translated into Greek, Japanese, Polish, Russian and Spanish, and is now available as an eBook. In collaboration with Laurie Vitt, Nicolás Pelegrin, Daniel Fitzgerald, and Kirk Winemiller, Dr. Pianka recently published what he calls “The most important paper of my academic career” in The American Naturalist (2017): Toward a Periodic Table of Niches, or Exploring the Lizard Niche Hypervolume.

Talk title:

Towards a Periodic Table of Niches, or Exploring the Lizard Niche Hypervolume