I. Academic/Professional Background
A. Name: Michael A. Huston Title: Professor
B. Educational Background
Degree Year University Major Thesis/Dissertation
Ph.D. 1982 University of Michigan The effect of soil nutrients and light on tree growth and interactions during tropical forest succession
M.S. 1977 University of Michigan
B.A. 1973 Grinnell College Biology
No Degree 1971 Deep Springs College
C. University Experience
Position University Dates
Professor, Department of Biology 2003- Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Adjunct Professor Faculty of Agricultural and Natural Sciences 2009-2011
University of Western Australia, Perth, WA
Adjunct Professor Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 1999-2003
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Adjunct Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 1990-2003
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Adjunct Professor Department of Geography 1990-2003
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
D. Relevant Professional Experience
Position Entity Dates
Executive Director, Interdisciplinary Solutions for 1999-2006
Environmental Sustainability, Inc (ISESI), Oak Ridge, TN
Senior Scientist, Environmental Sciences Division, 1995-2003
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Project Leader, Walker Branch Watershed Project, 1988-1993
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Research Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory 1983-1995
Research Assistant, University of Michigan 1978-1982
Teaching Assistant, University of Michigan 1975-1976
E. Other Professional Credentials (licensure, certification, etc.)
A. Teaching Honors and Awards: None
B. Courses Taught:
Bio 2410 Fall 2008, 2012 Introductory Botany
Bio 4454/5454 Spring 2004-2009, 2012 Plant Ecology
Bio 7421 Fall 2004-2007, 2009 Landscape Dynamics
Bio 1320 Fall 2012 Introductory Biology for Non-majors
Current Concepts of Biodiversity. International Biodiversity Course, Canada Nature
Museum and Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, July, 1997.
Individual-based Models (with L. Persson, A. de Roos, and E. Werner) Nordic Council on Ecology Graduate Seminar, Kronlund Field Station, Sweden, March, 1993
Ecological Regulation of Biodiversity (seminar), Ecology Program, University of
Tennessee, Winter, 1993.
Biodiversity (seminar) , Ecology Program , University of Tennessee, Fall, 1991.
Community Ecology (Core course, with Dr. S. Riechert), Ecology Program, University of
Tennessee, Fall, 1986.
Coral reefs and species diversity. (Lecture series for graduate course in Marine Ecology), Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Mass. July, 1986.
C. Graduate Theses/Dissertations or Exit Committees (if supervisor, please indicate): Tim Fotinos, PhD, Texas State University (Chair, in process)
Jeremy Henson, M.S., Texas State University (Committee member, 2012)
Robbie Maxwell, M.S., Texas State University (Committee member, 2012) Amanda Birnbaum, M.S. Texas State University (Chair, 2011)
Ben Harnden, M.S., Texas State University, (Chair, in process)
Frank Davis, M.S., Texas State University (Committee Member, 2011)
Kathy Eggemeyer, PhD, Texas State University (Committee Member) (2010)
Jed Aplaca, M.S., Texas State University (Committee Member) (2010)
Kaci Myrick, M.S., Wildlife Biology (committee member) Texas State University (2007) Patrice Cole, PhD, Ecology, (committee member), University of Tennessee. (2003).
"Environmental effects on Microstegium vimineum, an invasive exotic plant species"
Jason Fridley, PhD, Ecology, (committee member), University of North Carolina (2002). "The influence of species diversity on ecosystem productivity in different
environments: experimental plant communities and theory."
Enrique Gomezdelcampo, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, (Directing
committee member), University of Tennessee (2002). A model of carbon and nitrogen dynamics for temperate grasslands and forests.
Charles LaFon, PhD, Ecology, (committee member), University of Tennessee
(2000) "Patterns and consequences of ice storms in forested Appalachian landscapes"
Gregory Barlar, MS, Forestry, (committee member), University of Tennessee (2000) "Temporal and spatial variation in annual growth of yellow poplar
(Liriodendron tulipifera L.) at Walker Branch Watershed, Tennessee."
William Rivers, PhD, Ecology (committee member), University of Tennessee, (1999)
"Landscape-level control of population dynamics: Late- Quaternary paleoecology of Beech in Upper Michigan"
Milena Holmgren, Ph.D. Program in Ecology (Committee Chair), University of
Tennessee (1996) "Responses of Forest Tree Seedlings to Experimental Variation in Light and Water"
Michelle Boyd, MS, Ecology, (committee member), University of Tennessee (1998) "Landscape Ecosystem Classification in the Cherokee Forest - Phase 2"
Brenda Rashleigh, PhD, Program in Ecology, (committee member),
University of Tennessee (1998) "Multi-scale analylsis of Unionid freshwater mussel community structure in the Upper Tennessee Basin"
Gary Huxel, PhD Program in Ecology (committee member) University of
Tennessee, (1995) "Influences in community assembly"
Larry Pounds, Ph.D. Program in Ecology (committee member), University of Tennessee
(1995) "A model for multiple preserve selection for endangered plants"
Charles LaFon, M.S. Program in Geography (committee member), University of
Tennessee (1994) "Fifty years of succession on abandoned pastures at the Oak
Ridge Reservation, Tennessee: Influences of pre-abandonment land use on vegetation development"
D. Courses Prepared and Curriculum Development: Bio 4454/5454 Plant Ecology
Bio 7421 Landscape Dynamics
Bio 2410 Botany
E. Funded External Teaching Grants and Contracts: None
F. Submitted, but not Funded, External Teaching Grants and Contracts:
G. Funded Internal Teaching Grants and Contracts: None
H. Submitted, but not Funded, Internal Teaching Grants and Contracts: None
I. Other: None
A. Works in Print
1. Books (if not refereed, please indicate)
United Nations Commission on Science and Techology for Development. 1997. On
Solid Ground: Science, Technology, and Integrated Land Management.
International Research Development Centre, Ottawa, Canada, 67 pp.
Huston, M.A. 1994. Biological Diversity: The Coexistence of Species on Changing
Landscapes. Cambridge University Press, 708 pp. (10+ published reviews, over
6000 copies sold). a. Scholarly Monographs: None
b. Textbooks: None
c. Edited Books: None
d. Chapters in Books:
Huston, M.A. 2003. Understanding the effects of fire and other mortality-causing disturbances on species diversity. Pages 51-84 in Fire in South-Western
Australian Forests: Impacts and Management, N.C. Burrows and I. Abbott, eds. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands.
Huston, M.A., D. E. Todd, and D.G. Barlar. 2003. Long-term forest dynamics and tree growth on the TDE site, Walker Branch Watershed. Pages 227-254 in
Responses of Eastern Deciduous Forest to Drought, P.J. Hansen, and S. Wullschleger, eds., Oxford University Press.
Huston, M.A., M. Holmgren, and M. Kreh. 2003. Responses of understory tree
seedling populations to spatiotemporal variation in soil moisture. Pages 417-432
in Responses of Eastern Deciduous Forest to Drought, P.J. Hansen, and S. Wullschleger, eds., Oxford University Press.
Huston, M.A., and A.C. McBride. 2002. Evaluating the relative strengths of biotic
versus abiotic controls on ecosystem processes. Pages 47-60 in Approaches to Understanding Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function , M. Loreau, S. Naeem, and P. Inchausti, eds. Oxford University Press.
Schmid, B. , A. Hector, M.A. Huston, P.Inchausti, I. Nijs. P.W. Leadley, and D. Tilman. 2002.
The design and analysis of biodiversity experiments. Pages 61-75 in Approaches to Understanding Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function, M. Loreau, S. Naeem, and P. Inchausti, eds. Oxford University Press.
Huston, M.A. 2002. Introductory Essay: Critical issues for improving predictions.
Pages 7-21 In Predicting Species Occurrences,: Issues of Scale and Accuracy. J. M. Scott, P.J. Heglund, M.L. Morrison et al. eds. Island Press, Washington, DC.
Huston, M.A. 1999. Forest productivity and diversity: Using ecological theory and landscape models to guide sustainable forest management. Pages 329-341 in
North American Science Symposium: Toward a Unified Framework for
Inventorying and Monitoring Forest Ecosystem Resources. C. Aguirre-Bravo and
C.R. Franco, eds. USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-12.
Huston, M.A., G. McVicker and J. Nielsen. 1999. A Functional Approach to
Ecosystem Management: Implications for Species Diversity. Pages 45-85 in
Ecological Stewardship: A Common Reference for Ecosystem Management , Vol.
II, R.C. Szaro, N.C. Johnson, W.T. Sexton, and A.J. Malk, eds. Elsevier Science, Oxford.
Huston, M.A., and L.E. Gilbert. 1996. Consumer diversity and secondary production.
Pages 33-47 In Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes in Tropical Rainforests, ed. G. Orians, R. Dirzo, and J.H. Cushing . SCOPE/Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
Clapp, R.T., S.P. Timmins, and M.A. Huston. 1992. Visualizing the surface
hydrodynamics of a forested watershed. In Computational Methods in Water
Resources IX Vol. 2: Mathematical Modeling in Water Resources. ed. T.F. Russell, R.E. Ewing, CA. Brebbia, W.G. Gray, G.F. Pinder. pp. 765-772. Southampton:
Computational Mechanics Publications and London: Elsevier Applied Science.
Huston, M.A., R.K. Colwell, et al. 1991. Conceptual framework and research issues for species diversity at the community level. Pages 37-69 in From Genes to
Ecosystems: A Research Agenda for Biodiversity, Report of an IUBS-SCOPE- UNESCO Workshop at Harvard Forest, ed. O.T. Solbrig. Cambridge, Mass.:
International Union of Biological Sciences.
Pastor, J.J., and M.A. Huston. 1986. Predicting ecosystem properties from physical
data: a case study of nested soil moisture-climatic gradients along the Appalachian chain. Pages 82-95 in M.I. Dyer and D.A. Crossley, eds. Coupling of ecological
studies with remote sensing: Potentials at four Biosphere Reserves in the United
States. U.S. Dept. of State. Publ. 9504, Washington, D.C.
e. Creative Books: None
a. Refereed Journal Articles:
Laliberté, E., H. Lambers, D. A. Norton, J.M. Tylianakis and M.A. Huston. 2012. A long-term experimental test of the dynamic equilibrium model of species diversity. Oecologia, DOI
Huston, M.A. 2012. Precipitation, Soils, NPP, and Biodiversity: Resurrection of Albrecht’s Curve. Ecological Monographs 82:277-296.
Fridley, J.D., J. P. Grime, M.A. Huston, S. Pierce, S. M. Smart, K. Thompson, L. Börger, R. W. Brooker, B. E.L. Cerabolini, N. Gross, P. Liancourt, R. Michalet, Y. Le Bagousse-Pinguet.
2012. Comment on “Productivity Is a Poor Predictor of Plant Species Richness” Science 335: 1141.
Huston, M.A, and S. Wolverton. 2011. Regulation of animal size by eNPP, Bergmann’s rule, and related phenomena. Ecological Monographs 81:349-405.
Huston, M.A., and S. Wolverton. 2009. The global distribution of Net Primary Production: Reconciling the paradox. Ecological Monographs 79:343-377.
Wolverton, S., M.A, Huston, J.H. Kennedy, K.E. Cagel, and J.D. Cornelius. 2009. Conformation to Bergmann's rule in white-tailed deer can be explained by food availability. American Midland Naturalist. 162:403-417.
Peters, D. P. C., P. Groffman, K. Nadelhoffer, N.B. Grimm, S. Collins, W. Michener, and
M.A. Huston. 2008. Living in an increasingly connected world: A framework for continental- scale environmental science. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6:229- 237.
Saar, D.A., D.E. Hibbs, and M.A. Huston. 2005. A hierarchical perspective of plant diversity
The Quarterly Review of Biology, 80: 187-212
Huston, M.A. 2005. The three phases of land-use change: implications for biodiversity
Ecological Applications, 15: 1864-1878
Huston, M.A. 2004. Management strategies for plant invasions: manipulating productivity, disturbance, and competition. Diversity and Distributions 10: 167-178
Gonzalez-Espinosa, M., J.M. Rey-Benaya, N. Ramiriz--Marcial, M.A. Huston and D. Golicher.
2004. Tree diversity in the northern Neotropics: regional patterns in highly diverse Chiapas, Mexico. Ecography 27: 741-756
Huston, M.A., and G. Marland. 2003. Carbon management and biodiversity. Journal of
Environmental Management 67: 77-86
Hastwell, G. T., and M.A. Huston . 2001. On disturbance and diversity: a reply to Mackey and
Currie (2000). Oikos 92: 367-371
Loreau, M., et al. 2001. Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: current knowledge and future challenges. Science 294: 804-808
Huston, M. A, et al.. 2000. No consistent effect of plant diversity on productivity Technical comment on "Plant diversity and productivity experiments in European grasslands," A. Hector et al., Science, Nov. 5, 1999. Science 289: 1255a
LaFon, C.W., M.A. Huston, and S.P. Horn. 2000. Effects of agricultural soil loss on forest succession rates and tree diversity in East Tennessee. Oikos 90: 431-441
Huston, M.A. 1999. Microcosm experiments have limited relevance for community and ecosystem ecology: Synthesis of comments. Ecology 80: 1088-1089
Huston, M.A. 1999. Local processes and regional patterns: appropriate scales for understanding variation in the diversity of plants and animals. Oikos 86: 393-401
DeAngelis, D.L., L.J. Gross, M.A. Huston, F.W. Wolff, M. Flemming, E.J. Comiskey, and S.M. Sylvester. 1998. Landscape modeling for Everglades ecosystem restoration. Ecosystems 1: 64-
Huston, M.A. 1997. Hidden Treatments in Ecological Experiments: Re-evaluating the Ecosystem
Function of Biodiversity. Oecologia 110:449-460
Holmgren, M, M. Scheffer, and M.A. Huston. 1997.The interplay of facilitation and competition in plant communities. Ecology 78: 1966-1975
Huston, M.A. 1996. Modeling and management of coarse woody debris. In Biodiversity and Coarse Woody Debris, ed. J. McMinn and D.A. Crossley, U.S.Forest Service Southeastern Experiment Station, Gen. Tech. Rep. SE-94.
Huston, M.A., and D.L. DeAngelis. 1994. Competition and coexistence: the effects of resource transport and supply rates. American Naturalist, 144: 954-977
Garten, C.T., M.A. Huston, and C. Thoms. 1994. Topographic variation of soil nitrogen dynamics at Walker Branch Watershed, Tennessee. Forest Science 40:497-513
Huston, M. A., and T. Fontaine. 1994. Predicting temporal and spatial flood dynamics using a pre-calibrated model. Water Resources Bulletin, 30:651-661
DeAngelis, D.L., and M.A. Huston. 1993. Further considerations on the debate over herbivore optimization theory. Ecological Applications 3: 30-31
Huston, M.A. 1993. Biological diversity, soils, and economics. Science 262:1676-80
Huston, M.A. 1992. Biological diversity and human resources. Impact of Science on Society
(UNESCO), 166: 121-130
Chason, J, D. Baldocchi, and M.A. Huston. 1991. A comparison of direct and indirect methods for estimating forest canopy leaf area. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 57: 107-128
Huston, M.A. 1991. Use of individual-based forest succession models to link physiological whole-tree models to landscape-scale ecosystem models. Tree Physiology, 9:293-306
Richter, D.D., L.I. Babbar, M.A. Huston, and M. Jaeger. 1990. Effects of annual tillage on organic-carbon in a fine textured udalf - the importance of root dynamics to soil carbon storage Soil Science 149: 78-83
Smith, T.M, and M.A. Huston. 1989. A theory of the spatial and temporal dynamics of plant communities. Vegetatio 83: 49-69
Timmins, S, M.A. Huston, and R.B. Clapp. 1989. Generation of digital elevation models from contours and comparison of topographic indices (abstract). Eos 70: 1094
DeAngelis, D. L, P.J. Mulholland, V. Palumbo, M.A. Huston, and J.W. Elwood. 1989
Nutrient dynamics and food web stability. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 20: 71-95
Huston, M. A, D.L. DeAngelis, and W.M. Post. 1988. New computer models unify ecological theory. BioScience 38: 682-692
DeAngelis, D.L., and M.A. Huston. 1988. Effects of growth rates in models of size distribution formation in plants and animals. Ecological Modeling 36: 119-137
Robertson, G.P., M.A. Huston, F.C. Evans, and J.M. Tiedje. 1988. Spatial variability in a successional plant community: Patterns of nitrogen mineralization, nitrification, and denitrification. Ecology 69:1517- 1524
Huston, M.A, and D.L. DeAngelis.1987. Size bimodality in monospecific populations: A review of potential mechanisms. American Naturalist 129: 678-707
Huston, M.A, and T.M. Smith. 1987. Plant succession: Life history and competition. American
Naturalist 130: 168-198
Huston, M.A. 1986. Size bimodality in plant populations: an alternative hypothesis. Ecology 67:
Huston, M.A. 1985. Patterns of species diversity on coral reefs. Annual Review of Ecology and
Huston, M.A. 1985. Variation in coral growth rates with depth at Discovery Bay, Jamaica . Coral
Reefs 4: 19-25
Huston, M. A. 1985. Patterns of species diversity in relation to depth at Discovery Bay, Jamaica. Bulletin of Marine Science 37:928-935
Huston, M. A. 1982. The effect of soil nutrients and light on tree growth and interactions during tropical forest succession. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Michigan
Huston, M.A. 1980. Soil nutrients and tree species richness in Costa Rican forests. Journal of
Huston, M. A. 1979. A general hypothesis of species diversity. American Naturalist 113:81-101
b. Non-refereed Articles:
Huston, M.A. 2003. Heat and Biodiversity (letter in response to “Global biodiversity,
biochemical kinetics, and the energetic-equivalence rule” Allen et al. Science 30, August 2002). Science, 299: 512.
Huston, M.A. 2001. People and Biodiversity in Africa (letter in response to “Conservation conflicts across Africa,” Balmford et al. Science, 30 March 2001).. Science 293:
Guterman, L. 2000. Have ecologists oversold biodiversity? Some scientists question
experiments on how numerous species help ecosystems. The Chronicle of Higher
Education. October 13, 2000.
Huston, M.A., A.E. Huston, and J. Scurlock. 2000. Shifting the Carbon Balance (letter).
Bioscience 50: 292.
Wardle, D.A. M.A. Huston, J.P. Grime, F. Berendse, E. Garnier, W.K. Lauenroth, H. Setala, and S.D. Wilson. 2000. Biodiversity and ecosystem function: an issue in ecology. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 81:235-239.
Huston, M.A. (interview). 2000. Biodiversity as a Political Football. Environmental
Review 7 (7): 8-16.
Kaiser, J. 2000. Rift over biodiversity divides ecologists. Science 289: 1282-1283.
Krause, C. 1996. Life on Earth: Why Biodiversity Varies. Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Review 29 (4&5): 40-51. www.ornl.gov/ORNLReview/rev29_3/text/life.htm
Huston, M.A. 1995. Biodiversity thrives where crops fail. Forum for Applied Research and
Public Policy, 1995.
Huston, M.A., and J. Isebrands. 1995. Monitoring interception of photosynthetically active radiation (Report on Workshop). Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America,
Huston, M.A. 1995. Saving the planet (and U.S. Agriculture) with the 1995 Farm Bill: a
farm policy conference (Report on conference). Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, June, 1995.
Huston, M.A. 1994. Biological Diversity and Agriculture (response to letters). Science
Huston, M.A. 1994. Facing the Truth about the Tropics (editorial). Tropinet Newsletter,
Huston, M.A.1992. Walker Branch Watershed: DOE's Canary in a Cage. Oak Ridge
National Laboratory Review 25(1): 2-9.
3. Conference Proceedings
a. Refereed Conference Proceedings: None
b. Non-refereed: None
(see B.1 – all talks have abstracts published in Program or Proceedings)
Huston, M.A., E. Gomezdelcampo, and R. Sewell. (2003). Linking topography,
hydrology, and biodiversity to understand terrestrial impacts on aquatic systems. Report to National Council for Science for Sustainable Forestry (NCSSF) under
contract to Interdisciplianry Solutions for Environmental Sustainability, Inc
(ISESI), July, 2003.
Huston, M.A. (2001). Biodiversity science issues related to remote sensing
capabilities. Report for Workshop on Conservation Applications of Remote Sensing, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, Dec. 2001. Sponsored by Conservation International and NASA.
Ecosystem Working Group (M. Huston et al.) (1998). Terrestrial Ecosystem
Responses to Global Change: A Research Strategy. Oak Ridge National
Laboratory Technical Memorandum.
Hansen, P.J., D.E. Todd, M.A. Huston, J.D. Joslin, J. Croker, and R. Auge. (1998).
Description and Field Performance of the Walker Branch Throughfall
Displacement Experiment. 1993-1996. ORNL/TM-13586. Oak Ridge National
Laboratory. Oak Ridge, Tennessee. 47 pp.
Environmental Monitoring Team (M. Ruggiero, M. Huston, et al.) (1997).
Integrating the Nation's Environmental Monitoring and Research Networks and
Programs: A Proposed Framework. Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of the White House.
Huston, M.A., and Breman, H. (1995). Contributions of Science and Technology to an
Integrated Approach to Land Management. Report for United Nations
Commission on Science and Technology for Development and UN Commission on
Sustainable Development, addressing Chapter 10 of Agenda 21.
Huston, M.A. (1995). Biodiversity Management for Ecological Sustainability. Report for Science Policy Associates, Inc. as part of Biodiversity Uncertainties and
Research Needs (BURN) interagency project.
Hanson, P.J., D.E. Todd, N.T. Edwards, and M.A. Huston. 1995. Field performance of the Walker Branch Throughfall Displacement Experiment. In Ecosystem
Manipulation Experiments: Scientific Approaches, Experimental Design, and
Relevant Results. A. Jenkins, R.C. Ferrier, and C. Kirby, eds. pp. 307-313.
Ecosystem Research Report # 20, Commission of the European Communities, Copenhagen.
Huston, M.A. (1994). Environmental Technology Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and
Ecosystem Restoration. Contribution to Inter-laboratory Initiative on
Technologies for a Sustainable Future.
Huston, M.A. (1994). Instream Ecological Monitoring: Interpretation of Biotic
Results. Pages 6:34 - 6:45 in Fourth Report on the Oak Ridge National
Laboratory Biological Monitoring and Abatement Program for White Oak Creek Watershed and the Clinch River. J.M. Loar, ed. Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL/TM-11544.
Huston, M.A. (1994). Instream Ecological Monitoring: Interpretation of Biotic
Changes. Page 6:28 in Third Report on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Biological Monitoring and Abatement Program for White Oak Creek Watershed
and the Clinch River. J.M. Loar, ed. Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL/TM-
Turner, R.S., P.J. Hansen, M.A. Huston, C.T. Garten, Jr., and P.J. Mulholland. 1993.
A large-scale throughfall manipulation experiment on Walker Branch Watershed. In Environmental Manipulations of Biota and Biogeochemical Cycling in
Ecosystems: Approach - Methodologies - Findings. L. Rasmussen, T. Brydges, and P. Mathy, eds. pp. 96-105. Commission of the European Communities,
6. Book Reviews:
Huston, M.A. 2007. A missed opportunity to influence fire policy. Review of
Wildfire: a century of failed forest policy, G. Wuerthner, Island Press, 2006. BioScience 57: 790-792.
Huston, M.A. 1999. Review of Book: Life in the Balance: Humanity and the
Biodiversity Crisis. Niles Eldridge. Princeton University Press. Bioscience.
Huston, M.A.1998. Review of Book: Ecology and Economics of the Great Plains, D.
S. Licht. University of Nebraska Press. Quarterly Review of Biology.
Huston, M.A. 1997. Rationalizing Biodiversity. Review of Book: Biodiversity and Landscapes: A Paradox of Humanity, K.C. Kim and R.D. Weaver, eds. Cambridge University Press, 1996. Bioscience.
B. Works not in Print
1. Papers Presented at Professional Meetings:
This is a lot to swallow, we are wrong about almost everything. NSF OPUS PI meeting, NSF Headquarters, Washington, DC, Sept. 2012.
Aldo Leopold, Hans Jenny, or William Albrecht, in Missouri, 1930s: An Ecological
Who-done-it. Organized Oral Session, Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of
America, Portland, OR, August 2012.
The Geography of Injustice: Global Patterns of Poverty and Biodiversity. in Symposium “Geographical Ecology,” at the Association of American Geographers Southwest Division Annual Meeting, Austin, Tx. Nov. 2011.
The Geography of Injustice. in Symposium “International, Ethnobiological, and Ecological Perspectives on Environmental Justice,” at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnobiology, Columbus, OH, May 2011.
Environmental constraints on mammalian body size: Procyon lotor, Odocoileus
virginianus, and Homo sapiens. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of
America, Pittsburgh, PA, August 2010. (with Steve Wolverton).
The Global Distribution of Ecosystem Sustainability and Net Primary Productivity.
Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, NM, August
2009 (with Steve Wolverton, University of North Texas).
Local spatial variability in body size of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and food availability at Fort Hood, central Texas.Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, NM, August 2009. ( Steve Wolverton, Michael A. Huston, , Kevin Cagle, Fort Hood DPW, James H. Kennedy and Alan Farmer, University of North Texas).
Climate/topography interaction influences spatiotemporal soil moisture variability and resulting plant beta diversity. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, NM, August 2009. (Timothy A. Fotinos and Michael A. Huston, Texas State University).
Species richness gradients: Re-evaluating the Mid-Domain Effect null model of diversity patterns. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, San Jose, CA, August
2007 (with David F. Snyder, Texas State University).
The effectiveness of a vegetation-based approach for monitoring vertebrate species diversity (Kaci Myrick, Michael Huston, Jeff Hatfield, Floyd Weckerley, and Clay Green). George Wright Society (National Park Service) Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, May 2007.
Small-scale patterns of plant species richness: Implications for biodiversity and exotic invasion. (T. Fotinos, A. Blair, S. B. Harnden, K. McDermid, A. Adhikari., and M. Huston). Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists, Stephenville, Texas, April, 2007.
Tennessee vs. Texas: Comparing patterns of exotic plant invasions, (with P. Barnes, J.W.
Johnston, and L. Pounds). Annual Meeting of the Society of Southwestern Naturalists
(SWAN), San Antonio, TX, April 2004.
Land Use Legacy Effects: Exotic Plant Species Distributions Sixty Years After Agricultural
Abandonment. (with G. Barlar, W. Johnston, and L. Pounds). Natural Areas
Association Annual Meeting, Madison, WI, October 2003.
The distribution of exotic plant species across a recovering landscape (with G. Barlar, W. Johnston, and L. Pounds). Natural Areas Association Annual Meeting,
Asheville, NC, October 2002.
The global pattern of forest structure and production: reversing the latitudinal gradient. ESA Meeting, Madison, WI, August, 2001.
Why save biodiversity: can ecosystem function justify species conservation? (with
J.P. Grime and D.A. Wardle) ESA Meeting, Snowbird, UT, August, 2000.
Effects of waterflow variability on population and community dynamics of benthic
invertebrates in upper Bear Creek, Oak Ridge, Tennessee (poster, S.M. Harrell, J.G. Smith, and M.A. Huston) ESA Meeting, Snowbird, UT, August, 2000.
The begets and begats of diversity, productivity, and stability. ESA Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, August, 1997.
The balance of competition and facilitation in plant communities: a graphical model.
ESA meeting, Snowbird, Utah, August, 1995. (Holmgren, M., M. Scheffer, and M. Huston)
Growth and survival of tree seedlings in a large-scale rainfall manipulation
experiment. ESA meeting, Snowbird, Utah, August, 1995. (Parikh, N., M. Holmgren, M. Huston, B. Pedersen, and D. Moe).
Growth and physiological responses of tree seedlings to experimental manipulation of light and water. ESA meeting, Snowbird, Utah, August, 1995. (Huston, M., and
The 28-year record of ecosystem dynamics on Walker Branch Watershed. ESA
meeting, Snowbird, Utah, August, 1995.
(Todd, D., M. Huston, B. Pedersen, P. Mulholland, S. LIndberg, D. Johnson, and
Spatial distribution of understory plants along gradients of water and light
availability. ESA meeting, Knoxville, Tennessee, August, 1994. (Holmgren M., M.A. Huston, J. Quiles and S. Warner)
Use of a hydrologic model to predict ecosystem properties. ESA meeting, Madison,
Wisconsin, August, 1993 (with C.T. Garten, J.W. Chason, S.P Timmins, and D.E. Todd)
Measuring spatiotemporal variation in canopy leaf area index on a forested landscape, ESA meeting, San Antonio, Texas, August, 1991 (with J. Chason)
Tulip poplar mortality caused by interacting light and water stress during a severe
drought on Walker Branch Watershed, Tennessee. ESA meeting, Snowbird, Utah, August, 1990 (with J. Chason)
Generation of digital elevation models from contours and comparison of topographic
indices. AGU meeting, San Francisco, CA, December, 1989 (with S. Timmins and
Evaluation of hydrograph predictions from a topographically-based hydrologic model on two watersheds with contrasting geology. AGU meeting, San Francisco, CA,
December, 1989 (with R.B. Clapp and S. Timmins)
The influence of climate, chemical quality and soil fertility on litter decomposition. (Poster with J. Pastor and W.M. Post), ESA meeting, Minneapolis, Mn., June
The relationship of species diversity to soil nutrients and moisture on Iowa prairies
(with M.J. Huston), ESA meeting, University of North Dakota, 1983.
The effect of light availability on the biomass and speciesdiversity of a lowland tropical weed assemblage. ESA/BSA meeting, University of Indiana, 1981.
Dominance and suppression during tropical forest succession: patterns in experimental plantings after two years of growth. ESA/BSA meeting, University of Indiana,
The influence of soil nutrients on the growth and distribution of selected species in an experimental oldfield ecosystem. ESA/BSA meeting, University of Indiana, 1981.
Maintenance of species diversity in tropical forests: experiments in Costa Rica. Soc. for the Study of Evolution, Iowa City, 1981.
Patterns of species diversity in an experimental oldfield ecosystem, ESA meeting, University of Arizona, 1980.
Soil nutrients and patterns of early secondary succession in a tropical rainforest. BSA
meeting, University of British Columbia, 1980.
2. Invited Talks, Lectures, and Presentations:
Global patterns in soils, plants, and people: Implications for everything. Symposium on Biodiversity and Soil Chronosequences. School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia, February, 2012.
We were Wrong: Implications of a revised understanding of global NPP for ecology, evolution, and anthropology. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, August 2011
The Geography of Sustainability: The Unhappy Intersection of Poverty and Biodiversity.
Lecture for Conservation Biology Class, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. March
The Geography of Sustainability: Global Patterns of Success and Failure. Lecture for Ecological Economics Class, McCoy College of Business, Texas State University, March 2011
The Geography of Sustainability: The Unhappy Intersection of Poverty and Biodiversity.
Philosophy Dialogue Series, Department of Philosophy, Texas State University, March, 2011.
Correlations among Plants, Animals, and People in Australia: Causes and/or Effects.
Introduction to Symposium on Dissecting Australian Diversity: the key to understanding global biodiversity, 50th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia, Canberra, AU, December 2010.
The Geography of Sustainability: Global Patterns of Success and Failure. School of Earth and Environment Sustainability Symposium, University of Western Australia, November, 2010.
Where the Big Ones Are: Body size patterns in fish, birds, and humans. Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Seminar, University of Western Australia, November, 2010.
Implications of an Upside Down World: The Paradox of Global Productivity and What it Means for Ecology and Evolution. Department of Biology Seminar Series, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, April 2010.
Implications of an Upside Down World: The Paradox of Global Productivity and What it Means for Ecology and Evolution. Department of Biology Seminar Series, University of Texas at San Antonio, March 2010.
Implications of an Upside Down World: The Paradox of Global Productivity and What it Means for Ecology and Evolution. Department of Biology Seminar Series, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, March 2010.
Biodiversity, Poverty, and Climate. Biology Department Seminar Series, Oberlin
College, Oberlin, Ohio, February, 2010.
The Land of Oz: Is Biology in Australia Unique? or Is it just like the rest of the world?
Public Lecture, Albany Campus, University of Western Australia, Albany, WA, July
Biodiversity, Productivity, and Speciation: A Model for Australia (and the rest of the World). Academic Lecture, Faculty of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, July 2009.
The Sustainability of Global Ecosystems: Re-evaluating The Current Paradigm. Public Lecture. Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA. July, 2009
The Sustainability of Global Ecosystems: Re-evaluating The Current Paradigm. Earth
Day Lecture, Austin College, Sherman, TX. April 2009
Rethinking the Planet: The Paradox of Global Productivity and What to do about it. University of Oregon, Biology Seminar Series, Eugene, OR, March, 2009
Rethinking the Planet: The Paradox of Global Productivity and What to do about it.
University of Colorado, Graduate Student Seminar Series, Boulder, CO, October
Rethinking the Planet: The Paradox of Global Productivity OR What’s Wrong with Australia? Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Lecture, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, July 2008
Biodiversity, Poverty, Climate, and Climate Change. Institute for Advanced Studies
Public Lecture, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, July 2008
Rethinking the Planet: The Paradox of Global Productivity and What to do about it. University of North Texas, Biology Seminar Series, Denton, TX, February,
Biodiversity, Poverty, and the Specter of Environmental Determinism. Philosophy
Dialogue Series, Department of Philosophy, Texas State University, October,
Productivity>> Diversity OR Diversity>> Productivity? Technical Seminar, University of Michigan Biological Station, Pellston, MI, July, 2007
Biodiversity, Poverty, Climate, and Climate Change, Ralph E. Bennett Lecture in
Mycology and Plant Biology, University of Michigan Biological Station, Pellston, MI, July, 2007.
Biodiversity, Poverty, and Climate Change. Earth Day Lecture, Austin College, Sherman, Texas, April 2007.
The three phases of land use change: Implications for biodiversity and people in Iowa, Texas, and the World. Speaking of Science Lecture Series celebrating the
opening of the Estelle Siebens Science Center, Buena Vista University, Storm
Lake, Iowa, April 2006
Testing invasion theory with field data: Implications for management. NSF-
sponsored workshop on Invasive Species. University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN, April 2006
The three phases of land use change: Implications for biodiversity in developed and
developing countries. ESA Meeting: Ecology in an Era of Globalization, Merida, Mexico, January 2006.
The three phases of land use change: Implications for biodiversity in developed and
developing countries. El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, November, 2005.
Global patterns of biodiversity, soils, and poverty. El Colegio de la Frontera Sur
(ECOSUR), San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, November, 2005.
The three phases of land use change: Implications for biodiversity in Texas and Iowa.
Ninth Annual Dyksterhuis Lecture, Department of Range Science, Texas A&M University, October 2005.
Testing invasion theory with field data: Implications for management.
NSF/USDA/EPA Joint Meeting on Invasive Species. Washington, D.C. October,
The three phases of land use change: Implications for biodiversity in Texas.
Inaugural meeting of NSF NEON Region 11, San Marcos, TX, October 2005.
The three phases of land use change: Implications for wetlands and biodiversity.
Society of Wetlands Scientists, Annual Meeting of the South Central Chapter, San
Marcos, TX October 2005.
The three phases of land-use change: Implications for agriculture and biodiversity.
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, February, 2005
Global Patterns of Soil and Poverty, Kellogg Biological Station, Hickory Corners, MI, February 2005.
The three phases of land-use change: Implications for biodiversity. Department of
Geography, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. October, 2004.
Soil Chemistry and Human Welfare: Understanding Global Patterns of Population,
Poverty, and Biodiversity. Seminar Series, Roane State Community College, Oak
Ridge, TN, February 2004.
Hydrology, Topography, and Biodiversity: Understanding Terrestrial-Aquatic
Interactions from Local to Regional Scales. Department of Biology. Southwest
Texas State University, July, 2003.
Fire and stand-level patterns of biodiversity: Fire as a generic disturbance. National Council on Science for Sustainable Forestry (NCSSF) Fire Symposium. Research Triangle Park, NC, June 2003.
The Regulation of Biodiversity. Ecology Program. Colorado State University, Fort
Collins, CO. February, 2003.
Why ecologists are so confused: finding a signal in the noise. Graduate Student
Seminar Series, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, October, 2002.
The global pattern of forest structure and growth: implications for conservation and development. Graduate Student Seminar Series, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, October, 2002.
Environmental drivers of land use change. (with H. Gibbs). Symposium on Land use
change in rural America: Rates, drivers, and consequences. ESA Annual Meeting, Tucson, AZ, August, 2002.
The global pattern of forest structure and productivity: implications for biodiversity,
carbon sequestration, and Australia. Faculty of Agriculture, University of Western
Australia, Perth, April, 2002.
Fire and ecological disturbance theory. Keynote presentation. Symposium on Fire in
Western Australia, Conservation and Land Management agency of Western
Australia, Perth, April, 2002.
Predicting the distribution and abundance of exotic plant species. Fourth Annual
Meeting of the Southeastern Exotic Pest Plant Council, Nashville, TN, April, 2002. The irrelevance of standard statistical analyses of experimental and observational data
in ecology. Department of Biology, The University of North Carolina, Chapel
Hill, NC, March 2002.
Topography, soils, and biodiversity: Implications for ecologists and engineers.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Nov. 2001.
Contributions of ecosystem ecology to conservation planning and reserve
management. Workshop on Ecologically Functioning Populations, Wildlife
Conservation Society, White Oak Plantation,Yulee, FL, Nov. 2001.
Predicting the distribution and abundance of exotic plant species. Symposium on
Exotic Species, Natural Areas Association, Cape Canaveral, FL, Oct. 2001
Parallels between terrestrial and marine biodiversity patterns and processes. The
Centre for Marine Biodiversity. Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Halifax, Nova
Scotia. May, 2001.
The history and current status of the biodiversity-ecosystem function controversy.
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, May, 2001.
The global pattern of plant mass and productivity: common wisdom strikes out again; The dynamic equilibrium model: a framework for understanding and managing
biodiversity in forests and rangelands; Dirt is destiny: balancing conservation and economics in land management. Three lectures in the Colorado State University
Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series. Feb. 2001.
Linking Evolution and Ecosystems: A Research Agenda for the 21st Century.
Department of Botany, University of California, Riverside, Jan. 2001.
Biodiversity in landscape decisions. NCASI Conference on Forest Environment
Management: Forest Landscape Management in the Real World. Portland, OR. Sept. 2000.
The environmental basis of human society. Conference on Land Use: Changing
Landscapes of Rural America. Yellowstone National Park, WY, Sept. 2000.
Understanding the common constraints on man and nature. Environmental Studies
Program, Washington and Lee University, Feb. 2000.
Dirt is Destiny: common constraints on plants, animals, and people. Leadoff address for graduate-student organized symposium, Integration across Ecological Scales,
Feb. 2000, Texas A&M University.
Impediments to predictive models in community ecology: Misunderstandings of
processes, scales, and statistics. Keynote address for international conference,
"Predicting species occurrences: issues of scale and accuracy for wildlife habitat modeling," October, 1999, Snowbird, Utah.
Plant species diversity: What processes, what scales? Department of Biology, University of North Carolina, Sept. 1999.
Application of ecological principles to the planning and evaluation of ecosystem
restoration. Symposium on Environmental Monitoring, Annual Meeting of the
Ecological Society of America. Spokane, WA, August, 1999.
Extracting experimental results from long-term monitoring studies: lessons from droughts and floods. Symposium on Serendipity in Environmental Research,
Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Spokane, WA, August,
One or more of the following talks given at each of the Australian institutions listed below
Misguiding the Field of Ecology: Fundamental Concepts and Misconceptions
Restoring the Florida Everglades: Applications of Computer Models to Ecosystem
Assessment and Management
Evaluating the Ecosystem Function of Biodiversity: A critique of recent experiments
Spatial Scale and Ecological Processes: Local versus regional control of species diversity
Evaluating the Dynamic Equilibrium Model of Species Diversity: Twenty Years of
Relevant and Irrelevant Analyses
Endemism and Invasions: Predicting the distributions of rare and problem species. Understanding and managing the patterns of biodiversity on landscapes
Biodiversity conservation, sustainable development and social justice
The Latitudinal Gradient of Species Diversity: What's Rapoport got to do with it?
Australian Institutions visited, January through March, 1999
University of Adelaide
Department of Botany
Waite Institute of Agriculture
Centre for Research on Introduced Marine Pests
CSIRO Marine Science Laboratory, Hobart, Tazmania
University of Sydney
Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal
Marine Ecology Laboratories
James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland
Department of Marine Biology
CSIRO Division of Wildlife and Ecology, Canberra, ACT Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
Center for Plant Biodiversity
University of Western Australia, Perth, WA Soil Science and Plant Nutrition
Department of Botany
Using computer models and ecological theory to plan ecosystem inventories and
monitoring. North American Science Symposium "Toward a Unified Framework for Inventorying and Monitoring Forest Ecosystem Resources, Guadalajara,
Mexico, Nov. 1998.
Reconciling scales and processes: the key to a general theory of species diversity.
Symposium on Seeking Generality in Ecology. Annual Meeting of the Ecological
Society of America. Baltimore, MD, August, 1998.
Belowground processes and the interaction of productivity and diversity. Institute for
Microbial Ecology, Michigan State University, March, 1998.
Misleading the field of ecology: how the search for simplicity leads to irrelevance.
Arthur Cronquist CUNY Graduate Students Plant Sciences Symposium, November,
Multimodeling for South Florida Wetland Ecosystems (with L.J. Gross), Symposium on Technology for Landscape Simulation and Analysis. International Society for Ecological Modeling, Providence, RI, Aug., 1996.
Modern computation and conservation biology: giving theory some muscle (with L.J.
Gross, presenter), Symposium on The Interface between Theoretical Ecology and
Conservation Biology. Society for Conservation Biology Annual Meeting, Providence, RI, Aug. 1996.
Biodiversity and Sustainability, Air & Waste Management Association National
Meeting, Nashville, TN, June, 1996
The effects of climate change on a deciduous forest: experiments on Walker Branch
Watershed, Tennessee. Grinnell College, Feb. 1996.
The regulation of plant community structure on landscapes, Department of Botany, University of California, Riverside, Jan. 1996.
Global patterns of agricultural productivity and biodiversity, Department of Biology, University of California, Riverside, Jan. 1996.
The scientific basis of managing genetic and species diversity. Ecological
Stewardship Workshop, Tucson, AZ, December 1995.
Global patterns of plant productivity: implications for conservation and development.
University of Montreal, December, 1995.
Biological Indicators: a research perspective. National Association of Environmental
Professionals, Washington, DC, June, 1995.
Plant species diversity: global patterns and local processes. Southwestern Texas
University, San Marcos, TX, April, 1995.
Agriculture and Biodiversity. School of Natural Resources, University of Michigan, March, 1995.
The environmental necessity for free farm trade. 1995 Farm Policy Conference, Washington, DC February, 1995.
Patterns of diversity on grasslands: global perspectives. University of Arizona, Tucson, May, 1994.
Global distribution of soil resources: implications for sustainable development.
Sustainable Development Forum, Chicago Area Sigma Xi, March, 1994
Integrating local ecosystem processes to address global issues. DOE Workshop on
"New Research in the Science of Global Change: A multidisciplinary View," Oakland ,California, September 1993.
Resource mobility, competition, and the diversity of sessile organisms. XV International Botanical Congress, Tokyo. September, 1993.
Soils, biodiversity, and sustainable development in lowland tropical rainforests. XV International Botanical Congress, Tokyo. September, 1993.
Individual-based models of plant interactions. Lectures for Nordic Council on
Ecology Course on Individual-based Models. Kronlund Field Station, Sweden, March, 1993.
Biological diversity: global patterns and local processes. University of Kentucky, Lexington, January, 1993.
Biological diversity: global patterns and local processes. Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, Sept. 1992.
Integrated ecosystem research on Walker Branch Watershed, Emory University, Atlanta, July, 1992
Biological diversity: global patterns and local processes. Savannah River Ecology
Laboratory, Aiken, SC, May, 1992
Global patterns of biological diversity. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada. April
Individual-based forest succession models. School of Forestry, University of
Washington, Seattle, Washington. February, 1992.
Productivity, disturbance, and species diversity. Conference on microbial diversity.
Michigan State University, June, 1991.
Plant physiology, competition, and the regulation of species diversity. Duke
University, February, 1991.
Integrating plant physiology, population dynamics, and ecosystem processes. Midwest
Population Biology Conference, Miami University, Ohio, October, 1990.
Research issues and opportunities on Walker Branch Watershed. University of
Tennessee, September, 1990.
The role of plant physiology in ecosystem processes: examples from Walker Branch
Watershed, Vanderbilt University, April, 1990
Application of individual-based modeling techniques to ecosystemprocesses on
Walker Branch Watershed. Clemson University, November, 1989.
Use of individual physiology and life history to predict community and ecosystem dynamics. Symposium: Methods for translating ecological information across
scales. ESA meeting, Toronto, August, 1989.
From physiology to ecosystems: a theory based on individual organisms. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. October 1988.
From physiology to ecosystems: a theory based on individual plants. Institute of
Ecosystem Studies, Cary Arboretum. May 1988.
Community and ecosystem patterns in dynamic landscapes. Michigan State University
Kellogg Biological Station. May 1987.
Community and ecosystem patterns in a dynamic landscape.Speaker and organizer for symposium: Ecosystem and community implications of population processes,
ESA/INTECOL meetings, August 1986.
Light availability and the species diversity of sessile photosynthetic communities in terrestrial and marine environments. Symposium: Factors affecting coral reef
benthic community structure, ESA/ASLO meeting, Minneapolis, Mn, June 1985. Light availability and species diversity in coral reefs and understory plant
communities. University of Georgia, February 1985.
Modeling the effects of geology and climate on ecosystem properties. MAB workshop on remote sensing, Athens, Georgia, May, 1985.
The role of symmetric and asymmetric competition in determining plant population size structure, Symposium: Size hierarchies in plant populations, ESA meeting, University of North Dakota, 1983.
Species diversity in oldfield plant communities (with F.C. Evans), Symposium: Plant commumity ecology - community structure and pattern, ESA meeting,
Pennsylvania State University, 1982.
The regulation of species diversity: experimental data from three systems. University of California, Santa Barbara, 1982.
Coral reefs and tropical rain forests. University of New Orleans, 1981.
Species diversity in coral reefs and rain forests: a non-equilibrium explanation.
University of Minnesota, 1978.
Office of the White House, Panel Member and Writing Coordinator, Interagency
Task Force for Environmental Research and Monitoring, Office of Science and
Technology Policy, 1995.
UN Commission for Sustainable Development, Consultant and Lead Author for land management report, 1994-1995.
South Florida Task Force for Everglades Restoration, Workshop Facilitator for
Science Subgroup, Miami, FL, 1994.
Symposia Organized and Chaired:
The biophysical landscape: implications for ecological, economic, and cultural processes, ESA annual meeting, 1997.
Oak Ridge Climate Change Symposium, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Oak
Ridge, TN, 1994.
Regional Watershed Research Symposium, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Oak
Ridge, TN, 1993.
Regional Watershed Research Symposium, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Oak
Ridge, TN, 1992.
Regional Watershed Research Symposium, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak
Ridge National Laboratory, 1991.
Individual-based Models and Approaches in Ecology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 1990.
Regional Watershed Research Symposium, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak
Ridge National Laboratory, 1990.
Ecosystem and community implications of population processes, ESA/INTECOL
meetings, Syracuse, New York, 1986.
C. Grants and Contracts
1. Funded External Grants and Contracts:
Global Biodiversity: Synthesis of Ecology and Evolution. Research, data analysis, travel, in support of writing a major new book presenting a unified theory of the evolution on distribution of life on Earth. Work preformed at Texas State University – San Marcos, and during international travel to meeting with colleagues. Funded by the NSF OPUS Program (Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis). (M. Huston, PI, $165,085, 1/1/2010 – 12/31/2011).
Predicting the distribution and dominance of exotic species across the landscapes of the
Southern Appalachians. Quantitative field surveys and experiments across landscape gradients on the Oak Ridge National Environmental Research Park, Great Smoky
Mountains National Park, and Big South Fork National Recreation Area. (M. Huston, P.I., $150,000/yr, 2001-2004 (with no-cost extension to 2006 for work in Texas),
grant to Interdisciplinary Solutions for Environmental Sustainability, Inc. (ISESI),
funded by EPA National Center for Environmental Research, Office of Research and
Hydrology-vegetation interactions on the South Florida Landscape. Landscape-scale
simulation for evaluating ecological effects of hydrologic restoration alternatives for
Everglades/Big Cypress (South Florida Restudy). The hydrology/vegetation model
provides the foundation for higher trophic level models (e.g., wading birds, panthers, snail kites) that are part of the Across Trophic Level System Simulation (ATLSS)
program (grant to the University of Tennessee, funded by the USGS Biological
Research Division, and the Army Corps of Engineers) (M. Huston and L. Gross, PIs,
Use of Multi-scale Biophysical Models for Ecological Assessments: Applications in the
Southeastern United States. Landscape analysis and modeling project focusing on
predicting spatiotemporal variability in terrestrial and aquatic ecological properties
across landscapes at a range of spatial scales in the Southern Appalachian region. (M. Huston, P.I., ~$570,000/yr, 1996-2000, grant to the University of Tennessee funded
by EPA National Center for Environmental Research and Quality Assurance)
Walker Branch Watershed, long term research on community and ecosystem processes on a forested watershed. Project Leader in charge of conceptual integration and direction of multi-investigator research on forest succession and productivity, nutrient cycling, hydrology, and response to climatic variation (1988-1993, ~$1,000,000/yr, funded by DOE Office of Health and Environmental Research grant to Oak Ridge National
Laboratory). Current research focuses on response of oak-hickory forest to climate change using experimental rainfall manipulation (Throughfall Displacement
Nutrient availability at a lowland tropical site on volcanically derived soils: Interactions of microbial, vegetation, and abiotic processes (with G.P. Robertson and P. Sollins)
(NSF BSR-8317198, $200,000, funded for two years, 1984-1985)
Long-term effects of mowing and fertilization (4 x 4 factorial design) on biomass, species composition, and nutrient cycling in an oldfield plant community. Experiments
established in 1978 and continued until 1988 at University of Michigan Botanical
Gardens. $60,000 NSF Grant to Francis Evans, University of Michigan, 1979-1983.
2. Submitted, but not Funded, External Grants and Contracts: Too numerous to list
3. Funded Internal Grants and Contracts: None
4. Submitted, but not Funded, Internal Grants and Contracts: None
D. Fellowships, Awards, Honors:
2008 ISI Highly Cited Scientist in Ecology and Environmental Science, since 2002 (over 6000 citations, the only Highly Cited Ecologist in Texas).
2008-2010 Professor-at-Large, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA
2007 Ralph E. Bennett Lecturer in Mycology and Plant Biology, University of
Michigan Biological Station, Pellston, MI, July, 2007.
2005 Dyksterhuis Lectureship, Department of Range Management, Texas
2000 Technical Achievement Award from UT-Battelle for international leadership in addressing the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function
1998 Technical Achievement Award from Lockheed Martin, for publication on design of biodiversity experiments.
1997 BER 50 Exceptional Service Award from DOE Biological and
Environmental Research Program at 50th Anniversary Symposium for
work on ecosystem functioning and biodiversity (other recipients included
Warren Washington, Jay Edmonds, and Craig Venter).
1996 Author of the Year Award from Lockheed Martin, for publication of book on biological diversity
1996 Technical Achievement Award from Lockheed Martin, for publication of book on biological diversity
1996 Technical Achievement Award from Lockheed Martin, for continuing leadership in the field of ecology.
1995 Technical Achievement Award from Martin Marietta, for contributing to integration of ecology and economics.
1995 Distinguished Scientist Award, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
1990 Award of Distinction (First Place) in the International Competition of the
Society for Technical Communication in category of Scholarly and Technical Articles, for "New Computer Models Unify Ecological Theory," coauthored with D.L. DeAngelis and W.M. Post.
1983 Eugene P. Wigner Post-Doctoral Fellowship, ORNL
1982 Organization for Tropical Studies - Noyes Fellowship
1980 Organization of American States Research Fellowship
1978 Charles Lindberg Foundation Grant
1976 NSF Predoctoral Fellowship
1972 Phi Beta Kappa, Grinnell College
1968 National Merit Scholarship
2009 “Whole-Mind” Common Experience Committee
Religion and Science Public Discussion, Panel Member, Center for
Multicultural and Gender Studies, Texas State University, April 2009
College of Science REP Review Committee, 2005-2007.
2007 Common Experience Committee
Member, Biology Chair Search Committee, 2004, 2005
Chair, Aquatic Ecology Search Committee, 2006.
Organizer, Friday “How I Became a Scientist” seminar series. 2004-2008
Member, Land Use Committee 2005-2008
Chair, Ad Hoc Field Station Assessment Committee 2008
Head, Freeman Ranch Research Planning Committee
Vestry, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, San Marcos, TX
Environmental Quality Advisory Board, Oak Ridge, TN, 1986-1988
Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, Member 1986 -2008
Vestry, St. Stepen's Episcopal Church, 1993-1996, 1998-2001
Cub Scout (Webelos) Den Leader, 2000-2002
Rotary Club of Oak Ridge, 2000-2004
Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light, Ecumenical organization to support energy conservation and use of renewable energy sources, charter member, 2001.
Oak Ridge High School Parent Teacher Student Organization, Treasurer, 2002-
EPA Regional Synthesis Panel, June, 1997
USDA Competitive Grants, May, 1995
NSF Site Review Team, Center for Ecological Synthesis, September, 1994. USFS Biodiversity Program Review, Savannah River Site. May, 1994
EPA Ecosystem Stress Detection Panel, Oct. 1991, May, 1992, Jan. 1993
NSF LTER Site Review Team, Desert Ecosystems, June, 1992. DOE Southeastern National Institute of Global Environmental
Change (NIGEC) Panel, 1992, 1993
NSF Restoration and Conservation Biology Panel, 1992, 1995. DOE Hollaender Fellowship Panel, Apr. 1992.
Diversity and Distributions: A Journal of Biological Invasions and
Biodiversity, Editorial Board. 1999 -
Ecology and Ecological Monographs, Associate Editor, 1996-2000.
NSF National Ecological Observatory Program (NEON). Leadership role in
organizing regional collaborations in NEON Region 11, which includes most of
Texas and part of Oklahoma. Serve as member of regional steering committee,
setting priorities for the region and coordinating collaborative interactions (2005 -
). Participated in national planning meeting for planning NEON implementation, November, 2006. Organized site visits.
Climate Change Research Program, Moderator and writing team member on priority research issues, Interagency Ecosystems Working Group, February 2004.
Ecological Stewardship Project, Lead author for Genetic and Species Diversity, Sponsored by U.S.Forest Service, other land management agencies and private foundations,Tucson, Arizona, December, 1995.
(Manuscripts Reviewed 2005-2007): Annals of Botany
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden
American Naturalist (1)
Basic and Applied Ecology (1) BioScience (3)
British Ecological Society Journals (3) Conservation Biology
Diversity and Distributions (21) Ecography (2)
Ecology and Ecological Monographs (8) Ecotoxicology
Global Change Biology (1)
Global Ecology and Biogeography (1) Holarctic Ecology
Journal of Biogeography (2)
Journal of Vegetation Science (2)
Landscape and Urban Planning (1) Nature (1)
Plant and Soil (1)
Scandinavian Journal of Forestry (1) Science (1)
The Royal Society Proceedings B (1) Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Canada Council for the Arts (1)
Israel Science Foundation (1)
NSF Ecology and Ecosystems (5)
Natural Environment Research Council, Great Britain
National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canada
Organization for Tropical Studies
The Nature Conservancy
UNESCO Global Biodiversity Assessment
USDA Competitive Grants
USA Today, Traci Watson, Land Use and Biodiversity, Aug. 18, 2009
Phi Beta Kappa
Ecological Society of America, Ecological Society of Australia,
Association for Tropical Biology,
American Association for the Advancement of Science. American Institute of Biological Science
American Geophysical Union