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Walter Moore Lecture in Ecology March 17

Loyola press release - March 7, 2005

Loyola University New Orleans Department of Biological Sciences presents the inaugural Professor Walter Moore Lecture in Ecology to be delivered by Michael R. Willig, Ph.D., director of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation, on Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 7 p.m. in Monroe Hall, Room 157.

Willig is an internationally renowned scholar in the ecological sciences. He is one of the founding directors of the Long Term Ecological Research Center at Luquillo in Puerto Rico and has received over $17 million in peer-reviewed grant funding from the NSF, EPA, USDA, and NIH. His research interests broadly span the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology. Much of his field work has been centered in the New World Tropics, in Brazil, Paraguay, and Puerto Rico. He has published four books and more than 130 papers in the most important scientific journals in ecology, including Science, American Naturalist, Ecology, Ecological Letters, and Oikos. His most recent book The Bats of Puerto Rico (Texas Tech Univ. Press, 2005) is the first comprehensive treatment of the biodiversity and conservation biology of Caribbean bats.

Willig received his undergraduate and doctorate degrees from University of Pittsburgh and held his first professorial appointment in Loyola’s Department of Biological Sciences. He has spent the past 22 years Texas Tech University, where he served as chairperson in biological sciences and director of the Institute of Environmental Science.

Professor Walter G. Moore served as a faculty member in Loyola’s Department of Biological Sciences for more than 30 years, until his retirement in 1979. Moore was a warm, engaging, and dedicated professor, known as "the ecologist" at Loyola during his career. His general biology, zoology, comparative anatomy, embryology, and ecology courses were enjoyed by thousands Loyola undergraduates, who then went on to successful careers in environmental biology, education, and the health professions. His love of ecology, and especially of the biology of fairy shrimps, was shared with many students in field trips to our local bayous, swamps, lakes and marshes.

An endowed fund has been established to support an annual Lecture in Ecology in his name. This lecture series allows the university to bring eminent ecologists to campus to enrich the lives of students and to celebrate the memory of Moore's contributions to ecology at Loyola.