Biologist honored for contributions to the understanding of microbial community ecology and evolution
Jay T. Lennon has been elected as a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. Lennon is a professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biology. He also serves as associate chair of the department’s Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior Section.
The Ecological Society of America is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization of professional ecologists, and this special recognition is awarded to ESA members who have made outstanding contributions to advancing or applying ecological knowledge in academics, government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.
Lennon was elected for his substantial contributions to the understanding of the ecology and evolution of microbial communities and their relationship to ecosystem function, notably the importance of dormancy as a mechanism that maintains microbial diversity; leadership in developing a research vision to bridge the disciplines of microbiology and macroecology; and interdisciplinary service and mentorship of junior researchers.