Informing Ecological Recovery

Faculty member honored with early career fellowship for his work combining basic research with ecosystem management

Humans have mastered the art of changing the environment to fit our needs, and scientists such as UC Santa Barbara ecologist Adrian Stier are trying to figure out how the environment will respond.

For his work advancing our understanding of the recovery of degraded marine species and ecosystems, Stier has been named a 2021 early career fellow by the Ecological Society of America (ESA).

Early career fellows are ESA members who have furthered ecological knowledge and applications within eight years of completing their doctoral training, and who show promise of continuing to make outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by the society. They are elected for five years.

“I’m incredibly humbled by this award,” said Stier, an associate professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology. “When I look around at my colleagues, I feel surrounded by so much creativity and brilliance. I’ve been afforded a lot of opportunities to learn and pursue my curiosity that so many other people aren’t. So I am hopeful that I can leverage any small notoriety from this to offer new opportunities to people who have traditionally been ignored in the sciences.”

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