Columbia Professor Shahid Naeem to Head Ecological Society of America
by Earth Institute
December 9, 2021
Shahid Naeem, head of the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability, has been elected president of the Ecological Society of America. The 9,000-member society, founded in 1915, is the world’s largest community of professional ecologists. Naeem will serve in 2023-2024.
Naeem is an ecologist and conservation biologist, Lenfest Distinguished professor and chair of Columbia University’s Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology. He is lead editor of the journal Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning and Human Well-Being as well as lead author of a new book, Sustainable Food Production. He has published more than 100 scientific articles.
“Shahid brings to ESA a blend of curiosity and insights of discovery of the ecological world and an understanding of the critical role biodiversity plays in supporting ecosystems and humanity,” said current ESA president Dennis Ojima. “These insights and passion for the ecological world will provide insightful leadership.”