Princeton University

Simon A. Levin is Moffett Professor of Biology at Princeton and the director of the university’s Center for BioComplexity. His principal research interests are in understanding how macroscopic patterns and processes are maintained at the level of ecosystems and the biosphere, in terms of ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that operate primarily at the level of organisms. Much of his work concerns the evolution of diversification, the mechanisms sustaining biological diversity in natural systems, and the implications for ecosystem structure and functioning. He has done much work on the modeling of epidemiological dynamics, including antibiotic resistance. Levin is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, as well as a fellow with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Levin received the MacArthur Award from the Ecological Society of America and its Distinguished Service Award, the Okubo Prize from the Society for Mathematical Biology and the Japanese Society for Theoretical Biology, the 2004 Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the 2005 Kyoto Prize for Basic Sciences.