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Ecologist Jim Grace of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, LA, recently received the Regional Science Excellence Award in the Biology Discipline in the USGS' Central Region. Jim is among the first USGS scientists to receive this new award, which will highlight the USGS' most prominent scientific achievements each year.
Jim's primary scientific responsibility is to conduct research on wetlands conservation and, in particular, restoration and maintenance of native-plant communities in coastal-prairie ecosystems.
He has achieved international renown as a pioneer in the ecology of plant competition and community-analysis methodologies. His use of wetland systems as models to address basic questions in plant-community ecology has produced a fundamental shift in the way ecologists approach studies of species interactions and community dynamics.
His multivariate statistical methods have enabled him to develop complex models to create more realistic predictive models of diversity, in line with the National Science Foundation's elevation of "biocomplexity" as an overarching principle and dominant current theme.
Outreach is another responsibility that Jim takes very seriously. He is always willing to lend assistance and give advice to more junior researchers. He is active in training graduate students and teaches occasional special-topic seminars at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.
Lastly, Jim is passionately devoted to the promotion of science in his own community, serving on the board of the Lafayette Natural History Museum and Planetarium and playing a major role in the redesign of the museum's exhibit space at its new headquarters, as well as promoting the museum's mission of informing the public about the natural world.
Jim Grace is devoted to his science, to the application of his research in solving problems, to the development of his fellow scientists in their education and careers, and to promoting the understanding of science and natural-resource issues in his community.
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