Nils Chr. Stenseth has become a member of The National Academy of Sciences

Nils Chr. Stenseth has been inaugurated as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Few Norwegians have been members of this scientific elite that includes about 200 Nobel Prize winners.

Nils Christian Stenseth

Photo: Eva Simensen

The 28th of April 2015 Nils Chr. Stenseth was elected into this prestigious academy a foreign associate, and he has now, 30 April 2016, been inaugurated in a seremony in the academy in Washington.

Nils Chr. Stenseth is the chair of The Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, and is a professor in ecology and evolution at the Department of Biosciences at the University of Oslo in Norway.

Only five Norwegians are members of this Academy today, and two of them include the Nobel Prize winners in Neurosciences, Edvard and May-Britt Moser. About 200 of the members are Nobel Prize winners.

The American Science academy was established in 1863. The aim of this non-profit organisation is to ”provide independent and objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology”.

On the NAS web pages Nils Chr. Stenseth writes the following:

Most of my work relates to basic issues. However, I find great pleasure in working on more applied issues as well

My research interests span a broad spectrum of ecological and evolutionary topics, most of which are rooted in population biology. Before the early 1990s, much of my work was purely theoretical. Later, I have adopted the research strategy of 'asking' available data what the underlying ecological or evolutionary process might most likely be - all within a theoretical perspective. Variations in population densities in time and space - and the underlying demographic processes - have been a main interest of mine over the years. An important example is the interdependent relation between density-dependent and density-independent processes, where the ecological effect of climate is an important example of the latter.

Most of my work relates to basic issues. However, I find great pleasure in working on more applied issues as well; I have never been ashamed of my research being of practical use here and now. These applied interests have brought me into work on pest control (e.g., rodents in Africa), harvesting (marine and terrestrial), bio-economics (e.g., the ecological dynamics of dry-land pastoral systems) and epidemiology (Plague).

I am convinced that it is helpful to try to understand what has happened in the past, in preparing for what might happen in the future, e.g., ecological and evolutionary effects of climate change. For this reason, I value the existence of long-term time series - and the analysis of them.

Published May 2, 2016 4:28 PM - Last modified May 2, 2016 9:51 PM