NatSci's Marjorie Weber named Ecological Society of America Early Career Fellow

  • Mar 2, 2018
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NatSci plant biologist Marjorie Weber has been named a 2018 Ecological Society of America Early Career Fellow. Photo courtesy of Marjorie Weber.

Marjorie Weber, Michigan State University plant biologist, has been named a 2018 Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA).

Weber, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Biology in the College of Natural Science, is now part of an elite group of early career scientists elected nationally by the society this year. Early Career Fellows are members who have advanced ecological knowledge and applications within eight years of completing their doctoral training and show promise of continuing to make outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by the ESA. They are elected for five years.

Weber, whose lab is housed in the Department of Plant Biology, said she is honored to receive the award.

“I am thrilled to be named an Ecology Society of America Early Career Fellow,” said Weber, who is also a faculty member of the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior (EEBB) program.  “I’ve looked up to many ESA Fellows since my first ecology conference; it is a real honor to be awarded this distinction.”

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Weber studies cooperative interactions between plants and insects and their implications for the generation and maintenance of diversity. Here a giant desert weevil perches on a twig. Photo courtesy of Marjorie Weber.

Weber’s research focuses on understanding how ecological interactions have shaped the striking diversity of life that has evolved on our planet. To do this, she combines evolutionary and ecological approaches to study cooperative interactions between plants and insects and their implications for the generation and maintenance of biodiversity.

“We are very pleased that the Ecological Society of America has recognized Marjorie’s contributions to the field of ecology,” said Danny Schnell, chair of the Department of Plant Biology in the College of Natural Science. “Marjorie’s highly innovative research program is making major contributions to our understanding of the diversification and adaptation of plants to different environments. We are very fortunate to have emerging leaders like Marjorie on the faculty.”

All new Early Career fellows will be recognized in August during the awards ceremony at ESA’s annual meeting in New Orleans, La. A complete list of the 2018 ESA Early Career fellows can be found at https://www.esa.org/esa/about/esa-fellows-program/esa-fellows/.

 

Banner image: Weber studies the evolutionary ecology of a wide variety of plant-insect interactions. Here, a plant provides nectar for an ant in return for protection against herbivores. Photo courtesy of Ellen Woods.