||Tilman is one of the world's leading ecologists, blending theoretical and experimental work seamlessly. His classic research created the benchmark model for determining how different organisms within an ecosystem compete for resources. His field experiments and theoretical insights have helped to alert scientists to the fact that the reduction in the number of plant and animal species on the planet has a profound effect on the way the Earth's ecosystems function. For the last decade, much of his work has focused on the environmental impacts of global agriculture and how global food demand could be met in more sustainable ways. |
He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1976. He is Regent's Professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in Ecology at the University of Minnesota, as well as an instructor in Conservation Biology; Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; and Microbial ecology. He is director of the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve Long-term Ecological Research station. Tilman has been a Guggenheim Fellow, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a member of the National Academy of Science.In 2000 Tilman was designated the Most Highly Cited Environmental Scientist of the Decade by Essential Science Indicators.In 2008, Tilman was awarded the International Prize for Biology, and in 2010, the Heineken prize in Environmental Sciences.