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05.20.24 - Kimberly Shen ’24 Receives Research Project Award
Kimberly Shen, advised by Professors Simon A. Levin and Denis Patterson (Durham University and Visiting Research Scholar in the Levin Lab), has been awarded the Best Research Project Prize by Princeton's Program in Applied and Computational Math (PACM). Congratulations to Kimberly!
01.31.24 - Simon A. Levin Receives Alumni Excellence Award from the University of Maryland
Simon A. Levin has been awarded the 2024 Alumni Excellence Award: Terp Research Award by the University of Maryland Alumni Association. This prestigious award is presented annually to alumni whose research is transformational and making an impact. To read more, click here.
12.11.23 - Former Levin Lab Member Professor Jérôme Chave Elected to the French Academy of Sciences
Professor Jérôme Chave, University of Toulouse III, France, who was a postdoc in the Levin Lab from 1999-2001, has been elected to the French Academy of Sciences. The official ceremony will be held on June 4, 2024. Congratulations on this honor Professor Chave.
10.30.23 - Levin Lab Collaborator & Friend Professor Abba B. Gumel Elected as Fellow of UNESCO's TWAS
Professor Abba B. Gumel, University of Maryland, has been elected as a fellow of UNESCO's World Academy of Sciences, effective January 1, 2024, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to science and its promotion in the developing world. Congratulations on this honor Professor Gumel.
09.22.23 - Theo Gibbs Receives Cassidy Yang Memorial Prize
Theo Gibbs, (GS, Levine and Levin Labs; QCB), has received the Cassidy Yang Memorial Prize from the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton. The Prize, in memory of former graduate student Cassidy Yang, is given to graduate students who excel in academics in science or engineering and display leadership in mentoring other students, participating in outreach activities, and fostering the graduate student community.
09.18.23 - Theo Gibbs Receives 2023 Hack Award
Theo Gibbs, (GS, Levine and Levin Labs; QCB), has received a 2023 Mary and Randall Hack ‘69 Graduate Award for Water and the Environment from the High Meadows Environmental Institute. To read about this award and Theo's research, click here.
09.18.23 - Theo Gibbs, Simon A. Levin, and Jonathan M. Levine Receive Award from ESA for their Paper
Theo Gibbs, (GS, Levine and Levin Labs; QCB), Simon A. Levin, and Jonathan M. Levine received an honorable mention (Outstanding Ecological Theory Paper category) from the Ecological Society of America (ESA) for their paper "Coexistence in diverse commnities with higher-order interactions," published in PNAS (2023). To read about the award, click here. To read their paper, click here.
07.17.23 - Simon A. Levin and Former Levin Lab Members Receive Award for Most Cited Paper
Simon A. Levin and former Levin Lab Members Malin Pinsky and Talia Young, along with other scientists, have received the award for the most cited Population Ecology paper 2021-2023, for their paper, "Fish and Fisheries in Hot Water: What Is Happening and How Do We Adapt?" To read their paper, click here.
06.26.23 - Levin Lab Postdocs Guillaume Falmagne and Annie Stephenson Win Poster Prize at SFI Symposium
Levin Lab Postdocs Guillaume Falmagne and Annie Stephenson, along with Simon A. Levin, have won the prize for second best poster at the Sante Fe Institute Collective Intelligence Symposium. The title of their poster is "Surveying Early Warning Signals of Transitions Using a Large-Scale Collaborative Experiment." To see their poster, click here.
05.15.23 - Levin Advisee Daniel Bauman (class of 2023) Receives PACM Prize
Daniel Bauman (Mathematics and Program in Applied & Computational Mathematics [PACM]), has received the PACM Best Research Project Prize for his work on a continuous model of nutrient dynamics and N fixation. Congratulations to Daniel!!
04.03.23 - Former Levin Lab Member Jude Kong Receives York University's President's Emerging Research Leadership Award
Former Levin Lab member Jude Kiong (postdoc 2017-19, now Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at York University) has received the President's Emerging Research Leadership Award from York University. The President of York University writes that this award indicates that Professor Kong has not only made "notable impacts on his field through his research, grant funding and publications, but that he has also developed an outstanding global network for using mathematical modeling and AI to address global health pandemics." Furthermore, Kong has proven himself to be "an advocate for the local Black Creek community, and an outstanding mentor for his students and Black students at York." To read more about Professor Kong and his research, visit his website.
01.10.23 - Professor Talia Young, Founder of Fishadelphia, Featured in Hakai Magazine
Talia Young (Levin Lab postdoc 2016-19; Visiting Assistant Professor, Haverford College, and founder of Fishadelphia, a youth-centered program that brings fresh, local seafood to unserved neighborhoods in Philadelphia) has been featured in the magazine Hakai. To read the article, click here.
01.10.23 - Professor Iain Couzin Receives Rothschild Distinguished Fellowship
Professor Iain Couzin (Levin Lab postdoc 2002-05; Director, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Department of Collective Behavior and Chair of Biodiversity and Collective Behavior, University of Konstanz, Germany) has received the Rothschild Distinguished Fellowship from the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (University of Cambridge). This fellowship is an endowment that supports visits from preeminent mathematicians. To read more about this fellowship and Professor Couzin's plans for it, click here.
12.23.22 - Postdoc Woi Sok Oh Will Participate in a FORMAS Project in Collaboration with the Stockholm Resilience Center (SRC)
A proposal entitled "Understandiing and Managing Sweden's Exposure to Water Resilience Risks in the Anthropocene" was accepted by the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (FORMAS). This project will be led by Lan Wang-Erlandsson (SRC), and Levin Lab and HMEI postdoc Woi Sok Oh will participate as a collaborator. The project will build more collaborations within the ERSI group.
10.31.22 - Vân-Ánh Võ & The Blood Moon Orchestra Performed "Mekong: LIFE" on Thursday, October 27th
Emmy Award-winning Vietnamese composer, traditional multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and educator Vân-Ánh Võ with the Blood Moon Orchestra and the Cambodian Royal Ballet Master Charya Burt, performed "Mekong: LIFE," a musical composition developed in collaboration with scientists, including Simon A. Levin. The concert took place in Fine Hall, Taplin Auditorium on Thursday, October 27th, 7:00-8:30 PM.

Inspired by recent calls-to-action regarding climate change, "Mekong: LIFE" explores issues of natural resource exploitation. Humanity's relationship with natural resources is complex and ever-changing. Using traditional instruments from Southeast Asia, graphic global warming data, electronic music, live-media, and a Cambodian myth about natural cycles, "Mekong: LIFE" examines the push and pull between human and natural life and what the future holds for the next generation.

Directed by Vân-Ânh Võ and co-directed by Alexander Canon, with electronic music by Adam Fong, the Princeton production of "Mekong: LIFE" was made possible by generous funding from the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) and support from the Department of Music, Center for BioComplexity in the High Meadows Environmental Institute, East Asian Studies Program, Tora Taiko, as well as support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, California Arts Countil, Music Under 25 Bridge, Huynh Charitable Fund, and the VANGO Network.
08.29.22 - Three New Levin Lab Postdocs to Join Current Levin Lab Members in Interdisciplinary Research on Sustainability and Resiliency Funded by a Gift from WIlliam H. 'Bill' Miller III
The Center for BioComplexity, which Simon A. Levin directs, in the High Meadows Environmental institute is excited to welcome three new postdoctoral researchers, the initial cohort made possible in whole or in part by a generous gift from William H. 'Bill' Miller III to provide resources for interdisclipinary research in the fields of sustainability and resiliency. They will join other Levin Lab members engaged in this research, who will also receive support from the gift. To read more, click here.
08.25.22 - Dr. Gary Griffith to Lead Workshop on a Marine Protected Area in the Eastern Weddell Sea
Dr. Gary Griffith (Research Scientist at the Norwegian Polar Institute and Visiting Research Scholar in the Levin Lab) will be leading an iinternationnal hybrid workshop in Oslo, Norway at the end of September. Scientific and policy people from 26 countries will discuss and plan a large Marine Protected Area in the Eastern Weddell Sea Antarctica.
08.01.22 - Professor Jizhong Zhou (former Levin Lab Visiting Scholar) Receives IWA-ISME BioCluster Award
Professor Jizhong (Joe) Zhou (The University of Oklahoma), who was a visiting scholar in the Levin Lab, has received the International Water Association-ISME BioCluster Award for recognizing the importance and impact of interdisciplinary research at the interface of microbial ecology and water/wastewater treatment. For the IWA announcement of the award, click here. For the University of Oklahoma press release, click here.
07.13.22 - Levin Lab Member Max Nguyen (GS) Joins Princeton Fire Department
Levin Lab member Max Nguyen (GS) has joined the Princeton Fire Department continuing a long tradition of graduate student community service. To read more, click here.
07.08.22 - Simon A. Levin Elected Member of the Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe)
Simon A. Levin has been elected a member of the Academia Europaea. The Academy was founded in 1988, on the initiative of the United Kingdom's Royal Society and other National Academies in Europe, and is the only Academy with individual membership from the Council of European States and from other nations across the world.
07.07.22 - Professor Jizhong Zhou (former Levin Lab Visiting Scholar) Receives Soil Science Award
Professor Jizhong (Joe) Zhou (The University of Oklahoma), who was a visiting scholar in the Levin Lab, has received the Soil Science Society of America's 2022 Soil Science Research Award. The award recognizes outstanding research contributions in soil science and will be conferred during the SSSA annual meeting in November 2022. To read more about the award and Professor Zhou, click here.
06.29.22 - Dr. Giuseppe Ferro (Levin Lab Postdoc Beginning Fall 2022) Receives Swiss Award
Dr. Giuseppe Ferro, (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), who will join the Levin Lab in the fall of 2022 as a postdoctoral research associate, has received the Swiss Postdoc Mobility Fellowship. While at Princeton, Dr. Ferro will work on the research project "Description, Prediction, and Origin of Human Decision-Making."
06.13.22 - Simon A. Levin to Receive Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Bilbao Spain on Thursday, June 16, 2022
Simon A. Levin will receive the Frontiers of Knowledge Award on Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Bilbao, Spain at 7:30 p.m. (Spanish mainland time). The day before, there will be a reception at Bilbao's town hall (1:30 pm, Spanish peninsular time) in honor of the awardees, and in the evening, a gala concert. The award ceremony and town hall reception will be livestreamed on the BBVA Foundation's website. The full edited video of the ceremony will also be published on the following day on the homepage of the Foundation's website. For more information, please consult this link.
06.02.22 - Levin Lab No Longer in Eno Hall
Levin Lab members who had offices in Eno Hall have moved to Guyot Hall. The Levin Lab will be located in Guyot Hall until the new Environmental Sciences Building has been completed, at which time all Levin Lab members will move to this new location. Eno Hall will be renovated and become part of the University Health Services (to read more about the renovation, click here).
02.17.22 - Former EEB Student and Levin Advisee Claire Thompson '20 Wins Gold Medal at the Beijing Olympics
Former EEB undergraduate student and Levin advisee Claire Thompson '20 won a gold medal in Women's Ice Hockey at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. Claire set an Olympic record, scoring 13 points as a defender. To see Claire's profile at the Olympics, click here. To read about her win for Team Canada, click here.
02.02.22 - Simon A. Levin Receives Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology
The fourteenth BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology has gone to the ecologists Lenore Fahrig (Carleton University), Simon A. Levin, and Steward Pickett (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) for incorporating the spatial dimension into ecological science and applying it to the design of nature reserves and more sustainable cities. For more information, visit the Frontiers of Knowledge Awards website. To watch the interview with Fahrig, Levin, and Pickett, click here.
01.26.22 - Visiting Research Scholar Professor Stefani Crabtree Wins HPC Innovation Excellence Award
Visiting Research Scholar Professor Stefani Crabtree (Utah State University) has been awarded the HPC Innovation Excellence Award from Hyperion Research. HPC Innovation Excellence Awards honor outstanding achievements around the world that were supported by the use of high performance computing (HPC). Professor Crabtree employed HPC to identify ancient "super highways" used by the earliest migrants into Austrialia. To read more about the award, click here. For her work on these "super highways" and other publications, see Levin Lab Members - 2021 Publications.