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Hal Mooney, PhD
Ecologist

Currently a professor at Stanford University, Harold A. Mooney received his PhD from Duke University. He has demonstrated that convergent evolution takes place in the properties of different ecosystems that are subject to comparable climates and has pioneered in the study of resource allocation in plants. He has worked in many of Earth's diverse ecosystems, including the arctic-alpine, the Mediterranean-climate scrub and grasslands, tropical wet and dry forests and the deserts of the world. Research in Professor Mooney's laboratory is currently centered on the study of the impact of enhanced CO2 on ecosystem structure and function. These studies are in collaboration with the Carnegie Institution of Washington at Stanford and utilize the annual grasslands of Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Part of this research probes the genetic and environmental factors that determine the pattern of resource allocation in plants. New studies are also being developed that will compare the response to global change of matched ecosystems in western North and South America, extending from deserts to temperate rain forests.

Another current activity of the Mooney laboratory is the study of the ecosystem function of biodiversity. Professor Mooney has received the Mercer Award of the Ecological Society of America and the Merit Award of the Botanical Society of America. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Members of Professor Mooney's research group have gone on to the faculties of Duke University, Georgia Technical Institute, the Universities of Alaska, California, Florida, Minnesota and Utah and the research staffs of the National Park Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Electric Power Research Institute.


Relevant Publications

Mooney, H.A., Fuentes, E.R. and Kronberg, B.I. (1993). Earth System Responses to Global Change. San Diego: Academic Press.

Mooney, H.A. and Drake, J.A. (1987). Ecology of biological invasions. Environment, 29: 11-15; 34-37.


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