James Gillooly is a biologist who studies functional ecology and evolution. Gillooly and his team at the University of Florida try to find general rules of biology and apply them to the diversity of life. He answers such questions as: How quickly does a plant or animal evolve? What is the survival, growth rate, and life span of colonies of ants and bees? Or, why is a whale call or a cricket chirp different than our own voice? In recent years, he's become an advocate for using art not only to help explain science to as large an audience as possible. Gillooly thinks the way artists often approach problem solving and the creative process should be encouraged among scientists. And he's working on making that cause more of a reality in higher education.

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