Biodiversity and Resilience of Agroecosystems Workshop, March 7 &8, 2013, Montpellier, France.
Shahid Naeem, Director of Science, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC), Columbia University. Dr. Shahid Naeem is interested in how changes in the distribution and abundance of plants, animals, and microbes affect ecosystem functions and, by extension, how ecosystem services are affected. His work combines theoretical, observational, and experimental studies under field and laboratory conditions to uncover the mechanistic bases for the impacts of biodiversity loss on ecosystems. His work has demonstrated how the loss of species from ecosystems affect their ability to resist invasion by other species, affect production and nutrient cycling, and affect the reliability and stability of ecosystems. His current field work includes American northeastern deciduous forests and Inner Mongolian grasslands in China. He is actively involved in bringing the science of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning to conservation, restoration, and policy development. Dr. Naeem's activities include training, teaching, and outreach, sharing with both the scientific and non-scientific community current theory and findings concerning how biodiversity loss may impact our environment. Naeem is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the American Society for Microbiology, the American Society of Naturalists, the British Ecological Society, the Ecological Society of America, the Society for Conservation Biology, the Society for the Study of Evolution and Sigma Xi.