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Steward Pickett is Distinguished Senior Scientist and Plant Ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, where he has been on the staff since 1987. Prior to that, he served on the faculty of Rutgers University. During 2009/2010 he held a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Steward’s research focuses on spatial heterogeneity and temporal dynamics in ecological systems. He has investigated succession and natural disturbance in plant communities, experimentally examined the function of forest-field edges, and discovered structure-nutrient relationships in riparian landscapes in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Currently, his focus is on urban regions as socio-ecological systems.

He is Director of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, urban Long-Term Ecological Research site, and Co-Director of the Urban Sustainability Research Coordination Network. He has contributed seven books and more than 200 scientific papers, and is coauthoring a new book on the linked social and ecological patchiness in urban ecosystems, and the role of resilience as a link between ecology and urban design. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been awarded the Conservation Innovator Award by Columbia University, and the Centennial Award by the Botanical Society of America. He has been active in the Ecological Society of America, serving as President from 2011-2012. In addition, he is a member of the Council of the International Association for Vegetation Science, the Science Advisory Board of the National Center for Ecological Synthesis and Analysis, the Biology Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation, the National Design Committee for the National Ecological Observatory Network. He was a board member of Defenders of Wildlife from 1996-2005, a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Environmental Sciences and Toxicology, and was elected to two terms as Board Member-at-Large of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Editorial service includes membership on the boards of the Journal of Vegetation Science, Ecosphere, and of Community Ecology, and membership on the advisory committee for Urban Ecosystems.