School seminar series: Biological stoichiometry of nutrient limitation in ecology and evolution
13 August 2013
Prof. Jim Elser, School of Life Sciences, University of Arizona
(Host: Arianne Cease)
Biological stoichiometry is the study of the balance of energy and multiple chemical elements in living systems. This talk will introduce some of the basic principles of stoichiometric theory and apply them to understanding the occurrence and impact of nutrient limitation in ecological and evolutionary settings using examples from both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Finally, the talk will deal with how nutrient limitation might itself shape the long-term sustainability of human society, focusing on issues related to phosphorus and its role in agriculture and water quality.
Location: DT Anderson Lecture Theatre, A08