Last week I learned that I am to be one of three ecologists receiving the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge award. A big thank-you to Victor Arroyo-Rodriguez for nominating me! What a huge thrill! It was a special thrill to learn that I am to share the prize with Simon Levin and Steward Pickett, two ecologists whose work I’ve known since graduate school back in the early 1980’s.

To receive the award I will have to break my no-fly rule and go to Spain. Container ships are still not allowed to take passengers because of covid. But, I promise to use my part of the prize money to help some organization directly reduce their carbon emissions.

The BBVA recorded an interview with each of the winners. If you would like to hear my 13-minute interview, you can find it here: