Thomas W. Schoener

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Thomas William Schoener (born August 9, 1943, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is an American ecologist and professor at University of California, Davis. In 1969, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he was a Junior Fellow. He served on the faculty at the University of Washington before moving to Davis. He is an expert in community ecology and in evolutionary ecology, including experimental manipulation of island vertebrate [1] and spider communities. Dr. Schoener's research has been both theoretical [2] and empirical.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania City in Pennsylvania, United States

Lancaster is a city located in South Central Pennsylvania which serves as the seat of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County and one of the oldest inland towns in the United States. With a population of 59,322, it ranks eighth in population among Pennsylvania's cities. The Lancaster metropolitan area population is 507,766, making it the 101st largest metropolitan area in the U.S. and second largest in the South Central Pennsylvania area.

University of California, Davis public university located in Davis, California, United States

The University of California, Davis, is a public research university and land-grant university adjacent to Davis, California. It is part of the University of California (UC) system and has the third-largest enrollment in the UC System after UCLA and UC Berkeley. The institution was founded as a branch in 1909 and became its own separate entity in 1959. It has been labeled one of the "Public Ivies", a publicly funded university considered to provide a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League.

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He was the 1986 recipient of the Robert H. MacArthur Award given by the Ecological Society of America.

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Ecological Society of America ecological association

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He is a highly cited scientist. [3]

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  1. Kolbe, J. J., M. Leal, T. W. Schoener, D. A. Spiller, and J. B. Losos. 2012. Founder effects persist despite adaptive differentiation: a field experiment with lizards. Science 335:1086–1089.
  2. Michael Turelli, John H. Gillespie, and Thomas W. Schoener. 1982. The fallacy of the fallacy of the averages in ecological optimization theory. American Naturalist 119:879–884.
  3. ISI Highly Cited