MacArthur Fellows Program

Russell S. Lande

Conservation Biologist | Class of 1997

Conservation Biologist
Eugene, Oregon
Published July 1, 1997

About Russell's Work

Russell Lande is a biologist whose studies in quantitative genetics have had a significant impact on many aspects of evolutionary biology, both conceptual and empirical.

Lande's research has advanced our understanding of sexual selection, the effects of selection and mutation on heritable variation, extinction processes at both the gradual and punctuated levels, and the deleterious effects of inbreeding for both plants and animals.  He has provided necessary analytical tools for understanding ecological processes and has applied his expertise to issues of conservation biology and tropical ecology.  Lande is interested in questions centered on why there are so many species in the tropics and how we can preserve this biodiversity.  His work in conservation biology shows us that current human practices could lead to the extinction of large fractions of the earth's biodiversity and provides model insights into the probable consequences of such extinction.


Lande is a professor of biology at the University of California, San Diego.  He was previously affiliated with the University of Oregon as a professor and the University of Chicago as the Louis Block Professor.  He is the co-author of Stochastic Population Dynamics in Ecology and Conservation (2003).

Lande received aB.S. (1972) from the University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. (1976) from Harvard University.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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