IU biologist named fellow of an ecological society

BLOOMINGTON – Jay T. Lennon, a professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biology, has been elected a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America.

Jay T. Lennon

He also serves as associate chair of the department’s Evolution, Ecology and Behavior Section.

Lennon was elected for:

  • Substantial contributions to the understanding of the ecology and evolution of microbial communities, and their relationship to ecosystem function — notably the importance of dormancy as a mechanism that maintains microbial diversity.
  • Leadership in developing a research vision to bridge the disciplines of microbiology and macroecology.
  • Interdisciplinary service and mentorship of junior researchers.

The Ecological Society of America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of professional ecologists. The fellowship recognition is awarded to society members who have made outstanding contributions to advancing or applying ecological knowledge in academics, government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.