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Simon A. Levin is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, and received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Maryland in 1964. His research interests are in understanding how macroscopic patterns and processes are maintained at the level of ecosystems and the biosphere, in terms of ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that operate primarily at the level of organisms; in infectious diseases; and in the interface between basic and applied ecology, including especially the interface with economics. Levin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and a Foreign Member of the Istituto Veneto and the Istituto Lombardo. He is a University Fellow of Resources for the Future, a Fellow of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and a Fellow of the Society for Mathematical Biology. He is a former President of the Ecological Society of America and the Society for Mathematical Biology, Chair of the Council of IIASA, Chair of the Board of the Beijer Institute, and Chair of the Science Board of the Santa Fe Institute. He has received numerous awards and accolades including the Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences, Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences, Margalef Prize for Ecology, Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and U.S. National Medal of Science.