Contact & CV

John N. Thompson

John N. Thompson



Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

1156 High Street, A316 EMS/EEB

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA 95064   USA

Abbreviated CV


Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA, 1969-1973, B.A., Biology, Magna cum laude 

University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, School of Life Sciences Ecology Program, 1973-1977, Ph.D.

Professional Positions (reverse order):

Jean H Langenheim Endowed Chair in Plant Ecology and Evolution, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2014-current

Distinguished Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2008-current

Director, The STEPS Institute for Innovation in Environmental Research, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2002-2007

Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2000-2008

Meyer Distinguished Professor of the College of Sciences, Washington State Univ., 1994-1997

Assistant Professor, Botany and Zoology, Washington State University, 1978-1982, Associate Professor 1982-1987, Professor 1987-2000

Senior Fellowships and Extended Visiting Scholar Appointments (reverse order):

Elected Visiting Fellow Commoner, Trinity College, University of Cambridge, 2014

Whiteley Center Scholar, University of Washington, summer 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015

Fellow, Centre for Advanced Study, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, 2009-2010

Center Sabbatical Fellow, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, 1997-1998

Invited Faculty Scholar, Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College (Silwood Park), England, 1995, 2006

Fulbright Senior Scholar, CSIRO, Plant Industry, Canberra, Australia, 1991-1992

Visiting Faculty, Imperial College (Silwood Park), England, 1985

Awards, Elected Honorary Societies, and Professional Recognition:

Elected Fellow, Royal Entomological Society of London, 1986

Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1988

ISI List of the Most Cited Researchers in Ecology/Evolutionary Biology, 2002-present

Elected Fellow, California Academy of Sciences, 2004

Per Brinck Oikos Award for Contributions to Ecology, 2009

President, American Society of Naturalists, 2008; ASN Executive Council 2007-2011

Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2010

Current and Recent Other Professional Experience (examples from past decade only):

Scientific Editor, Species Interactions book series, University of Chicago Press, 1995-present

U.S. National Science Foundation review panels for special competitions, 2006, 2007, 2009; other panels, 2012; chair, Science and Technology Research Center evaluation team in evolutionary applications

NSF Science and Technology Center Site Review Panel, Chair, Evolution team, 2012

European Research Council LS8 Panel on Evolutionary, Population, and Environmental Biology, Brussels, 2012; panel chair 2014

International External Review Committee, Division of Plant Industry, CSIRO, Australia, 2006

External Review Committee, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Environmental Sciences, 2010

External Review Committee, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA, 2007

Special Editor for the journal Evolution, 2007-2011

California Academy of Sciences, Fellows’ Steering Committee, 2008-2009

American Academy of Arts and Sciences, membership committee, 2012

Invited Talks (past five years only):

Per Brinck Lecture as part of acceptance of Per Brinck Award for Contributions to Ecology, Swedish Oikos Society, Uppsala, Sweden, February 2009

University of Sevilla, Opening talk, Symposium in honor of the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species, February 2009

University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Biology, April 2009

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, April 2009

Harvard University, Opening talk, Symposium on the ecology and evolution of mutualism, May 2009

Centre for Advanced Studies, Norway Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo, Norway, August 2009

European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Plenary speaker at biennial meeting, Turin, Italy, August 2009

Gulbenkian Institute, Lisbon, Portugal, November 2009

Stockholm University, Department of Zoology, November 2009

Gordon Conference on Plant-Herbivore Interactions, Invited speaker, Galveston, Texas, February 2010

Symposium on Ecological Integration, Texas A&M, Invited speaker, March 2010

Sixth International Wolbachia Conference, Asilomar Conference Center, California, Evening plenary speaker, June 2010

Genetics Society of Australia, Keynote speaker, Canberra, July 2010

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Symposium on Rethinking Adaptation to a Changing Global Environment, Washington, DC, February 2011

Washington University, Department of Biology, March 2011

American Society of Microbiology Plenary Session on Coevolution, New Orleans, Opening speaker, May 2011

Ecological Society of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, Symposium on Plant Population Biology, Oxford, England, June 2011

Fifth International Symposium of the Biodiversity and Evolution Global COE project, Kyoto, Japan, Keynote speaker, July 2011

University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Workshop on the ecology and evolution of mutualistic networks, August 2011

University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories, October 2011

Yale University, G Evelyn Hutchinson Distinguished Speaker, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, February 2012

National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, OPUS meeting, September 2012

CSIRO, Plant Industry, Canberra, Australia, Invited opening speaker, Symposium on biological arms races, November 2012

Mexican Ecological Society annual meeting, Plenary Lecture, Villahermosa, Mexico, March 2013

Rutgers University, Annual Eminent Ecologist Lecture, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, April 2013

Stanford University, Department of Biology, April 2013

31st New Phytologist Symposium, Keynote speaker, Cosenza, Italy, May 2013

Symbiosis Workshop 2013, Keynote speaker, Yosemite National Park, May 2013

University of Sao Paulo, First annual Fritz Müller Lectures in Ecology and Evolution, August 2013

University of Florida, Department of Biology & Florida Museum of Natural History, Sept. 2013

University of Rochester, Department of Biology, November 2013

Stanford University, Department of Biology, April 2014

University of Cambridge, Department of Zoology, October 2014 

University of Uppsala, November 2014

University of Helsinki, November 2014

CSIC, Seville, Spain, November 2014


Please see Publications page.