Mathematical biologist Marc Mangel awarded honorary degree

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Marc Mangel

The University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, has awarded an honorary degree to Marc Mangel, distinguished research professor of applied mathematics and statistics at UC Santa Cruz. Mangel will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, at convocation ceremonies at Guelph in June 2014.

The degree was awarded in recognition of Mangel's "significant academic contributions combining mathematics and statistics with theoretical ecology and evolutionary biology." The senate of the University of Guelph found that his work has "profoundly influenced an entire generation of ecologists, environmental scientists and applied mathematicians on how to solve important practical problems and make the world a better place."

Mangel directs the Center for Stock Assessment Research, a collaboration between UCSC and the National Marine Fisheries Service laboratories in Santa Cruz and Pacific Grove. As a mathematical biologist, Mangel brings the tools of mathematics and theoretical biology to bear on practical problems in conservation and fisheries management. His research in theoretical ecology and evolutionary biology has applications in the areas of animal behavior, quantitative fisheries science, and the evolutionary biology of aging and longevity.