Frank Alameda: He was in Los Angeles until 1968, when he came to Stanford. His research on the carbon balance of plants has provided a major theoretical framework for eco-physiological studies and he's been instrumental in the incorporation of physiological understanding into ecosystem studies. He is currently engaged in research on the impacts of global change on terrestrial systems, especially on productivity and biodiversity. He has served on many editorial boards and ecological journals and on advisory committees, many funding agencies, universities and national labs. He's a prolific researcher and has produced well over 350 scientific papers, books and articles, all of which have provided bridges between physiological ecology and other areas of ecology. He's also explored the contributions that ecologists can make to resolving the growing problems of global habitability. He has been honored many times. He's been elected to the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the list just goes on. Please join me in welcoming Professor Mooney. His talk today will be The Consequences of the Dissolution of Wallace's Realms.
Harold A. Mooney: Thank you very much for that kind introduction, Frank. I'd like to thank the organizers of this particular session for bringing together, up into this moment, an extraordinary group of speakers, world leaders in the field of botany.