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My attention has always been focused on the foundations of theoretical ecology. My most
widely known work is a theory of predation (the ratio-dependent or Arditi-Ginzburg model)
that is an alternative to the classic prey-dependent Lotka-Volterra and MacArthur-
Rosenzweig models. A recent book, How Species Interact (Arditi & Ginzburg, 2012)
summarizes our take on this proposed alteration of the standard view. Another direction of
my work has been inertial growth, or a quantity-quality, two-dimensional approach to
population dynamics replacing the usual one-dimensional approach. This idea gained
recognition based on a model of maternal effect and is summarized in the book Ecological
Orbits (Ginzburg & Colyvan, 2004).

One of my interests in the last few years has been in metabolic ecology (Ginzburg &
Damuth, 2008).  I work on the idea that generation time is an essential fourth dimension of
an organism in addition to the dimensions of space that it occupies. The 4D view provides a
simple, unifying explanation for various observed slopes of metabolic allometries.  Another
recent interest of mine is an evolutionary theory of non-adaptive selection, the disappearance
of unstable configurations (Ginzburg et al, 2010).  I am currently writing a book (Non-
Adaptive Selection, with John Damuth) which will explore the implications of this idea for
Short Bio:
I was born in 1945 in Moscow, Russia, but grew up in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad).  I
studied mathematics and theoretical mechanics at Leningrad State University (M.S. in 1967)
and received my Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the Agrophysical Research Institute in
1970. I worked at ARI until my emigration to the United States in 1975. After a few months
at the Academia Nazionale Dei Lincei (Rome, Italy), and one year at the Mathematics
Department at Northeastern University (Boston, MA), I became a professor at the
Department of Ecology and Evolution at the Stony Brook University.
If you are interested in joining the Ginzburg lab as a graduate student, please read this first.

To view a short version of my CV, click here.  For the full version, please email me.