Simon Levin is a professor of biology and director of the Center for BioComplexity at Princeton University. His research centers on understanding how macroscopic patterns are maintained at the level of ecosystems and finding parallels between ecological and economic systems. Levin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He chaired the governing council for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, the science board of the Santa Fe Institute, and the board of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics. His honors include the Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences, Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences, Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology, and Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.