I am truly grateful to the Society for this welcome but unexpected honor! It comes after more than 38 years of being told that I was not a real paleontologist, nor a real ecologist either, for that matter. Inhabiting the boundaries among arbitrarily defined disciplines is hard and one can easily get lost. I owe an enormous debt to Marty Buzas who, in 1966, taught the greatest, strangest course in paleoecology, for which I presented discussions on papers by Robert MacArthur, Evelyn Hutchinson, and the other greats of the early days of evolutionary ecology. Marty told me about Yale, and...

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