John Wiens is an American ecologist whose research focuses on birds and insects in semiarid environments across several continents, emphasizing community ecology and spatial relationships. He has made significant contributions to the field of landscape ecology.
Landscape ecology emphasizes the significance of scale in organism-defined landscapes, focusing on patch quality, boundaries, context and connectivity. As scale changes, organisms’ perception of, relationship with and response to their landscape changes accordingly.
Early Life and Education
John was born on December 13th 1939 to Reverend Henry and Marie Wall Wiens in Glasgow, Montana. As the fifth child in his family, he was baptized at an early age.
He had an intimate connection to God and was deeply spiritual. Additionally, he had a deep-felt compassion for people, always ready to lend a helping hand when needed.
John earned his Bachelor’s in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma at Norman and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following this he worked as a zoology professor before joining Colorado State University faculty in 1986. John serves on numerous editorial boards for journals as well as authoring over 200 papers and books.
John Wiens is a dynamic conductor praised for his “awe-inspiring” performances (Winnipeg Free Press). He is the artistic director and co-founder of Polycoro Chamber Choir as well as being co-curator of Camerata Nova, having performed across Canada on stages large and small alike.
His professional career began in science, and he remains active within the fields of Phylogenetics, Ecology, Evolutionary biology and Zoology. His research interests include how multicellularity in many species drives biodiversity while sexual reproduction can reduce their rate of proliferation.
He spent time as an assistant professor at various institutions before accepting a position at the University of Oregon. His research interests focused on Phylogenetics, Ecology and Evolutionary biology; he has authored multiple books and numerous articles related to these topics.
Achievements and Honors
John has earned recognition for his research across numerous disciplines. His focus is on evolution and ecology, using reptiles and amphibians as models.
He recently received the University Distinguished Professor award for his accomplishments at Colorado State. Additionally, he is an innovator in landscape ecology – a study of how geographic and land-use patterns impact ecosystems.
He is currently the lead scientist at The Nature Conservancy, where he addresses climate change and its effects on conservation practices. Additionally, he consults with federal agencies and multinational institutions on science-based conservation projects.
John Wiens was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. He enjoyed fencing competitively as well as travelling and spending time with his family.
He had a deep-seated passion for service, and was actively involved in his community. He served on the boards of several organizations in Abbotsford and Langley, such as the Agrifair Board and BC Ready Mix Board.
He was an active participant of Northview Community Church, his local church. Together with his wife Evelyn, he shared a passion for serving God by serving those in Ukraine.
John Wiens is a successful businessman, estimated to have a net worth of $5 million. His income comes from various sources, such as his YouTube channel.
He works as a naturopath, writes books about natural medicine and lectures. With all these commitments, he and his wife manage to provide their daughter with an enriching life.
LoGiudice and her husband strive to give similar opportunities to children in their community, and their efforts have paid off. Since starting Inner Source Health in 2009, it has been an uplifting journey.
At 37 years old, her friend was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Unable to receive conventional care, she sought out a naturopath and found relief – so much so that she has since joined the board of a local naturopathic clinic.