Lamberson Ecology Lecture Spotlights Natural Resource Economics

Mathematics Professor Emeritus Colin W. Clark of the University of British Columbia will present "Short-Term Profits Versus Long-Term Sustainability" as this year's Lamberson Ecology Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Native American Forum (Room 162) of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Building at Humboldt State University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Clark will discuss the impacts on humanity’s distant future of short-term planning in resource, environmental and financial decisions, using as examples overfishing, global warming and hedge-fund investing.

The author of five books, Clark published a landmark paper in Science in 1973 on the economics of the over-exploitation of natural resources. He went on to research behavioral ecology and natural resource economics, two fields in which dynamic optimization and game theory play central roles.

Clark has worked extensively with biologists and economists and his books have become standard references and teaching texts in behavioral ecology and natural resource economics.

Clark’s presentation marks the fourth annual Lamberson Ecology Lecture. The series is hosted by HSU’s Department of Mathematics and takes its name and funding from Professor Roland Lamberson, a member of the department from 1980 to 2004.

Wednesday evening’s lecture will be followed by a reception with light refreshments at 8 p.m.

A complete abstract of Clark’s topic is posted at His website is: For the HSU events calendar entry, visit