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KNOXVILLE — A University of Tennessee scientist internationally known for his work on how foreign plants and animals invade an ecosystem has been nominated to the National Science Board.

Dr. Daniel Simberloff has been chosen by President Bill Clinton for a three-year term on the 24-member board. Simberloff holds the Nancy Gore Hunger Chair of Excellence in Environmental Studies at UT-Knoxville.

The nomination goes to the Senate for confirmation.

“This is a tremendous reflection on Dr. Simberloff as a scientist,” said Dr. Frank Harris, director of the division of biology. “It will allow him to play a significant role in policies on national science funding.”

The board also advises the President and Congress on science and engineering policy.

Simberloff received a doctorate in biology from Harvard University. Before joining the UT faculty in 1997, he was a distinguished professor of biology at Florida State University.