Dick Levins, one of the giants of ecology and science, has passed away.
He has inspired many ecologists not only because he was one of the few scientists that deserve to be considered “TRUE THINKERS” but also because of his amazing attitude to go back and forth from science to society, finding relationships, implications, and counter-intuitive behaviors.
His point of view about science in the context of society is vividly brilliant and still actual besides it was largely discarded for his “revolutionary” implications.
When I was a PhD students I had the opportunity to spend almost two years at Harvard. There, in his lab, I experienced a true adrenaline shock by listening and talking to him. His view about science and the scientific method was completely different and innovative in respect to what I was learning during my training as a PhD student.
I am really indebted to him.