Renowned Ecologist Gene Likens to Speak at UW

October 13, 2011

National Medal of Science recipient Gene Likens will give seminars Thursday and Friday, Oct. 20-21, at the University of Wyoming.

Widely acclaimed for his contributions to ecological research and understanding of acid rain, Likens will present a general-interest seminar at 4:10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in the College of Business auditorium. The topic is "The challenging interface between scientific understanding and policy."

He also will present a research seminar at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in Room 306 of the Classroom Building, on the topic, "What's up with nitrogen at Hubbard Brook: A long-term perspective."

Likens' areas of research include ecosystem ecology, terrestrial and aquatic biogeochemistry and conservation biology. Much of his research has focused on measuring the impacts of environmental disturbances (acid rain, clear-cutting, fertilization, etc.) using large-scale experimental manipulations and long-term monitoring.

Likens, the founding director and president emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Sciences and American Philosophical Society. He was awarded the 2001 National Medal of Science.

More information about his research and honors can be found on his website at

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