Professor David Schindler

description for schindler photoScientific Lecture: Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Issues in the Canadian Boreal Biome: The Cumulative Effects of Human Disturbance and a Changing Climate

Presentation: Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Issues in the Canadian Boreal Biome (PDF, 6.33MB)

David Schindler received his doctorate in 1966 from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He taught at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario for two years before joining the Fisheries Research Board of Canada. In 1968, he founded the Experimental Lakes Project and served as its director for 22 years. Since 1989, he had held the Killam Memorial Chair at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where he is Professor of Ecology.

Schindler’s scientific work has influenced policies to control eutrophication (excessive algal blooms) and acid rain in Canada, the USA and Europe. His recent book with J.R. Vallentyne The Algal Bowl: Overfertilization of the World’s Freshwaters and Estuaries allows average citizens to understand why so many of our lakes are suffering from excessive algal production, and how to prevent and reverse the problem.

Schindler has received numerous national and international awards for his science, including the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography’s GE Hutchinson Medal (1985), the International Limnological Society’s Naumann Thienemann Medal (1988), first Stockholm Water Prize (1991), the Volvo International Environmental Prize (1998), the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (2006), and Canada’s highest honor for science and engineering, the Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal (2001). He has authored over 300 scientific papers, and received 10 honorary doctorate degrees. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal Society of London, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He is an Officer in the Order of Canada, and a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence.

Schindler was born in Fargo, North Dakota and holds dual citizenship in Canada and the USA.