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Pioneer in Acid Rain Discusses Biogeochemistry May 6 at UAlbany

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980 

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 1, 2003) - Ecologist Gene Likens, director of the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York, will present "Long Term Studies in Biogeochemistry - the Hubbard Brook Model," at the University at Albany on Tuesday, May 6, at 4:10 p.m. in Biology room 248A, located on the University's uptown campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

This seminar by Likens is an important step in an emerging collaboration between UAlbany and the prestigious Institute of Ecosystem Studies (IES), which he directs. The new UAlbany-IES collaboration contributes to the continued growth of the ecological program and the new environmental sciences program at the University.

Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study is a long-term ecological research project located at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest (HBEF), a reserve located in the White Mountain National Forest, near North Woodstock, New Hampshire. The HBEF was established by the USDA Forest Service in 1955 as a major center for hydrologic research in New England. The on-site research program is dedicated to the long-term study of forest and associated aquatic ecosystems.

Likens, the recipient of the 2001 National Medal of Science, was one of the scientists to identify acid rain and its effects. He has written 15 books and is the author of more than 450 scientific papers and articles on subjects such as acid precipitation and forest and stream ecology.

Likens is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and the equivalent academies of three other nations. He is past president of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), and has been recognized on numerous occasions for his scientific achievements. In 1993, he was awarded the Tyler Prize for World Environmental Achievement.

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