David Schindler’s award-winning career has been marked by outstanding research on processes that control how aquatic ecosystems function and cross disciplinary boundaries, addressing problems of eutrophication, acid rain, climate change and biodiversity.
Schindler, the U of A’s Killam Memorial Professor of Ecology, was the first person to tie together the effects of the global phenomena of acid precipitation, climate warming and stratospheric ozone depletion on freshwater ecosystems. He takes a pioneering whole-ecosystem approach that has had a profound and widespread influence on freshwater management and policy decisions — saving thousands of lakes around the world.
“David Schindler’s research has had an enormous, profound impact on environmental policy,” U of A President Indira Samarasekera says. “Moreover, his extraordinary mentorship of scores of graduate and undergraduate students has inspired a new generation of committed and creative scientists who are addressing other pressing global environmental issues.”