Professor Gene E. Likens is an ecologist best known for his discovery, with colleagues, of acid rain in North America, for co-founding the internationally renowned Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study, and for founding the Institute of Ecosystem Studies, a leading international ecological research and education center. Professor Likens is an educator and advisor at state, national, and international levels. He has been an advisor to two governors in New York State and one in New Hampshire, as well as one U.S. President. He holds faculty positions at Yale, Cornell, Rutgers Universities, State University of New York at Albany, and the University of Connecticut, and has been awarded nine Honorary doctoral Degrees. In addition to being elected a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, Dr. Likens has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Austrian Academy of Sciences, and an Honorary Member of the British Ecological Society. In June 2002, Professor Likens was awarded the 2001 National Medal of Science, presented at The White House by President G. W. Bush; and in 2003 he was awarded the Blue Planet Prize (with F. H. Bormann) from the Asahi Glass Foundation. Among other awards, in 1993 Professor Likens, with F. H. Bormann, was awarded the Tyler Prize, The World Prize for Environmental Achievement, and in 1994, he was the sole recipient of the Australia Prize for Science and Technology. In 2004, Professor Likens was honored to be in Melbourne, Australia with a Miegunyah Fellowship. He was awarded the first G. E. Hutchinson Medal for excellence in research from The American Society of Limnology and Oceanography in 1982, and the Naumann-Thienemann Medal from the Societas Internationalis Limnologiae, and the Ecological Society of America's Eminent Ecologist Award in 1995. Professor Likens recently stepped down as President of the International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology, and is also a past president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Ecological Society of America, and the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography. He is the author, co-author or editor of 20 books and more than 500 scientific papers.

Professor Likens is currently in Australia on a Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities (CERF) Fellowship at the Australian National University.

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