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2012-2013 Distinguished Lecture Series - Water

Past Distinguished Lecture Series presentations from world class researchers and practitioners are available online.

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World class researchers and practitioners will engage with the MSU community on cutting-edge topics related to water.

The series is sponsored as part of MSU’s new Global Water Initiative.  The initiative advances innovative science and policy to address major water problems facing society across the globe. More about the Global Water Initiative.

If you are interested in meeting with a speaker during his or her visit, please send an email to Erin Dreelin at or to

The Series is sponsored by MSU’s Environmental Science and Policy Program, Center for Water Sciences, and Michigan AgBio Research.

Global Change and Freshwaters

Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
(1 1/2-hour talk w/ reception following)
MSU Union, Gold room B

Stephen Carpenter, Director of the Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin

Abstract: Changes in climate, land use and cover, nutrient emission and habitat have altered freshwater ecosystems more than any ecosystem type on earth. Phosphorus plays an important role in these changes. Recent changes in global markets for phosphorus raise the possibility of conserving phosphorus with benefits for both agriculture and freshwater quality.

Stephen CarpenterBiosketch: Stephen Russell (Steve) Carpenter is a leader of whole-ecosystem experiments and adaptive ecosystem management focused on freshwaters. Topics include trophic cascades and their effects on production and nutrient cycling, contaminant cycles, freshwater fisheries, eutrophication, nonpoint pollution, ecological economics of freshwater, and resilience of social-ecological systems.

Carpenter serves as the Director of the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is the Stephen Alfred Forbes Professor of Zoology. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Carpenter is the 2011 laureate of the Stockholm Water Prize. His other notable awards include a Pew Fellowship in Conservation and Environment, the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Medal of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, the Robert H. MacArthur Award from the Ecological Society of America, the Excellence in Ecology Prize from the Ecology Institute, and the Naumann-Thienemann medal of the International Society for Limnology.

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Past Distinguished Water Lectures


Charles FishmanThe Coming Water Revolution: Everything about water is about to change - how we think about it, what we pay for it, where we get it, how we use it.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Charles Fishman, author, The Big Thirst
3:30 - 5 p.m., Kellogg Center, Centennial Room (One-hour talk with reception following)
Abstract & Biosketch

Robert GlennonWater shortages and solutions
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Robert Glennon Jr., Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of Arizona
Student Lunch w/ Robert Glennon, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 a.m. 273 Giltner Hall
Lecture: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., MSU Union (One-hour talk with reception following)
Abstract & Biosketch

Ronnie GreenAt the Center of the Food, Energy and Environment Nexus: Water is the New Oil
Friday, November 2, 2012
Ronnie Green, Harlan Vice Chancellor, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lecture and Reception 3 p.m. Kellogg Center Centennial Rooms A, B and C
Abstract, Biosketch, & Videos


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