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Biographical Information: John Downing is president of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, a Board member of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, and a member of the Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies. He is a Regent’s Excellence Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, and the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. He is Chair of the Environmental Science Graduate Program. He is also an adjunct professor at Itasca Community College where he is helping create a water quality technology program to provide employment opportunities to students in an economically depressed region. His research interests include limnology, aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, population conservation, and whole ecosystem restoration and management. He has advised many policy-makers and citizens groups concerning water quality management, and is a frequent consultant to firms and boards regionally, nationally, and internationally. He was recently awarded ASLO’s Ruth Patrick award for his work in understanding and mitigating eutrophication in agricultural regions. He was formerly a professor at McGill University and the University of Montreal where he was Director of the Laurentian Biological Station.