Slack, N. G. Russell Sage College, slackn@sage.edu

 
THE G. EVELYN HUTCHINSON RESEARCH SCHOOL: CONTRIBUTIONS TO LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY
 
G. Evelyn Hutchinson was the most important innovator in modern ecology in the United States in this century. He and his many students at Yale initiated or influenced systems ecology, paleoecology, community and population ecology, biogeochemistry, and environmental science. He was first and foremost a limnologist, producing four volumes of A Treatise on Limnology and pioneering new techniques, for example the use of radioactive tracers to study the metabolism of lake biota. Hutchinson's hypothesis-testing and mathematical methods and those of his students were not at first appreciated by limnologists more attuned to massive data collection; both Gordon Riley and Raymond Lindeman had difficulty publishing their results. Hutchinson's n-dimensional niche theory, based largely on his own water bug data, has been tested in many ecosystems, both aquatic and terrestrial. The Hutchinson family tree now includes more than 200, with whole satellite research groups established by W. T. Edmondson, D.S. Livingstone, Gordon Riley and others. Several of his students have ventured where Hutchinson did not, into marine waters, and made substantial contributions to biological oceanography. What then is the importance of Hutchinson's legacy?
 
Day: Wednesday, Feb. 3
Time: 02:30 - 03:00pm
Location: Eldorado Hotel
 
Code: TS02WE0230E