Trent Professor Honoured by American Society of Limnology and Oceanography


Chemistry and Environmental & Resource Studies Professor
Dr. Peter Dillon receives G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award

Monday, June 14, 2010, Peterborough

In recognition of his pioneering research in chemical limnology, Dr. Peter Dillon, Chemistry and Environmental and Resource Studies professor at Trent University, has been awarded the prestigious G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO).

Dr. Dillon has been a professor at Trent University since the early 1980s. A renowned researcher in the field of environmental biogeochemistry, he is also the director of the Worsfold Water Quality Center, a world-class analytical chemistry facility at the University. Previously, he held the position of Industrial Research Chair in Watershed Biogeochemistry at Trent. His research explores the chemistry of lakes, rivers and watersheds and how pollutants and stresses like acid rain and climate change affect the environment.

The ASLO award, named in honour of limnologist G. Evelyn Hutchinson, has been presented annually since 1982 to recognize excellence in the fields of limnology (the study of inland waters) or oceanography. Dr. Dillon was presented with the award at the 2010 ASLO Summer Meeting held from June 6 to 11 in Santa Fe, New Mexico for his innovative research on eutrophication in lakes (the response of lakes to excessive nutrient inputs, usually from sewage or agriculture) and for his long-term studies that have significantly advanced the understanding how of lakes and wetlands respond to acid deposition and climate change.

 The G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award is the most recent in a long list of honours presented to Dr. Dillon over the years. In 2003, he was awarded the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal from the Royal Society of Canada for making significant contributions in the field of environmental science. Other awards and honours include: Trent University’s Distinguished Research Award, F. H. Rigler Memorial Award, Society of Canadian Limnologists, and the Ontario Ministry of Environment (First) Excellence in Research Award. Dr. Dillon is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Rawson Academy of Aquatic Science.


For more information, please contact: Dr. Peter Dillon, Chemistry and Environmental & Resource Studies, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x 7536