Dr. Owen Lind, Baylor Professor Awarded the 2009 Distinguished Scientist Award

March 10, 2009

by Jaime Bates, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Dr. Owen Lind, professor of biology at Baylor University, has been awarded the 2009 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Texas Academy of Science.

Each year the Texas Academy of Science honors a colleague for their distinguished contributions to science through research and publications that has brought recognition at the national and international level.

Lind, a native of Kansas, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from William Jewell College in Missouri, his Masters of Science from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate from the University of Missouri. He came to Baylor in 1966 to start the Limnology program, which primarily focuses on the factors that determine aquatic productivity. Lind is receiving the award for a 40 years career of research on the interacting factors governing productivity of phytoplankton and bacterioplankton in lakes as related to the water quality problem of eutrophication.

Lind has recently started a new program with the Center for Tropical Research at the University of Veracruz. His research there focuses on the factors governing the unusual productivity of a tropical toxic algae, which has been the cause of human and livestock deaths in the tropics and is now spreading to the U.S.

"I am pleased with the recognition by peers across the state," said Lind. "As I approach retirement, there are two accomplishments that give me satisfaction, Baylor's Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Science Research and the impact our program has had on the quality of ecology in Mexico through the teaching and research at Baylor's Chapala Ecology Station near Guadalajara, and now, in Veracruz."

For more information on Lind's research, you may email him or call him at (254) 710-6049.