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Trent professor receives limnology award


Peterborough, ON – 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 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.