Loving Nature and Fighting for It: A Natural History of Acid Rain an online conversation with Dr. Gene Likens
Acid rain was the major environmental crisis of the 1970s and ’80s. It was nearly impossible to escape hearing about it, particularly if you lived on the east coast of the US, where its effects were most devastating. In this webinar conversation with Dr. Gene Likens, the scientist behind the discovery of acid rain, we will hear what it was like to be the first person to recognize an environmental emergency, Gene’s fight to effect change in policy and get the word out in the media, and how his science has its heart in natural history and an abiding love of nature.
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Dr. Gene Likens is an ecologist best known for co-discovering acid rain in North America and identifying fossil fuel combustion as the cause of increasing precipitation acidity. He co-founded the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire and founded the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. Dr. Likens currently holds faculty positions at Cornell, Yale, Rutgers, SUNY Albany, and UConn. He has been an advisor to two governors in New York State and one in New Hampshire, as well as one US President. Dr. Likens is the author, co-author or editor of 26 books and more than 600 scientific papers. He has been awarded eleven honorary doctoral degrees.