Steve Carpenter

Steve Carpenter

Professor and Director Emeritus

UW-Madison Center for Limnology

Steve Carpenter is “Free-Range Scientist” at the Center for Limnology of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is the emeritus Director and Stephen Alfred Forbes Professor. He is a leader of whole-ecosystem experiments focused on lake ecosystems to assess the impacts of nutrient enrichment, fisheries, and contaminants on water quality and fish stocks. 

He served as a co-chair of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and as President of the Ecological Society of America. Carpenter is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the 2011 laureate of the Stockholm Water Prize. Other notable awards include a Pew Fellowship in Conservation and Environment and the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Medal of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography. Carpenter has advised dozens of graduate students and published 5 books and more than 450 scientific articles. 


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