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Wet & Wild
26-31 July 2003
D. Paul A. Keddy
G. Schlieder Endowed Chair for Environmental Studies
Monday July 28, 2003
Dr. Paul Keddy began the formal study of Biology in 1969 at York University in Toronto and during the summer worked as a naturalist in Algonquin Provincial Park. He completed his Ph.D. at Dalhousie University with E. C. Pielou, holding a prestigious 1967 Science Scholarship, and studying sand dune plants. During this time he also founded the Halifax Field Naturalists and served as their first president. He began work as a professor at the University of Guelph in 1978, teaching botany and ecology, and initiating research on wetland plants. In 1982 he moved to the University of Ottawa, became a Full Professor, and then in 1999 moved south to become the first holder of the Edward G. Schlieder Endowed Chair for Environmental Studies at Southeastern Louisiana University. His web site address there is www.selu.edu/Academics/Faculty/pkeddy.
Keddy’s first book, Competition (Chapman and Hall, 1989), won both the Lawson Medal and the Gleason Prize; a second edition was published by Kluwer Press (2001). His latest book is Wetland Ecology: Principles and Conservation (Cambridge University Press, 2000). Along with Dr. Evan Weiher, he has also edited Ecological Assembly Rules: Perspectives, Advances, Retreats (Cambridge University Press, 1999).
Over his career Dr. Keddy has published some hundred scholarly papers on plant ecology and wetlands, as well as serving organizations including the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, World Wildlife Fund and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. His current research addresses the mechanisms producing diversity in wet pine savannas and in coastal marshes.