04/17/2013 07:57 PM
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, April 17, unanimously voted
to award a Boyd Professorship to LSU School of the Coast and Environment Professor
R. Eugene Turner, an internationally renowned coastal scientist and an expert on both
the northern Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone as well as the ongoing impacts of the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill.
A designation as Boyd Professor is the LSU System’s highest and most prestigious academic
rank, and is only awarded to faculty who have achieved national and international
recognition for outstanding research, teaching or other creative achievements.
In awarding the Boyd Professorship, the Board noted Turner’s global reputation in
coastal sciences and wetlands conservation, restoration and management, and commended
both his decades of successful research funding and his hundreds of highly-cited publications.
Turner, who holds the Shell Endowed Chair in Oceanography/Wetland Studies, has been
a faculty member at LSU for nearly 40 years, and has mentored almost one hundred students
towards a masters or doctoral degree. He has been recognized as both an LSU Distinguished
Research Master and an LSU Rainmaker, and in 2012 was awarded the Wetland Lifetime
Achievement Award at the International Wetland Conference.
Christopher D’Elia, dean of the LSU School of the Coast and Environment, in nominating
Turner, observed that “he exemplifies critical thinking and expects his students and
his colleagues to demonstrate that capacity as well.”
The dean also noted, “It is undeniable that Dr. Turner has moved forward discussions
of land loss, coastal restoration and hypoxia. His leadership on these coastal issues
has reflected well on the School of the Coast and Environment and LSU.”
Several prominent external scholars noted his “extremely prolific” career and contributions
to the field.
Nominations for the Boyd Professorship from a campus are evaluated by the LSU System
Boyd Professor Review Committee, which seeks confidential evaluations from distinguished
scholars in the candidate’s field of expertise. Once endorsed by the review committee,
the nomination is forward to the LSU system president and Board of Supervisors for
approval. Faculty are not informed of their nomination until the Board votes to award
the Boyd Professorship.
Turner received his bachelor’s degree from Monmouth College in Illinois in 1967; his
master’s degree from Drake University in 1969; and his Ph.D. from the University of
Georgia in 1974, the same year he arrived at LSU. Since then, he has served in a
variety of roles for the university, including Chairman of the Department of Marine
Science (now Oceanography and Coastal Science) and director of the Coastal Ecology
Turner is the 71st Boyd Professor named in the LSU System, and the 46th from LSU A&M,
to be awarded the coveted title since it was established in 1953 to honor brothers
David and Thomas Boyd, early faculty members and presidents of LSU. With his appointment,
there are now 20 active Boyd Professors across multiple campuses of the LSU System.
For further information about Turner’s work, contact Ashley Berthelot at 225-578-3870 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013