LSU Coastal Researcher Receives Wetland Award

08/23/2012 09:33 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU Distinguished Research Master and Shell Endowed Chair in Oceanography and Wetlands Studies at LSU R. Eugene Turner recently received the Wetland Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ninth International Wetland Conference.

The International Wetland Conference is the largest wetland meeting in the world and is held every four years. This year it attracted 1,240 people from 43 countries to Orlando, Fla. The 2008 meeting was in Brazil.  

“It is an honor to receive this from my peers, and it came as a complete surprise,” said Turner. “This seems to be some indicator of the quality of work that many at LSU are doing.”

Turner’s research interests focus on the low oxygen zone off the Mississippi and wetland conservation, restoration and management. He is a recipient of the National Wetland Award and, with Nancy Rabalais, of the 1999 Blasker Award for Science and Engineering for their work on the hypoxic area in the northern Gulf of Mexico. His most recent book project is “Sustainability Science: The Emerging Paradigm and the Urban Environment.”

Turner is a professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, housed in the LSU School of the Coast & Environment. He received a bachelor’s degree from Monmouth College, Ill.; a master’s in biology from Drake University, Iowa; and a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Georgia. He is chair of the INTECOL Wetlands Working Group, executive board member of INTECOL, sits on national scientific committees, is honorary editor-in-chief of the science journal Wetlands Ecology and Management and is active in the scientific aspects of coastal environmental management.

LSU alumnus, graduate research professor and chair of the Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida, K. Ramesh Reddy also received the Wetland Award.

“It is quite pleasing to see one of our former students acknowledged in this way,” said Turner.

Reddy’s areas of expertise and research include biogeochemistry, soil and water quality, and ecosystem restoration. He carried out research for 35 years on biogeochemical cycling of nutrients in natural and managed ecosystems as related to water quality. His early research as a biogeochemist focused on the fate of nutrients in flooded rice paddies, followed by applying biogeochemical principles to study nutrient/contaminant behavior in various ecosystems including freshwater, coastal wetlands and lakes, as related to water quality and eutrophication. His most recent book “Biogeochemistry of Wetlands: Science and Applications” was co-authored with Ron Delaune, also of LSU.

For more information on the INTECOL International Wetland Conference, visit

For more information on K. Ramesh Reddy’s research, visit

Zac  Lemoine 
LSU Research Communications

Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2012