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Keiser Distinguished Lectureship in Life Sciences

"Wilderness, wildness, and biodiversity: realized through natural history."

Ohio Northern University is pleased to welcome Dr. Reed Noss, Provost's Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Central Florida on October 6, 7, and 8, 2014. Dr. Noss will deliver the 2014 Keiser Lecture on Tues, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the Freed Center.  On Mon., Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Noss will speak to Sigma Xi about "Forgotten grasslands of the South: ecological history and future."

About Dr. Noss:

ImageIn addition to being the Provost’s Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Central Florida, Dr. Reed Noss is also the President of the Florida Institute for Conservation Science. He has a B.S. in Education from the University of Dayton, an M.S. in Ecology from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Conservation Biology (1993-1997), President of the Society for Conservation Biology (1999-2001), and President of the North American Section of the Society (2006-2008). He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has served on many boards and advisory panels, including the Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology, the Board of Trustees of the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and Florida’s Acquisition and Restoration Council. He recently served as Vice-Chair of a Federal Advisory Committee for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program.

Professor Noss has nearly 300 publications and is recognized as one of the 500 most highly cited authors in all fields. His research involves the application of science to species-level and ecosystem-level conservation planning, restoration, and management. He is currently writing a book on southern grasslands, studying the effects of suburban and exurban development on bird communities, and conducting research on impacts of, and adaptation to, sea-level rise in Florida.

(source: University of Central Florida


Terry D. Keiser, BSEd '64

Named in honor of professor Terry D. Keiser, BSEd '64, the Keiser Distinguished Lectureship in Life Sciences brings nationally prominent life sciences scholars to Ohio Northern's campus each year to lecture and interact with students.

With an endowment of more than $1 million, the lectureship has been funded by gifts from alumni, friends and colleagues. Among the major gifts was a donation from Keiser's Northern classmates Robert Gronlund, BA '64, and his wife, DeOnne, of Lewisburg, Pa.

Keiser  joined the Ohio Northern faculty in 1967, rising from instructor to professor of biological sciences to chair of the department. He served as the chair of the University Council and is the director of ONU's Metzger Nature Center. He was instrumental in establishing the Metzger Nature Center in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and the ONU Tidd-Oakes Farm, a 300-acre wetlands restoration project just 12 miles from campus.

Do you have a suggestions for a speaker for the Keiser Lectureship? Contact Professor Jay Mager at or by calling 419-772-2333.

The Keiser Lectureship is the first program of its kind at Ohio Northern.