Steve Carpenter is the Emeritus Director and Stephen Alfred Forbes Professor of the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His current research topics are controls and dynamics of blooms of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) in lakes, causes of collapse in recreational fisheries, and global tradeoffs among energy, food, and water resources. Carpenter’s research has been recognized by international awards, including the Stockholm Water Prize, the Margalef Prize, and the research awards of professional societies. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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My current research topics are scenarios for resilient futures of social-ecological systems and abrupt transitions of watershed, river, and lake ecosystems. My field research is based in Wisconsin and my global work is interactive with Stockholm Resilience Center.

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Section 63: Environmental Sciences and Ecology

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Section 64: Human Environmental Sciences