BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
January 2001

CarinesJohn Cairns, Jr.
University Distinguished Professor of Environmental Biology Emeritus, Department of Biology
and Director Emeritus, University Center for Environmental and Hazardous Materials Studies
Department of Biology, Mail Stop 0406
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061 USA
telephone: 540-231-7075
fax: 540-231-9307
e-mail: jcairns@vt.edu or cairnsb@vt.edu or bniederl@vt.edu

Cairns received the PhD and MS from the University of Pennsylvania, an AB from Swarthmore College, and completed a postdoctoral course in isotope methodology at Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia. He was Curator of Limnology at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia for 18 years, and has taught at various universities and field stations. Professional certifications include Qualified Fishery Administrator by the American Fisheries Society, Senior Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America, and the Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals.

Among his honors are Member, National Academy of Sciences; Member, American Philosophical Society; Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Foreign Member, Linnean Society of London; the Founder's Award of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry; the United Nations Environmental Programme Medal; Fellow, Association for Women in Science; U.S. Presidential Commendation for Environmental Activities; the Icko Iben Award for Interdisciplinary Activities from the American Water Resources Association; Phi Beta Kappa; the B. Y. Morrison Medal (awarded at the Pacific Rim Conference of the American Chemical Society); Distinguished Service Award, American Institute of Biological Sciences; Superior Achievement Award, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency; the Charles B. Dudley Award for excellence in publications from the American Society for Testing and Materials; the Life Achievement Award in Science from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Science Museum of Virginia; the American Fisheries Society Award of Excellence; Doctor of Science, State University of New York at Binghamton; Fellow, Virginia Academy of Sciences; Fellow, Eco-Ethics International Union; Twentieth Century Distinguished Service Award, Ninth Lukacs Symposium. Cairns has served as both vice president and president of the American Microscopical Society, has served on 18 National Research Council committees, two as chair, is presently serving on 14 editorial boards, and has served on the Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission (U.S. and Canada) and on the USEPA Science Advisory Board. The most recent of his 56 books are Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems (Committee Chair), National Academy Press, 1992; Environmental Literacy and Beyond. 1993; Implementing Integrated Environmental Management, 1994; Ecological Toxicitv Testing: Scale Complexity and Relevance, 1995; Rehabilitating Damaged Ecosystems, Second Edition, 1995; and Handbook of Ecotoxicology, 1995; Japanese edition of Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems: Science, Technology, and Public Policy, 1999.

Graduate Committees Chaired: M.S. - 25 Ph.D. - 49

PUBLICATIONS (Total - 1360)
Sole Author and/or Editor
Journal

Books

 

Bulletins

Chapters

Articles

Abstracts

 

Editorials

13

 

1

120

180

13

 

98

Senior Author
Journal

Books

 

Bulletins

Chapters

Articles

Abstracts

 

Editorials

27

 

13

76

139

13

 

11

Other Publications
Journal

Books

 

Bulletins

Chapters

Articles

Abstracts

 

Editorials

16

 

14

85

248

270

 

7

 

TOTAL

             

56

 

28

281

567

309

 

116 + 3 electronic

Service on National Research Council (the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering) Committees:

  1. Panel on Freshwater Aquatic Life and Wildlife, Water Quality Criteria 1972. 594 pp.
  2. Committee for the Working Conference on Principles of Protocols for Evaluating Chemicals in the Environment, Principles for Evaluating Chemicals in the Environment. 1975, 454 pp.
  3. Committee for Study of Environmental Manpower, Commission on Human Resources, Manpower for Environmental Pollution Control 1977, 427 pp.
  4. Military Environmental Research Committee (Installation Renovation Subcommittee), 1977-79
  5. Geophysics Study Committee, Geophysics Research Council Board (to produce report Scientific. Basis of Water Resource Management), 1979
  6. Five-Year Research Outlook (Chapter 8 - Water Resources)
  7. Committee for Water Supply Reviews
  8. Committee on Ecotoxicology (Chairman), Testing for Effects of Chemicals on Ecosystems, 1981, 103 pp; Working Documents for Testing for Effects of Chemicals on Ecosystems, 1981, 157 pp.
  9. Committee on Application of Ecological Theory to Applied Problems, 1982
  10. Environmental Studies Board (September 1980-October 1982)
  11. Task Force on the Ecological Classification System for Implementing Environmental Quality Evaluation Procedures, 1981
  12. Water Science and Technology Board (Founding Member), 1982-85
  13. Chair, Committee on Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems: Science, Technology and Public Policy, 1989-92
  14. Committee on U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Research, 1991-93
  15. Committee on Waste Disposal Options, 1992-93
  16. Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST), 1992-93
  17. Correspondent, National Academy of Sciences Committee on Human Rights, 1991 -1998
  18. Report Review Committee (Final approval of all National Academy Press Publications), 1992-1998
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