Karin Limburg

Distinguished Professor

State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF, USA)

Karin Limburg is a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Interested in the nexus of humans and nature, Karin’s studies have tended toward the transdisciplinary. Whether the boundary crossing went into physics or into ecological economics, ecology has remained the central focus. The Hudson River estuary and watershed have served as a home base of study, but longstanding interest and work in Sweden expanded her research into the Baltic Sea, the largest anthropogenic dead zone, and other regions, fresh or salty, around the world.  Karin is also a visiting professor at the Department of Aquatic Resources, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and adjunct at the Graduate Program at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Currently she serves as past-president of the International Fisheries Section of the American Fisheries Society. Her hobby is wild mushroom collecting.

Her first presentation will review some of the microchemical and other methods of tracing migration, with emphasis on diadromous species.  The second presentation is a case study of stocking American shad, where success stories are few in its native range, but the world’s largest population occurs outside of its range on the North American west coast. Reasons for success and failure will be discussed.

Talk 1: Methods to track diadromy

Talk 2: East, West, Home is (Not) Best: History of American Shad stocking in the U.S.