Dr. Schindler holds the Killam Memorial Chair and is Professor of Ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. His work on lakes has been widely used in formulating policy internationally. He received his doctorate from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He has served as President of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and as Canadian National Representative to the International Limnological Society. He is the author of over 290 scientific publications. Dr. Schindler's international awards include the G.E. Hutchinson Medal of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, the Naumann-Thienemann Medal of the International Limnological Society, the first Stockholm Water Prize, the Volvo Environment Prize (1998), and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (2006). In 2001 he was awarded the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, Canada's highest scientific honour. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal Society of London, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He has received ten honorary doctorates from Canadian and U.S. universities. He is an Officer in the Order of Canada, and was awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2008. In 2009 he received the Sandford Fleming Award, from the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the public understanding of science.