Title: Professor Emeritus of Zoology
Company: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Location: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
John Joseph Magnuson, Professor Emeritus of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biology education.
When Dr. Magnuson was a kid, his parents frequently took him on camping and hiking adventures. This sparked his interest in nature and wildlife, and with the help of an influential biology teacher, it blossomed into a fruitful career. Dr. Magnuson’s first step into the profession was at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in 1956 and a Master of Science in 1958. He followed that with a PhD in zoology from the University of British Columbia in 1961, and immediately obtained a position as the chief of the tuna behavior program at the biological laboratory of the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In 1967, Dr. Magnuson joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor. He has remained with the school ever since in roles like associate professor, director of the Trout Lake Biological Station, professor of zoology, chairman of the Oceanography and Limnology Graduate Program, director of the Center for Limnology, and professor emeritus.
In his community, Dr. Magnuson was active as the interim chairman of the Long-term Ecological Research Network Coordinator Committee and the chairman of the Committee for the Assessment of Atlantic Bluefin, the Committee for Pacific Northwest Anadromous Salmonids, the National Research Council Committee of Fisheries, the Committee for Sea Turtle Protection and Management, and the Ecological Society of America Aquatic Ecological Section. He was also the lead investigator of the North Temperate Lakes Long Term Ecological Research Site through the National Science Foundation and the University of Wisconsin. To this day, he remains the chairman of the Committee for Dynamic Changes in Marine Ecosystems: Fishing, Food Webs and Future Options and a trustee of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Magnuson was honored with an Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota in 2003, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography in 2002, a team Member of the Month Award from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration in 2002, and an Award of Excellence from the American Fisheries Society in 2000. He also won a Hilldale Award from the Biological Science Division of the University of Wisconsin-Madison between 1999 and 2000, a Wisconsin Idea Award in Natural Policy in 1990, and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Fisheries Society in 1980. Additionally, he was selected as a National Science Foundation Midcareer Fellow by the University of Washington.
When Dr. Magnuson isn’t working, he enjoys gardening, hiking, genealogy, and photography.
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