York Lecturer Series
1987 York Lecturer Biographical
Dr. Leopold has varied interests outside his research areas. He has recently written about the militarization of science, and he is an active member of the Union for Concerned Scientists. He recently testified about the proposed Strategic Defensive Initiative (SDI) before a U.S. Senate committee.
As the son of Aldo Leopold, the father of modern wildlife ecology management, it is perhaps natural that he holds a deep and abiding interest in preserving the environment. He is a member of the Sierra Club and the Nature Conservancy and is active in local conservation organizations. He is also a member of the National Society for the Classic Guitar.
Dr. Leopold currently is exploring two major research interests: basic seed physiology and the mechanics of gravity-sensing in plants. "We hope to develop basic information about seed physiology--the way seeds work--that will ultimately be useful in the management of seed banks and in seed preservation," he said. The gravitropism research, which has NASA sponsorship, explores the way that gravity affects plant development.
Among his professional organizations, Dr. Leopold is a member of the American Society of Plant Physiologists, serving as president in 1966 and on the editorial board from 1956-66 and 1973-74. He is a member of Sigma Xi and served as president of the Purdue Chapter in 1962. He is on the governing board of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Aging Research and the Crop Science Society of America.
-Biography Originally Compiled March 10, 1987
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