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Published: 18 Jun, 2008

Plant scientist, ecologists and chemistry teacher named honorary doctors by faculty of science an...

NEWS Plant scientist Mark Stitt, ecologists Eva Engblom and Pär-Erik Lingdell, and chemistry teacher DanOlof Andersson have been appointed as new honorary doctors by the Faculty of Science and Technology at Umeå University. They will formally receive the high honour at the annual ceremony on 18 October.

Professor Mark Stitt is a world-leading authority in plant science. His more than 200 scientific papers over the last 20 years have been cited more than 12,000 times. Since 2000, he has held the position as director and scientific member at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology in Golm, Germany.   He is particularly interested in how plants adapt to a changed environment, for example, such as malnutrition and temperature variations. Mark Stitt has contributed with commitment and expertise to develop successful research at Umea Plant Science Centre.

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Mark StittPhone: 0331 567 8100/2

DanOlof Andersson, now retired, has also been named honorary doctor. He was a formerly a teacher of chemistry at the secondary school Balderskolan in Skellefteå during 1964-1986. He has in an enthusiastic manner of teaching aroused interest in chemistry for the students at Balderskolan. His background as a civil engineer in chemistry and the experience he taken from the paper industry has enabled him to combine theoretical and practical teaching in a dynamic manner.

Thanks to his wide-ranging knowledge of the subject and his ability to teach, he has delivered numerous talented chemists to Umeå University and the entire country.

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DanOlof AnderssonPhone: 018-23 70 03

The self-taught researchers Eva Engblom and Pär-Erik Lingdell together have accomplished a distinguished and life-long contribution to the biological diversity of aquatic insects, such as dragonflies, snails, leeches and crayfish. In a self-produced database, they have categorised over 22,000 samples from Swedish lakes and streams which have enabled them observe acidification and calcification effects on animal species.

Additionally, they have developed an identification system for groups of organisms. With the help of lectures and writings, they have contributed to the large sums of money set aside by governmental agencies to restore damaged waters and protect pristine bodies of water.

The couple has collaborated with scientists at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University.

Editor: Karin Wikman