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Patrick L. Osborne

Patrick L. OsborneExecutive Director
Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center

Office: Benton 216e
Phone: (314) 516-5219
FAX: (314)516-6233


Ph.D. University East Anglia 1978

Patrick Osborne is Executive Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He obtained his Ph.D. in aquatic ecology from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom in 1978. He has 30 years experience in tropical ecology research, education and environmental consultancy in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Papua New Guinea, Australia, the Philippines and Kenya. He was Head of the Biology Department at the University of Papua New Guinea and Deputy Director of the Water Research Center at the University of Western Sydney in Australia. His research has focused on phytoplankton ecology and paleolimnology of tropical wetlands and lakes as a means to elucidating ecosystem function and change. He has published over 30 papers and co-authored Freshwater Plants of Papua New Guinea (University of Papua New Guinea Press) and published a student textbook, Tropical Ecosystems and Ecological Concepts (Cambridge University Press). He manages the National Science Foundation MO-STEP program for the Department of Biology and teaches courses in conservation biology, environmental science and ecology.

Selected publications

Osborne, P.L. (2005). Water resources and development. Encyclopedia of the Developing World, Routledge, New York.

Osborne, P.L. (2005). Eutrophication in shallow, tropical lakes and wetlands. In: Reynolds, C.S. and O'Sullivan, P. (eds), The Lakes Handbook (Volume 2). Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford.

Osborne, P.L. (2000). Tropical ecosystems and ecological concepts. Cambridge University Press. Pp. 464.

Osborne, P.L.; Polunin, N.V.C. and Totome, R.G. (1996). Sediments as indicators of ecosystem function in four contrasting lakes in Papua New Guinea. In: Schiemer, F. and Boland, K. (eds), Perspectives in tropical limnology. Pp 131-149. SPB Academic Publishing, The Netherlands.

Osborne, P.L. (1995). Limnology in the wet tropics: Papua New Guinea. In: Gopal, B. and Wetzel, R.G. (eds), Limnology in developing countries: Volume 1. Pp 121-161. SIL and International Scientific Publications, New Delhi.

Osborne, P.L. (1995). Biological and cultural conservation in Papua new Guinea: Conservation, conflicts, constraints and compromise. Ambio 24, 231-237.

Osborne, P.L., Humphreys, G.S. & Polunin, N.V.C. (1993). Sediment deposition and late Holocene environmental change in a tropical lowland basin: Waigani Lake, Papua New Guinea. Journal of Biogeography 20, 599-613.

Osborne, P.L. & Totome, R.G. (1992). Influences of oligomixis on the water and sediment chemistry of Lake Kutubu, Papua New Guinea. Archiv für Hydrobiologie 124, 427-449.