Excellence in Ecology: Book 16

Scientific Research and Discovery: Process, Consequences and Practice


Louis Legendre


Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, BP 28, 06234 Villefranche-sur-Mer Cedex, France

Recipient of the International Ecology Institute (ECI) Prize 2001 in marine ecology



Professor Louis Legendre was elected by the ECI Jury under the chairmanship of Professor Richard T. Barber. Louis Legendre is currently Director of the Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche-sur-Mer, France. He has excelled by a blend of scientific excellence, originality, probing intellect, energy and personal charm. The pairing of his high professional performance with a unique personal aura makes him one of the most memorable marine ecologists of his generation. Born 1945 in Québec, Canada, Louis Legendre's professional career is impressive. His scientific activities bridge disciplines, latitudes and continents. He has received important honours: Knight of Malta, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Honorary Doctor of the University of Liège of Belgium, and G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography.


EE Book 16 focuses on achievements and shortcomings of modern marine ecology. It also analyses the crux of all science: human capabilities and limitations of conducting research-of critically perceiving the world in and around us. Louis Legendre further examines the relationships between science and culture and underlines the significance of ethics, especially eco-ethics.



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