The Value of the Ohio River: A Cultural, Economic and Recreational Resource for the Region
Featuring Chris Lorentz, Ph.D. | August 11 | 1 p.m. | Virtual Event
Chris Lorentz, Ph.D., is beginning his 27th year as a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. For the past 20 years, he has served as director of the Thomas More Ohio River Biology Field Station. On campus, he teaches a variety of classes including Aquatic Biology, Evolution, and Invertebrate Zoology, and has taught study-abroad courses in Australia. In 1999 and again in 2015, he received the award for the Outstanding Full-Time Teacher of the Year. He has been awarded several teaching grants focusing on the improvement of middle school science education and had developed an extensive STEM outreach program to local K-12 schools. Alongside his teaching, he serves as the director of the Center for Ohio River Research and Education at the University’s Biology Field Station. Chris has served as chairperson of the WAVE Foundation at the Newport Aquarium, board member of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences, and president of Delta Epsilon Sigma. Currently, he serves on the Steering Committee of the Ohio River Basin Alliance, is a member of the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Education and Research, and a founding member of the KY Organization of Field Stations. In January 2020, he was elected as president of the Organization of Biological Field Stations, an international society comprising over 225 member stations from 20 countries and six continents.