(McKnight, Diane Marie - 2015) -- Distinguished Research Lectureship Award or Honor Receipt uri icon



  • Through research undertaken over 30 years, Professor McKnight has helped to establish the biogeosciences as a major interdisciplinary field. McKnight’s research focuses on the biogeochemistry of natural organic material and trace metals in streams and lakes and their impacts on water supplies. She has pursued research based on data collected from sites from the South Pole to Africa. The scope of her work has allowed her to contribute to a broadening of the foundations of hydrologic science.
    McKnight also has conducted research on stream ecosystems as part of the McMurdo Dry Valleys LongTerm Ecological Research Project and on alpine lakes and acid mine drainage streams in the Rocky Mountains. She has served as president of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography and as editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences. McKnight is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. The European Geophysical Union awarded the 2015 John Dalton Medal to her for seminal contributions to understanding the interactions of hydrology, biogeochemistry and ecology of lakes and streams, and the interaction of surface water and groundwater.