Kolshorn Lecture

Otto KolshornEach year, the FWCB invites a distinguished scientist or conservationist to campus to give the Kolshorn Lecture. The Kolshorn lecture series was established in 1982 to honor Otto W. Kolshorn. Otto Kolshorn was a farmer, teacher, school board member, and Justice-of-the Peace from Goodhue County, Minnesota, who served 5 terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

FWCB's annual award ceremony is held in conjunction with the Kolshorn Lecture. The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented and students receiving fellowships and scholarships are honored.


Past Kolshorn Lecturers

2018Dr. Jonathan Losos (Washington University)
2017Dr. Marie-Josée Fortin (University of Toronto)
2016Dr. Janis Dickinson (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
2015Dr. Donald Siniff (University of Minnesota)
2014Dr. Steven Cooke (Assoc. Prof, Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario)
2013No Lecture
2012Dr. Eric Post (Pennsylvania State University)
2011Dr. David S. Wilcove (Princeton University)
2010No Lecture
2009Samuel Gruber (Director, Bimini Biological Field Station)
2008Dr. David B. Wake (UC-Berkeley)
2007Dr. Anthony Sinclair (University of British Columbia )
2006Daniel Simberloff (University of Tennessee)
2005Sam McNaughton (Syracuse University)
2004Dr. Gary Ankley (US Environmental Protection Agency)
2003Shane Mahoney (Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador)
2002William Mansfield (UNEP)
2001Dr. Theo Colburn (WWF; Author of Our Stolen Future)
2000Rodney Sando (Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game)
1999Carl Safina (Author)
1998Stephen O'Brien (NIH)
1997Richard Mace (Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks)
1996Melanie Stiassney (American Museum of Natural History)
1995Michael Wallace (San Diego Zoo)

Early Kolshorn Lecturers (1984 - 1994)

  • Pete Petosky
  • Carlos Fetterolf
  • Tom Lovejoy
  • Stewart Udall
  • Amy Vedder
  • E. Charles Meslow
  • Jim Brandenburg & David Mech

2018 Kolshorn Lecture and Awards Ceremony

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Kolshorn Lecture and Awards Ceremony which will be held on September 20, 2018, on the St. Paul campus from 6:00-7:30 PM.

Dr Jonathan Losos

The Annual Kolshorn Lecture and Awards Ceremony will be held September 20, 2018. Events Scheduled 5 - 8:30 pm starting with Award Recognition on St. Paul Campus and Kolshorn Lecture at the new Bell Museum. This year’s lecture will be presented by Dr. Jonathan Losos of Washington University. Drawing from his new book, “Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance and the Future of Evolution,” Dr. Losos explores recent research, including his own pioneering experimental work with lizards on Caribbean islands to reveal what the latest breakthroughs in evolutionary biology can tell us about one of the greatest ongoing debates in science: is evolution’s path predictable?