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

2019Dr. Heather Leslie (University of Maine Darling Marine Center)
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

2019 Kolshorn Lecture

Dr Heather Leslie

The Annual Kolshorn Lecture will be held September 12, 2019, at 5 PM at the Bell Museum. This year's lecture, “Creating resilient coastal communities and ecosystems: Connecting marine conservation science and practice,” will be given by Dr. Heather Leslie, Director of the University of Maine's Darling Marine Center. Dr. Leslie is an international leader in marine conservation science who conducts research on the ecology, policy, and management of coastal marine ecosystems.

Dr. Leslie will share stories of her research in the US and Mexico, where she has led interdisciplinary research and education programs in collaboration with colleagues at academic, government, and non-government organizations for the last 20 years.  Dr. Leslie is an internationally known marine conservation scientist at the University of Maine and Director of UMaine’s Darling Marine Center. She studies the human and environmental dimensions of small-scale fisheries and other aspects of human-nature interactions in coastal communities and works with her students and colleagues to connect this science to policy and management from the local to the national level.