Honorary doctorate for John J. Stegeman


John J. Stegeman - research on the environmental adaptation of marine animals

John J. Stegeman, is a professor at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts, USA, where he has directed highly successful research in biochemical toxicology in marine animals since the 1970s. His research covers a very broad field and includes evolution, marine biology, environmental science, toxicology, biochemistry and pharmacology, as well as physiological and molecular adaptations in marine animals exposed to environmental toxins.

Professor Stegeman has with his genuine interest and commitment contributed in many different ways to the powerful emergence of ecotoxicology, in particular at the Department of Zoology of the University of Gothenburg. He has been one of the initiators of the Pollutant Responses in Marine Organisms (PRIMO) symposium that started in 1981. Over 20 PhD students, post-docs and senior scientists from the Faculty of Science have participated in PRIMO symposiums over the years and this has been very important for their careers. This scientific venue and the dedication of Professor Stegeman has inspired students and young scientists as well as established scientists and has to date resulted in several joint scientific publications in highly respected international journals and to new research contacts and close collaborations. This has strengthen the field of ecotoxicology and has contributed to the research platform Ecotoxicology - from Gene to Ocean, which is a key element in research and teaching at the Faculty of Science.