Alumnus lecturer: Rivers run through U.S. history

November 9, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Purdue University alumnus who is now a University of North Carolina professor will speak on campus on Nov. 15 and 16 about the economy and the historical impact of rivers.

Martin Doyle's talks are part of the Lee A. Rieth Distinguished Lecture Series, sponsored by the School of Civil Engineering, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and the Global Sustainability Initiative in Discovery Park. 

Doyle, who received his doctorate from Purdue, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in Forney Hall, Room G140, on "America's Rivers and the American Experiment: From Federalist Papers to Carbon Markets." He will talk about how society has been shaped by rivers for the past 250 years. Topics will range from how rivers are related to, or have shaped, the mitigation between Northern versus Southern sectionalism of the 19th century to the energized development of nuclear weapons during World War II. A 6:30 p.m. reception will follow. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Doyle's second talk, which is open only to Purdue students, faculty and staff, will begin at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142. Titled "Bringing Ecosystem Services to Market," Doyle will discuss how government and industry are turning more to market-based approaches to solve environmental problems. A reception will follow at 4:30 p.m.

Doyle has received an NSF Early Career Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was named a Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow by Stanford University and was chosen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the inaugural Frederick Clarke Scholar for his work in water resources and environmental policy.
Writer: Amanda Sliepka, 765-496-3006,

Source: Suresh Rao, professor, School of Civil Engineering, 765-496-6554,