Dr. Cairns is the University Distinguished Professor of Environmental
Biology Emeritus in the Department of Biology and Director Emeritus
in the University Center for Environmental and Hazardous Materials
Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
He received his PhD and MS from the University of Pennsylvania,
an AB from Swarthmore College, and completed a postdoctoral course
in isotope methodology at Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia.
He was Curator of Limnology at the Academy of Natural Sciences
of Philadelphia for 18 years, and has taught at various universities
and field stations. Professional certifications include Qualified
Fishery Administrator by the American Fisheries Society, Senior
Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America, and the Academy
of Board Certified Environmental Professionals.
Among his honors are Member, National Academy of Sciences; Member,
American Philosophical Society; Fellow, American Academy of Arts
and Sciences; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of
Science; Foreign Member, Linnean Society of London; the Founder's
Award of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry;
the United Nations Environmental Programme Medal; Fellow, Association
for Women in Science; U.S. Presidential Commendation for Environmental
Activities; the Icko Iben Award for Interdisciplinary Activities
from the American Water Resources Association; Phi Beta Kappa; the
B. Y. Morrison Medal (awarded at the Pacific Rim Conference of the
American Chemical Society); Distinguished Service Award, American
Institute of Biological Sciences; Superior Achievement Award, U.
S. Environmental Protection Agency; the Charles B. Dudley Award
for excellence in publications from the American Society for Testing
and Materials; the Life Achievement Award in Science from the Commonwealth
of Virginia and the Science Museum of Virginia; the American Fisheries
Society Award of Excellence; Doctor of Science, State University
of New York at Binghamton; Fellow, Virginia Academy of Sciences;
Fellow, Eco-Ethics International Union; Twentieth Century Distinguished
Service Award, Ninth Lukacs Symposium. Cairns has served as both
vice president and president of the American Microscopical Society,
has served on 18 National Research Council committees, two as chair,
is presently serving on 14 editorial boards, and has served on the
Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission (U.S.
and Canada) and on the USEPA Science Advisory Board.