UW Madison’s Steve Carpenter wins prestigious Blue Planet Prize

Steve Carpenter, director emeritus of the UW Madison Center for Limnology, is one of two recipients of the Asahi Glass Foundation’s 31st Blue Planet Prize. The annual award is given each year to two individuals or organizations working to make the earth more sustainable. Carpenter received the award in recognition of more than 40 years of research on lake ecosystems. His work, according to the foundation, provided the world with “a new perspective on social-ecological systems” and highlighted the global issue of human use of agricultural fertilizers and how they can pollute freshwater systems.