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Clemson's Steve Klaine to speak at this year’s Ed Cape Seminar

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
January 21, 2014

Steve Klaine

Steve Klaine

The 2014 Ed Cape Seminar keynote speaker will be Steve Klaine, professor of environmental toxicology and director of the Institute of Environmental Toxicology at Clemson University.

This year’s seminar will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 in the Alkek Teaching Theatre at Texas State University.

The topic of Klaine’s presentation is “Emerging contaminants: Water quality challenges in the midst of a technological revolution.”

The Ed Cape Seminar is sponsored by the Thornton family and the Aquatic Resources Program at Texas State.

Klaine earned his B.S. in biology from the University in Cincinnati in 1974, and followed that with a master's and Ph.D. in environmental science, both from Rice University, in 1981 and 1982. His research focuses on the fate and effects of contaminants in the environment. Specifically, he is interested in contaminants that migrate from various land uses into aquatic ecosystems and their effects on aquatic plants and animals. His laboratory studies contaminant effects on fish, aquatic invertebrates, plants and algae. His is collaborating with social scientists to develop strategies that facilitate the coexistence of economically sound land use with good environmental quality.

The annual Ed Cape Seminar honors the late Edward Matthew Cape of San Marcos, a pioneer in the development of water resources in Central Texas. Cape became formally involved with water resource management by providing the necessary leadership for the legislative creation of the Guadalupe River Authority in 1933, which was expanded in 1935 to include the Blanco River and a 10-country region, and renamed the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA). He also deserves recognition for his pivotal role in the construction of Canyon Lake, in cooperation with the then-congressman Lyndon B. Johnson and other area leaders.

The Ed Cape Seminar Series was implemented as a continuing seminar series designed to provide a major forum for discussing major water issues relevant to Central Texas, the state and the nation.

For additional information, contact Glenn Longley at (512) 245-3581.