Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement
Dr David Schindler, who performed a series of important experiments in the 1970s and 1980s which showed that phosphorus was the major cause of uncontrolled algae growth and that acid rain could begin destroying freshwater lakes at far lower levels than previously thought, received the prestigious Tyler Award. Schindler thanks his mentors for his success, saying "I've always found that mentors don't necessarily have to be in your own field. There is something about the way these people's brains work, that if your brain is on the same wavelength—if you're working on the same problem or not—it gets it channeled in the right direction.”
The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement is the premier award for environmental science. It is given to individuals whose discoveries and solutions have helped focus worldwide attention on environmental problems. Past Tyler Prize winners include Jane Goodall and Nobel Laureates Paul Critzen and Mario Molina. In 2006, Dr David Schindler of the University of Alberta was awarded the Tyler Prize in honour of his ecological work on water quality.