Passing the Gavel to John Rodgers

Dr. John H. Rodgers, Jr. (right) is a professor of ecotoxicology with the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson University. Dr. Rodgers has been actively engaged in research on the ecology and management of noxious algae and vascular plants for more than 40 years. He has also been involved in design and rehabilitation of wetlands for water quality enhancement throughout the world.

Dr. Rodgers received a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Plant Ecology in 1972 and a Master of Science in Botany and Aquatic Ecology in 1974 from Clemson University. He earned his Ph.D. in Aquatic Toxicology and Biology in 1977 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Rodgers was at East Tennessee State University for two years (1977-1979), the University of North Texas for ten years (1979-1989), and the University of Mississippi for almost ten years (1989-1998) prior to coming to Clemson University. He served in active duty in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force Reserves with the rank of Captain.

Dr. Rodgers is a pioneer in the management of harmful algal blooms and has mentored more than 90 graduate students. John Rodgers has been a member of APMS since 1999 and has presented scientific information along with his students for several decades. He has served on the APMS Board of Directors (2003-2006, 2015-Present) and was the initial chair of the APMS Strategic Planning Committee (2008-2014). Dr. Rodgers has served on the Board of Directors of the SCAPMS (2007-2009) and was elected to serve as President of SCAPMS in 2010. He has also served as President of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (2000) and in numerous other positions in that organization.

Dr. Rodgers has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers in scientific journals on managing noxious algae and vascular plants as well as constructed wetlands and biogeochemistry. He has served on the editorial board of several scientific journals and has reviewed numerous manuscripts for the Journal of the Aquatic Plant Management. He has received many awards for his work including the APMS T. Wayne Miller, Jr. Distinguished Service Award (for Strategic Planning – 2014) and Outstanding Research and Technical Contribution Award (2015) , the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology’s Certificate of Excellence – Educational Materials Award for Benefits of Controlling Nuisance Aquatic Plants and Algae in the United States (with co-authors), and the Aquatic Plant Science Award from the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society, Saratoga Springs, NY.