- Our Impact
Launched in 2016 through a generous donation by Bill Lovejoy (OSU Alumnus and former student of Dr. Storm), the Robert M. Storm Distinguished Lecture Series honors retired OSU professor, Dr. Robert M. Storm. Known as "Doc" to most everyone, Professor Storm spent over six decades conducting research and teaching in our department (then called Zoology). Considered by many to be the pre-eminent scientist on western reptiles and amphibians, Doc Storm was broadly trained and was also a respected authority on much of the Pacific Northwest fauna. He spent a great deal of time in the field, much of that time with students. His impact is impressive, and includes hundreds of authored publications and the mentorship of more than 70 graduate students. Much of what is known today about Pacific Northwest amphibians and reptiles has some direct or indirect connection back to Doc Storm. His students (and their students in turn) are scattered across North America at many prestigious institutions. We are extremely proud to have been a part of his impressive legacy and look forward to using this newly created lecture series as a venue to showcase the type of integrative and transformative research that was emblematic of Dr. Storm himself.
For more information about the life and work of Doc Storm, read this article by Joseph J. Beatty, William P. Leonard and Edmund D. Brodie, Jr., published in Copeia.
Stay tuned for details on the 2019 Robert M. Storm Distinguished Lecture.