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Robert Estabrook Moeller Memorial Endowment

The late Dr. Robert Moeller.

Dr. Robert E. Moeller, a long-time friend and supporter of the Lacawac Sanctuary passed away in late May, 2011 at the age of 62. Robert was a limnologist, a researcher who studied the structure and function of lakes and the organisms that live in them. He was always generous in giving his time to help students and colleagues with their research.

Robert’s love of limnology and devotion to research led his work to be the centerpiece of his life. His breadth of understanding in limnology was impressive and ranged from aquatic botany and paleolimnology to the contemporary ecology of phytoplankton and zooplankton. His focus in more recent years was on the ecology of ultraviolet radiation and its effects on zooplankton-phytoplankton interactions.

Robert was born in Chicago in 1949 and grew up roaming the hills and fields of western Pennsylvania. He went to high school at Shadyside Academy in Fox Chapel PA and did his undergraduate work at Dartmouth College. He earned his PhD from Cornell University in Aquatic Ecology, followed by postdoctoral work in Paleolimnology at the University of Minnesota and in Aquatic Ecology at Michigan State. His career involved positions at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, Lehigh University, and most recently Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Many years of his life were dedicated to work on Lake Lacawac and other lakes in the Poconos of northeastern Pennsylvania.

Robert was a quiet man, reserved, and quite private. However, if one were lucky enough to spend time with him, a wry and wicked sense of humor was revealed. It came with a wonderful laugh that was absolutely worth working for.  Robert preferred to work late at night; anyone who joined him then was treated to his collection of classical music and perhaps a cup of fine tea.

From his earliest childhood Robert spent each day in active pursuit of knowledge. His unquenchable and wide ranging curiosity about matters from reptiles and bugs to fossils and rocketry as a child, through nature, history, music, culture, politics, literature, languages, and geography made asking him a question its own reward. It is the intention of the Robert Estabrook Moeller Memorial Fund to support promising young scholars in limnology with bright, inquisitive minds who will perpetuate this search for knowledge.

Robert’s generosity extended to his establishing an endowed fund which will support Robert Estabrook Moeller Research Fellow awards to college and university students and faculty to do limnological research on Lake Lacawac and other Pocono region lakes.

Contributions to to the fund can be directed to:

Lacawac Sanctuary Moeller Fund  

Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation

94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel, PA 18436.


Information and Application for Robert Estabrook Moeller Memorial Fund - Research Fellow Award