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.
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.
2016: Dr. Christopher Dempsey, Gannon University
The role of photochemical reactions and microbial degradation in the oxidation of dissolved organic carbon in Lake Lacawac
2015: Jennifer Brentrup, Miami University of Ohio
A comparison of the fate of terrestrial dissolved organic matter in temperate vs. sub-tropical lakes
2014: Dr. Robyn Smyth, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Understanding changes in lake thermal structure: preliminary physical analysis of Lakes Lacawac and Giles
Lacawac Sanctuary welcomes applications for the Robert Estabrook Moeller Memorial Fund Research Fellow Award. Applicants can be students or faculty. The award supports scholars conducting limnological research on Lake Lacawac and other Pocono region lakes. The award must be used in support of research done while the investigator is in residence at Lacawac Sanctuary. Preference will be given to scholars who are new Lacawac users or are starting new projects, and who also request funding to cover Lacawac lodging, lab, and/or boat fees.
Lacawac Sanctuary welcomes applications from undergraduate and graduate students to cover lodging or research expenses at the sanctuary through the Isabel and Arther Watres Research Award.
The grant will support the expenses of college or university students whose research deals, in whole or substantial part, with the natural resources (biological or physical) of the Lacawac Sanctuary. Priority in expending funds will be given to supporting the costs of residence at Lacawac and/or the research user fees of undergraduate students. Only after appropriate support of those costs will consideration be given to supporting the costs of research supplies or materials, or to funding the research expenses of graduate students.
Awards generally range from $300 - $700.
2016: Ariek Norford, Franklin and Marshall College
Changes in dissolved organic matter and impacts on dissolved oxygen and zooplankton
2016: Sarah Magyan, Gannon University
The role of photochemical reactions and microbial degradation in the oxidation of terrestrially dervied dissolved organic carbon in temperate lakes
2015: Taylor Leach, Miami University of Ohio
Living in a multidimensional world: Exploring the mechanisms that link vertical and horizontal habitat selection of zooplankton using acoustic techniques
2015: Tiffany Chin, Dickinson College
Seasonal changes in the algal community of Lake Lacawac
2013: Sarah DeVaul, Temple University
Temperature-driven changes in the community of bacterivorous protists in a freshwater lake
2012: Jeffrey Babb, Miami University of Ohio
2007: Adam Heinze, Temple University
Characterizing the mixotrophy of Dinobryon