Journal of Paleolimnology

, Volume 57, Issue 2, pp 165–179 | Cite as

A brief sketch of my scientific career

  • Piero GuilizzoniEmail author

I extend a big “thank you” to the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA) for awarding me a 2015 IPA Lifetime Achievement Award medal at the 13th International Paleolimnology Symposium in Lanzhou, China. The award was truly unexpected, but of course, a greatly appreciated recognition of my work. First of all, I would like to acknowledge the place that gave me the privilege of starting my scientific life, and where I worked for so many years, CNR—Institute of Ecosystem Study, the former Istituto Italiano di Idrobiologia “Dott. Marco De Marchi,” on Lago Maggiore in Pallanza, Italy. If I did accomplish something good in my scientific life, it was thanks to this historic institute. It was an honor to be part of the staff of the “Istituto Italiano di Idrobiologia.” I am proud to say, especially to young researchers, that almost all internationally recognized limnologists visited Pallanza (Edmondson and Edmondson 1990) to carry out research, collaborate with Italian colleagues,...


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A big “thank you” to Mark Brenner for the thoughtful introduction to my presentation at the 13th International Paleolimnology Symposium in Lanzhou, China, 4–7 August 2015 and for carefully reviewing the manuscript. The comments and suggestions made by Roberta Guilizzoni, Trudy Hall, Tom Whitmore, John Smol, Antonella Cattaneo, Norman Yan are greatly appreciated and all contributed to improve my English. Thanks Norman for the time spent together in Pallanza talking about the “take away” messages for young researchers. Norman, I particularly enjoyed discussing the Italians, their mentality, customs, and their common/strange/unique/curious/often unpredictable behavior (cf. the book Ciao, America!) and your song on Daphnia that you sang for the community here. I thank Stefano Gerli for the valuable help in organizing the figures and photographs.


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  1. 1.Istituto per lo Studio degli Ecosistemi (CNR-ISE)Consiglio Nazionale delle RicercheVerbaniaItaly

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