Specializing in aquatic ecology, Harry V. Leland, PhD, began his career after receiving his doctoral degree in 1968. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in zoology from the University of California, a Master of Arts in zoology from Southern Illinois University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in natural resources from the University of Michigan. He started as an assistant professor of environmental biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Then, from 1975 to 1992, he served as a research biologist in the Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA, before moving to the Boulder, CO in the same position. Outside of his primary roles in the field, Dr. Leland has also served as a research advisor for ecology and was active with the research committee of the Water Pollution Control Federation. In addition, he is a founding member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
Throughout his career, Dr. Leland has also extended his expertise in the field as a contributing author. He has contributed 45 articles ranging in topics such as the biological effects of trace metals in freshwater, species selection in aquatic communities, and the biological integrity of rivers and lakes throughout the United States. He was also a principal contributor to the success of the National Water-Quality Assessment Program, in which he assessed 70 percent of the surface and ground-waters of the United States. Civically, Dr. Leland has served as a volunteer naturalist with Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) in Boulder, CO. He also served on the inter-agency toxicity evaluation committee for the San Francisco Bay and Delta governments. Today, in order to remain abreast of developments in his field, Dr. Leland has maintained affiliation with the Society for Freshwater Science and the International Society of Limnology. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, and listening to classical music.
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