It was both an opportune time and a stroke of luck that I was offered the opportunity to work under the influence of two limnological titans, namely Drs. Richard Vollenweider and Jack Vallentyne at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters (CCIW, Burlington) during the 1970s. Both of them were actively involved in the development of phosphorus abatement strategies for the Great Lakes, as well as the development and implementation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between Canada and the United States. Later I would be exposed to Jack's “ecosystem approach” mission, as well as his environmental activism. Both of these great scientists influenced my ecological thinking significantly at a time when the Laurentian Great Lakes were experiencing serious eutrophication problems, especially Lake Erie. The company of these “Gurus”, and my own postdoctoral research led me to believe that these gigantic lakes had big problems which...

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