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Lawrence John Blus

Lawrence John Blus, American biologist. Achievements include delineating role of DDE in serious decline of brown pelican population in South Carolina and probable role of endrin on extirpation of this species in Louisiana Testified at hearings on DDT and Dieldrin in the early 1970s. Conducted research that documented serious side effects of endrin, heptachlor, chlordane, famphur, dimethoate, methamidophos, and lead on wildlife populations.

Background

  • Blus, Lawrence John was born on December 23, 1933 in Tilden, Illinois, United States. Son of Frank and Anna (Lentkis) Blus.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Southern Illinois University, 1959. Master of Arts, Southern Illinois University, 1963.

    Career

    • Research biologist Nebraska Game Commission, Thedford, 1961-1966. Biologist wildlife research United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Laurel, Maryland, 1966-1977, Corvallis, Oregon, 1977-1993, National Biological Service, Corvallis, since 1993.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include delineating role of DDE in serious decline of brown pelican population in South Carolina and probable role of endrin on extirpation of this species in Louisiana Testified at hearings on DDT and Dieldrin in the early 1970s. Conducted research that documented serious side effects of endrin, heptachlor, chlordane, famphur, dimethoate, methamidophos, and lead on wildlife populations.

    Works

    • Contributor chapters in books and articles to professional journals.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Membership

    President Aid Association for Luths., Corvallis, since 1988. With United States Army, 1953-1955. Member American Ornithologists Union, Society Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Wildlife Society (board directors central section 1963-1964), Toastmasters Beltsville Maryland (vice president 1975-1977, Distinguished Service award 1977), Sigma Xi.

    Connections

    • Married Donna Darlene Weil, April 25, 1964. Children: Denise, Emily, Daniel.
    • father: Frank Blus
    • mother: Anna (Lentkis) Blus
    • spouse: Donna Darlene Weil
    • children: Denise Blus
    • Emily Blus
    • Daniel Blus
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    Born December 23, 1933
    Nationality
    • 1959
      Southern Illinois University
    • 1963
      Southern Illinois University
    • 1961 - 1966
      Research biologist Nebraska Game Commission
      Thedford, Ontario, Canada
    • 1966 - 1977
      biologist wildlife research United States Fish and Wildlife Service
      Laurel, Mississippi, United States
    • 1977 - 1993
      biologist wildlife research United States Fish and Wildlife Service
      Corvallis, Oregon, United States
    • 1993
      biologist wildlife research United States Fish and Wildlife Service
      Corvallis, Oregon, United States