Eugene F. Stoermer

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Eugene F. Stoermer (March 7, 1934 – February 17, 2012) was a leading researcher in diatoms, with a special emphasis on freshwater species of the North American Great Lakes. He was a professor of biology at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment.

His Bachelor of Science degree was obtained in 1958 and his Doctor of Science in 1963, both from Iowa State University.

Stoermer originally coined and used the term Anthropocene from the early 1980s to refer to the impact and evidence for the impact of human activities on the planet earth. The word was not used in general culture until it was popularized in 2000 by Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen and others who regard the influence of human behavior on Earth's atmosphere in recent centuries as so significant as to constitute a new geological epoch.[1]


  1. ^ Revkin, Andrew C. (May 11, 2011). "Confronting the ‘Anthropocene’". New York Times. Retrieved 20 February 2012.