July 17, 2012
Curtis Suttle holds a B.Sc. (hons) degree in Zoology and a PhD in Botany, from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He has held positions as the Coastal Marine Scholar at the State University of New York and as Associate Professor at the University of Texas. He is currently Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, and Botany, as well as the Associate Dean of Science for Research at UBC.
Dr. Suttle is one of the world’s leading marine virologists. His active research program encompasses environmental microbiology and virology, but primarily focuses on viruses. He currently has active projects examining viruses in extreme environments, as well as studies of natural reservoirs of viral pathogens, the use of viruses as environmental proxies, the isolation and characterization of unusual viruses, the evolution and diversity of viruses and viral communities, and viruses as proxies for life on other planets.
Dr. Suttle has authored over 100 scientific papers and has published in many journals, including Nature, Science and Proceedings of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and the recipient of the A.G. Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Science, and the Parsons Medal in Multidisciplinary Ocean Science. Dr. Suttle has been a member of numerous scientific societies and has held elected office in the American Society of Microbiology, the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses. He has also had editorial responsibilities for Limnology and Oceanography, Aquatic Microbial Ecology, Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Ecology.