Peter Siver
Peter Siver
Charles and Sarah P. Becker ’27 Professor of Botany and Environmental Studies
Connecticut College
Elected to the Academy in 2023


State University of New York, Binghamton, 1974, BA, Biology and Geography; University of New Hampshire, 1976, MS, Botany; UConn, 1980, PhD, Botany and Ecology

Professional Area

Aquatic ecosystems, ecology, biodiversity and taxonomy of algae, especially golden algae and diatoms; a leader in environmental education and studies


International expert in the ecology, biodiversity, evolution, and taxonomy of algae, especially chrysophytes and diatoms, and a leader in environmental education; highly regarded for innovative uses of algae in reconstructing historical lake conditions, lake management, and understanding impacts of ancient greenhouse environments.