- © 2015 American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists
DR REED WICANDER (Photograph courtesy of Robert Barclay, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48859, USA) PRESENTATION BY JEN O’KEEFE AND SOPHIE WARNY
There have been many words used to describe Reed Wicander. Upstart, passionate, impactful, forward-thinker, softie, instigator, enthusiastic…but the one that sums him up best is zealot. Reed is a palynological zealot. Since he began his long and illustrious service to AASP – The Palynological Society in 1980, only two years after joining the society, he has been tireless in his efforts to convert everyone he encounters, and even those he never will, to the beauty of the microscopic world, and the joyful camaraderie of the palynological community.
Reed graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1973 and left his post-doctoral position in 1976 to take on a professorship at Central Michigan University, a position he has held ever since. Some might think that moving from one of the nation’s centres of scientific discovery to a less well-known spot in Michigan might have resulted in a rapid slide into obscurity for some, but not for Reed. He joined AASP in 1978 and the Commission Internationale de Microflore du Paléozoïque (CIMP) soon after. Already a respected scientist (eager young pup!), Reed quickly established a name for himself as an advocate for students and as a pusher of the envelope.
He was one of the first to present a poster at an AASP meeting in 1980, where he was also a judge for the L.R. Wilson competition. He wrote his first book review for the society in 1981, appearing in Volume 14, Number 4 of the Newsletter. This became a fairly regular contribution, resulting in his appointment as Book Review Editor in 1985, a post he held for 28 years! Almost three decades of service! This …