Reception to Honor Alumni Drs. Addison and John Lawrence



Oct. 6, 2005 – Southeast Missouri State University will be honoring two of its outstanding Alumni Merit Award winners, Drs. Addison L. and John M. Lawrence, at a College of Education and Alumni Association reception at 5 p.m. Oct. 28 on the Show Me Center Concourse.

The event is free and open to the public, and recognizes the two alumni for their accomplishments.  Both are receiving the annual Alumni Merit Awards this year, which are presented by Southeast to honor distinguished alumni.  The awards have been given since 1958 to graduates of Southeast who have brought distinction to themselves and to the University. 

 Photo of Dr. Addison LawrenceClick to see a larger picture of Dr. Addison Lawrence.

Dr. Addison Lawrence graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1956 with majors in biology, chemistry and mathematics.  He went on to receive his master’s and doctoral degrees in physiology from the University of Missouri – Columbia.  Lawrence is currently a professor, regent fellow, faculty fellow and project leader of the Shrimp Mariculture Program in the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station and in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University.  He received the “Faculty Fellow” award and the “International Researcher of the Year” Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for International Involvement from Texas A&M in 2001.  Lawrence has supervised a number of undergraduate and graduate students during their academic careers and helped them to achieve advanced degrees.  He has published 288 papers and 415 abstracts in a number of scholarly journals in the areas of biochemistry, physiology and aquaculture. 

He has attended scores of seminars and given dozens of presentations during his career.  Lawrence helped garner 101 grants during his career totaling more than $13 million for research in his field of study.  He is currently the overview committee chairman of the Aquaculture Certification Council, Inc., and a member of its board of directors and executive committee.  He is also a member of the Advisory Board for Aqua Feed International.  Lawrence has two patents: Method for Cryopreservation of Multicellular Organisms, and Sea Urchin Feed and Method of Producing Same.


 Photo of Dr. John LawrenceClick to see a larger picture of Dr. John Lawrence. Dr. John Lawrence graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1958 with a degree in biology.  He received a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Missouri–Columbia and his doctorate in biology from Stanford University.  Lawrence received an honorary doctoral degree from l’Universite de la Mediterranee in 2000 and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Marine Biological Association of Western Universities in 1990.

He has traveled extensively, serving as a visiting investigator in several countries.  He is a member of the Zoological Society of Japan, the Scottish Marine Biology Association, the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, and the American Society of Zoologists, Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Lawrence is on the editorial board of the Cahiers de Biologie Marine, an adviser to Biologiya Morya, an editorial board member of Zoological Science, and a senior advisor to Marine Ecology, Progress Series.  He has organized several conferences and authored the book A Functional Biology of Echinoderms.  He has edited 10 books and has written 18 chapters in respected literature.  Lawrence has published more than 180 articles in numerous scholarly journals.  He has written several book reviews and has presented more than 150 papers at state, national and conventional meetings.  Lawrence has participated in more than 30 invited seminars in Venezuela, Chile, Japan, Brazil, Sweden, China, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, and others.