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About the Lane Lecture Promotes Environmental Awareness

The annual Lane Family Lecture in Environmental Science is endowed by a gift from the former publisher of Sunset magazine and numerous books and films, L.W. “Bill” Lane and his wife Jean. The Lane Family Lecture was inaugurated in 1993.

In addition to the lecture series, the Lanes, along with their son Robert, a 1983 Washington State University graduate, created the Robert Lane Fellowship in Environmental Science. The fellowship supports graduate students studying environmental science at WSU.

“We are strong proponents of public service and hope that the annual lecture and fellowship encourage efforts to find solutions to some of the global problems that confront society,” says Bill Lane.

Bill Lane, a graduate of Stanford University, is the former co-chairman of Lane Publishing Co. and publisher of Sunset. He is a former U.S. ambassador to Australia and Nauru, and ambassador-at-large to Japan. He also served as chairman of the Presidential Commission on the Centennial of National Parks, and on many other corporate and government committees and education boards.

Jean Lane, a graduate of Northwestern University, is a docent at Stanford University’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and has served on the boards of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, the National Tropical Botanical Garden and the Filoli Center in Woodside, Calif.

Past Presenters

2007 Jane Goodall
Famed primatologist

Jane visits our pygmy rabbit conservation team


Dr. Harold A Mooney
Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University
Paul S. Achilles Professorship in Environmental Biology


Dr. David T. Suzuki
“Ecology vs. Economy…Setting the Real Bottomline”


Cecil D. Andrus
“Threatening Clouds Over Our Environment”


Gene E. Likens
“Acid Rain and the Biogeochemistry of Calcium at Hubbard Brook”


John W. Terborgh
“New Horizons in Global Conservation”