Meet the Prophets
For Prophet, the new center will continue the work he says captured his interest and got him involved in aquatic biology. That project — what Prophet calls “the beginning of the aquatic program at ESU” — studied the effect of Standard Oil Company’s wastewater treatment on the Verdigris and Fall rivers near Neodesha, Kansas.
Providing high-impact learning opportunities for students was prominent throughout Prophet’s career at the university. He took classes on field trips to lakes, rivers and the Ross Natural History Reservation. Over the years, Prophet and his students worked on groundbreaking projects for the Kansas Fish and Game Department and for the Kansas Soil Conservation Service.
“I believe if a student is interested in science, we have to involve them in an active way,” Prophet said.
The Prophet Aquatic Research and Outreach Center is an exciting extension of the philosophy of student-faculty interaction Prophet said he experienced on campus since he first arrived in 1953 with his wife, Kay, when his service in the U.S. Army ended.
Prophet earned a bachelor’s degree then finished his master’s degree in 1957. He taught in the biology department for three years. He rejoined the KSTC faculty in 1962 after earning his doctorate, rising to become chair of the Division of Biological Sciences at ESU before retiring in 1996.