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Wetland Ambassadors application, deadline extended

February 3, 2017

Due to several requests from wetland science students and wetland research mentors around the globe, we have extended our deadline to apply for the new Wetland Ambassadors Research Fellowship Program! As a reminder, these fellowships will provide the opportunity for graduate students to travel to another country and conduct groundbreaking research with some of the world’s top wetland scientists. 

In order to be considered for a fellowship, the applicant must be currently enrolled in an M.S. or Ph.D. program at one of our partner institutions. Click here for more information on eligibility, applications instructions and guidelines. Click here to learn more about the research mentors that you can work with for this year’s program.

All applications are now due by the extended deadline of Monday, February 20th at 11:59pm EST. Please contact Dr. Bianca Wentzell at Bianca.m.pier@gmail.com if you have any questions about the program, or Ms. Kara Miller at kmiller@sws.org if you have any specific questions about the application site. We hope that you will take this extended opportunity to apply and join us this coming year!

SWS writes in support of WOTUS & Amici Curiae Brief 

February 2, 2017

On World Wetlands Day, SWS released its letter of support for the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Clean Water Rule and WOTUS Amici Curiae Brief to U.S. Administration and Congress. Although wetlands cover a relatively small portion of our landscape, they provide extensive economic and non-economic benefits. More than 1,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies, using the best available science, supported the development of the U.S. Clean Water Rule. Policy based in sound science is the foundation for human and ecological health and prosperity, and the Clean Water Rule meets this standard. Read the full letter here.

SWS Executive Board endorses March for Science

February 1, 2017

SWS Executive Board members, Gillian Davies, Kim Ponzio, Julila Cherry and Loretta Battaglia, support the use of sound science in wetland policy and stewardship. We hope to see you at the March for Science in Washington D.C., or any of the satellite marches at other locations, on Earth Day 2017 (April 22). Please view the March for Science website for more information, or join the conversation on our Facebook page

NYT highlights former WiW chair's research 

January 23, 2017

The New York Times recently interviewed former SWS Women in Wetlands Section chair, Ellen Hartig, about her work on chronicling sea levels, over a 1,500-year stretch, on a New York marsh. Hartig's study confirmed that sea levels are rising faster than at any other time in 15 centuries. As a consequence, more than $25 billion worth of infrastructure will be under direct threat from flooding in the coming decades, including seven hospitals, 183 hazardous waste sites and the homes of nearly 100,000 people. Read the full article here.   

2017 SWS Europe Chapter Meeting in Faro, Portugal

January 20, 2017

The SWS Europe Chapter will hold its 2017 annual chapter meeting on May 4 - 6, 2017, in Faro, Portugal. It will kick off the meeting on May 4 by joining the European Pond Conservation Network (EPCN)'s 7th European Pond Conservation Network Workshop + LIFE CHARCOS Seminar: Ponds in a Changing World for field trips and a conference dinner. The EPCN conference will also be held in Faro, Portugal, May 1 - 4, 2017. The Europe Chapter strongly encourages attending both meetings, the entire week of May 1 - 6, 2017. By joining with EPCN, they hope to enhance collaboration in wetland restoration, conservation and other land-use science, as well as find solutions for reoccurring problems. They want to encourage the discussion of new wetland conservation, restoration and management research. To learn more about EPCN's Ponds in a Changing World workshop, please visit the 7th EPCN+LIFE CHARCOS Seminar website. If interested in registering for both the SWS Europe Chapter Meeting and the 7th European Pond Conservation Network Workshop + LIFE CHARCOS Seminar, please register on the EPCN registration site

The SWS Europe Chapter meeting, Sustainable Management of Wetlands, will explore the novel approaches for water management, biodiversity conservation, restoration, pollution control and climate change. Sessions will include themes on wetlands in a water-wise eco (bio)-based industry, the ecological quality of lakes and reservoirs, river conservation in regards to facing agriculture intensification and climate and conservation and conflicting interests in coastal lagoons. All are welcome and invited. If interested in attending just the SWS Europe Chapter Meeting, please register hereFor more information, please visit the SWS Europe Chapter webpage.

Call for Abstracts
A sample abstract form has been prepared for authors to reference when preparing their abstract. It has been prepared with the specified page layout, general formatting and styles that should be used for papers submitted. Please submit your abstract as a PDF to Matthew Simpson at matthew.simpson@wwtconsulting.co.uk by February 28, 2017.

International Conference on Environmental History

January 20, 2017

The Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World (DiSSGeA) at the University of Padova will host the International Conference on Environmental History on May 17 - 19, 2017, in Padova, Italy. For more information on the conference, check out this promotional flyer

Call for papers:
Proposals will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee, taking into account their relevance to the conference themes, the originality of the thesis and their interdisciplinary approach. Oral presentations should be in English or French, and should not exceed twenty minutes. Proposals for participation should be submitted to ecosystemservices2017@gmail.com in the form of a paper (maximum 2000 characters) in English or French no later than February 28, 2017.

World Wetlands Day youth art contest

January 16, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017, is World Wetlands Day! The Society of Wetland Scientists will celebrate this important day by offering a youth art contest, open February 2 - April 2, 2017. Finalists will be announced in May for American Wetlands Month, and will be judged at the SWS Annual Meeting in June. 

For grades 1 - 5, the drawing should be an image of their favorite wetland. Grades 6 - 12 can submit a drawing, photograph or combination of both that reflects the theme, "wetlands for protecting and serving people." Please include your name, grade level, city, state, country and parent's email address on the back of the drawing. Send original artwork to the following address: 

SWS Wetland Promotions Subcommittee
22 N. Carroll St., Ste. 300
Madison, WI, USA 53703

Please note that all submissions will become the property of SWS for promotional and educational purposes. Submissions will not be mailed back. Artwork must be received by April 2, 2017, to qualify. Only one submission per person.  For more information, check out this promotional flyer.

WETPOL calls for abstracts

December 13, 2016

The 7th International Symposium for Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control (WETPOL) will be held August 22 - 26, 2017, at the Big Sky Resort in Big Sky, Montana, USA. WETPOL is the preeminent global conference that brings together scientists, engineers and practitioners, working on the use of wetlands for water quality improvement. For the first time in the U.S., this conference will create unique opportunities for collaborative exchange, so new participants are encouraged to attend. A full program is planned, focused on domestic wastewater treatment wetlands, urban stormwater wetlands and bio-swales, riparian wetland restoration, wetlands in agricultural settings and wetland biogeochemistry. The conference will include one day of field trips to explore examples of constructed, restored and unique natural wetlands and riparian areas in the region. Learn more at wetpol.org, or check out this informational flyer.

The WETPOL planning committee is now accepting abstracts for the 2017 meeting. Learn more here. Deadline to submit an abstract is January 31, 2017.

CASS writes letter to President-Elect Trump

December 1, 2016

In late November, the Consortiuim of Aquatic Sciences Socieities (CASS) wrote a Letter of Comment to President-Elect Trump about its concern for the future of the nation's aquatic resources. SWS President Gillian Davies signed the letter in support. Read the full letter here.

Wonders of Wetlands inspires students

October 27, 2016

In October, the SWS Western Chapter sponsored an event, Wonders of Wetlands, in Bay Point, California, that included hands-on, wetland-related educational activities for Riverview Middle School students. Exhibits included mallard taxidermy and a make-your-own-wetland activity. Click here to learn more.

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Riverview Middle School students, Lesley Barajas and Alana Le, make their own wetland. 

CA law recognizes watersheds as infrastructure

October 21, 2016

In September, the California governor signed a law that recognizes the state's source watersheds as part of its water infrastructure, and their increasing importance as our climate changes. By doing so, the law allows the use of modern financing approaches to protect and restore source watersheds, including stream channel restoration, wet and dry meadow restoration, conservation of private forests, upland vegetation management to restore watershed productivity and resiliency, other projects that would increase conditions for water and snow attraction, retention and release under changing climate conditions, and road removal and repair. The new law is ground-breaking in that it fundamentally shifts the regulatory relationship to ecosystems and their services, and puts ecosystems on the same footing as grey infrastructure, relative to funding projects. Click here to read the bill

SWS signs MOC with SER

 October 20, 2016

On Monday, October 17, 2016, the Society of Wetland Scientists signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Society for Ecological Restoration. In keeping with the mission of the two Societies, the President of SWS, Gillian Davies, and the Executive Director of SER, Bethanie Walder, signed the Memorandum while visiting a cranberry bog wetland restoration project at Tidmarsh Farms in Plymouth, MA, where they had the opportunity to tour the largest freshwater wetland restoration site (pictured below) in New England. Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration Director Tim Purinton and restoration site owners and project initiators Glorianna Davenport (M.I.T. Media Lab) and Evan Schulman generously hosted SWS and SER. Tidmarsh Farms is currently the site of a diverse set of research initiatives, including The Living Observatory. Click here to read more about Tidmarsh Farms. 

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(Left) SWS President Gillian Davies signs MOC with SER Executive Director, Bethanie Walder. 
(Right) Restoration site owner, Glorianna Davenport and 
MA DER Director, Tim Purinton with SWS and SER leaders at Tidmarsh Farm.

Ghosh receives Luc Hoffmann Award

October 20, 2016

SWS member Dhrubajyoti Ghosh received the Luc Hoffmann Award this September at the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii. This prestigious award is given to those who set exceptional examples of conservation and ecosystem management. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) awarded Ghosh for his work on the East Kolkata Wetlands (EKW) and its success in treating the city's wastewater. The EKW gained recognition when it was named a Ramsar site, a Wetland of International Importance. Read more here

Read The Guardian's article on Ghosh, The miracle of Kolkata's wetlands - and one man's struggle to save them.

SWS expresses concern for Taiwan's Jiading Wetland 

October 10, 2016

SWS leaders wrote a Letter of Comment to Mayor Chu Chen of Kaohsiung City, Taiwan about their concern for the Jiading Wetland area. The local government recently approved construction plans for Road 1-4 that will disturb the wetlands. Read the full letter here.  

SWS discusses blue carbon policy

October 7, 2016

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SWS Members gather to discuss blue carbon policy. 

On October 4 - 6, 2016, SWS members participated in and presented at the North American Blue Carbon Experts and Partners Meeting: Science for Policy, sponsored by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.  This tri-national (Mexico, Canada, and U.S.A.) meeting of blue carbon scientists and policymakers discussed the state of the science for blue carbon, and policy opportunities and initiatives across North America, and worked to identify research needs and next steps in developing meaningful blue carbon policy at the international, national, provincial/state, and local levels.  In addition to work sessions, the group was privileged to visit the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, where they observed the “Bringing Wetlands to Market” project research site and the Herring River restoration project site at the Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet, MA.

SWS travels to 10th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference

October 3, 2016

SWS was represented strongly at the 10th INTECOL (International Association of Ecology) International Wetlands Conference, held in Changshu, China, from September 19 – 24, 2016. SWS takes great pride in the many and substantial contributions of our members, who helped to make the conference in Changshu such a success. Click here to read more about the Society's involvement in the conference. 

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Visit our SWS Facebook page to see the full conference photo album.

An outcome of the conference was the signing and passing of The Changshu Declaration on Wetlands. More than 800 participants from over 72 countries came together to sign this historic declaration; read the Changshu Declaration here. Watch the signing of the Changshu Declaration on the Society of Wetland Scientists' YouTube channel

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SWS member Ben LePage signs the Changshu Declaration.

The conference brought together wetland scientists from around the globe, and offered all attendees the opportunity to observe the significant progress that China has made in protecting and restoring wetlands.  The conference would not have been possible without the support and generosity of conference organizers, Nanjing University Ecological Research Institute of Changshu and the People’s Government of Changshu, as well as the hosts: Nanjing University, China Compliance Office for International Wetland Convention, International Association for Ecology, Ecological Society of China and Wetlands International, along with numerous supporters, including SWS. Read the Thank You letter to SWS, from Shuqing An of Nanjing University.

The Chinese press followed the convention avidly, and interviewed many speakers, including SWS members, Gillian Davies, Kim Ponzio, Jos Verhoeven, Jenny Davis, Chris Craft and William Mitsch. 

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News clips from the conference:
Opening Ceremony
Plenary Speech from William Mitsch 
Outstanding Wetland Scientist Awards
Wetland Cities Session
Jenny Davis Interview
Rural Wetland Session
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Closing CeremonyINTECOL Field Trip
Overview of INTECOL Conference

News articles about the conference:
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SWS awarded in Taiwan

October 3, 2016

The SWS Asia Chapter joined the 2016 International Wetland Convention in Taipei, Taiwan, on September 13 - 14 for its 2016 Annual Meeting. The meeting celebrated its theme, Wetlands: Our Common Wealth. SWS president, Gillian Davies signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Taiwan Construction and Planning Agency (CPA). SWS’s Gillian Davies, Kimberli Ponzio, James Perry, Marinus Otte, Ben LePage and Jos Verhoeven received Taiwan’s Wetland Conservation Honorable Advisors Award for exemplary achievements in wetlands fields from Lin Tsyr-Ling, Deputy Minister of the Interior. Gillian Davies gave opening remarks and James Perry and Marinus Otte presented keynote speeches.  

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Check out the photo album from the conference on our Facebook page.

New graduate research challenge on wetlands 

September 15, 2016

This new challenge for graduate-level students is an opportunity to use data from the National Wetland Condition Assessment to conduct scientific research and analysis. The Campus Research Challenge encourages participants to use the NWCA dataset on sources of stress to wetlands, and explore effective ways to reduce such stress to protect, sustain and restore the ecological health of the Nation’s wetlands. EPA encourages student applicants to work with their advisors and other faculty; and to consider how this work may also be incorporated into a thesis, a standalone project, journal articles, and/or presentations or posters at conferences.

EPA will award up to a total of $30,000, including a Grand Prize of $5,000 along with additional merit awards. Projects due by January 13, 2017. Learn more here.  

Luc Hoffmann, a life dedicated to nature conservation 

September 8, 2016

Luc Hoffmann, who passed away at age 93, was one of the last surviving greats in 20th-century nature conservation. As co-founder of the World Wildlife Fund, he helped turn conservation from a parochial, insular pursuit into a truly international movement. He was instrumental in developing the Ramsar Convention, which for the first time provided cross-border protection for wetlands. In 2004, Hoffmann received the INTECOL International Award for Wetland Conservation. Read more here

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Luc (Hans Lukas) Hoffmann: ecologist, conservationist, born 23 January 1923; died 21 July 2016.

CSC Review Team Extends Deadline for New Members 

The American Fisheries Society and the Human Dimensions Research Unit of Cornell University have been engaged by the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) to conduct 5-year reviews of the eight DOI Climate Science Centers (CSC). Information on the NCCWSC and CSC’s can be found at https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/. The deadline for potential members to conduct reviews for the Southwest CSC in Tucson, Arizona and the North Central CSC located in Fort Collins, Colorado has been extended until the end of September. Click here for the updated member solicitation.  

2016 ACES Conference in Jacksonville, FL

Check out the ACES conference this December 5-9 in Jacksonville! Register by October 14 to receive the Early Bird registration rate. Students can receive free registration and lodging when particiapting as a student volunteer. For more information, click here.  

Royal Gardner Receives 2016 Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy Award

Long-time SWS Member and Ramsar STRP Chair, Royal Gardner, and his institution, Stetson University, were awarded the American Bar Association’s 2016 Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy Award for their contributions to wetland, wildlife conservation and environmental issues around the world. Read more here

A New Article from Rebecca Heisman, the 2016 SWS Journalism Fellow

Click here to read Heisman's article, Going Hog Wild in the Marsh, about studying feral hogs' effects on salt marshes. Learn more about Rebecca here

2016 Meeting of the AIBS Council of Member Societies and Organizations 

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) Council of Member Societies and Organizations will be held on December 6, 2016 in Washington, D.C. To learn more, click here

Former SWS President, Frank Day, wins national award  

Former SWS President and Chair of the Human Diversity Committee, Dr. Frank Day, will be awarded the Commitment to Human Diversity in Ecology Award by the Ecological Society of America this summer. Here is the link to the official announcement from the ESA.

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SWS Europe endorses Lake Ohrid Day (21 June) 

June 17, 2016 — Lake Ohrid is the most ancient lake of Europe, located in Macedonia along the border of Albania. Since major disturbances to the lake have been minimal, it still exhibits excellent water quality and high biodiversity, including the presence of numerous endemic plants and animals. However, the Studenchishte Marsh, on the shores of Lake Ohrid is only a small remnant of the vast wetlands that once bordered the lake. This precious wetland is now threatened by plans to convert it into a tourist destination by building large tourism infrastructure. The characteristic status and important ecosystem services of this wetland were presented as a highlight during the annual meeting of SWS Europe in Potsdam, Germany in May 2016 by Dr. Nadezda Apostolova from Macedonia. She was the lead author on an article in SWS’s Wetland Science and Practice about this subject. SWS has also officially expressed its concern in letters to the responsible authorities at a regional and national level. In fact, these actions have received attention in the major national Newspaper Dnevnik and on Macedonian public radio. We endorse Lake Ohrid Day and pay tribute to Studenchishte Marsh today! Find out more about Lake Ohrid at: https://ohridsos.wordpress.com/

2016 SWS Annual Meeting Award winners announced 

See the news release about some of our most distingued SWS scientists honored in Corpus Christi.

Final 2016 National Wetland Plant List issued

Find the U.S Army Corps of Engineers updated 2016 National Wetland Plant List by clicking this link

Final National Wetland Condition Assessment report released

Read the final report of the 2011 National Wetland Condition Assessment on the state of wetlands in the United States here

Rebecca Heisman 2016 SWS Journalism Fellow's latest article

Learn more about Rebecca here. And click here to read Heisman's new article about the 2015 Indonesian fires.  

Clean Water Act Updates

Check out some interesting reads regarding updates on the Clean Water Act. Click here and here to read more. 

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Congratulations SWS member, K. Ramesh Reddy at the University of Florida, on receiving the 2016 National Wetlands Award for Science Research. For more than 40 years, he has led ground-breaking research on the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients in natural and managed wetland and aquatic ecosystems, particularly in the Florida Everglades. Click here for more information.

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Congratulations Dr. Wei- Ta Fang

Dr. Wei-Ta Fang, SWS Asia Chapter President, was awarded the designation of Visiting Research Fellow from the Director, Dr. Xingyuan He at the Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Changchun, China in March 2016.

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SWS Signs a Letter Related to the U.S. Senate Amendment on Forest Biofuels For Energy 

SWS was presented with a short turn-around opportunity from Dr. Bill Moomaw (IPCC author, a plenary speaker in Providence and a recent SWS webinar presenter on climate change and wetlands) to join other scientists and societies by signing onto a letter related to a U.S. Senate amendment concerning use of forest biofuels for energy. After review by the Executive Board, some fact checking and the addition of specific reference to wetlands, the letter was signed on behalf of SWS as well as individually by the EB members. We also invited our partners at CASS and ASWM to participate (3 organizations did so). A copy of the letter is attached and will be posted on the SWS website. One of the co-signers, Dr. Mary Booth from the Partnership for Policy Integrity, passed along an article which provides a good overview of the issue. We will continue to keep you updated as this issue progresses. In addition, we hope to have a few experts, some of whom are SWS members, draft a short white paper on this topic. Read the complete letter here.

If you are a U.S. resident, and feel like you’d like to weigh in on this issue, please feel free to use the attached letter template.

Court to Hear Case against Obama's Water Rule

A Cincinnati-based federal appeals court ruled Monday that it has the jurisdiction to hear numerous consolidated challenges to the Obama administration’s contentious water pollution rule. Read more.

EPA's ruling on the waters of the United States

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, President Obama rejected an attempt by congressional Republicans to overturn his landmark regulation asserting federal power over small bodies of water. The EPA's rule, dubbed the Clean Water Rule would ensure that water used for drinking, recreation, economic development and other purposes is kept safe. Read more. 

 

 

 

 

 

Wonders of Wetlands inspires students
In October, the SWS Western Chapter sponsored an event, Wonders of Wetlands, in Bay Point, California, that included hands-on, wetland-related educational activities for Riverview Middle-schoolers. Exhibits included mallard taxidermy and a make-your-own-wetland activity. Read more here:

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