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Wetland Ambassadors Graduate Research Fellowship

SWS is pleased to announce the availability of two to three Wetland Ambassadors Graduate Research Fellowships for the Summer of 2018. The fellowships will provide the opportunity for a graduate student to travel to another country and conduct groundbreaking wetland research with some of the world’s top wetland research scientists.


  1. Currently be enrolled in a M.S. or Ph.D. program related to wetland science (e.g. biology, environmental science, environmental engineering, etc.).
  2. Be proficient in the English language.
  3. Be in good academic standing and demonstrate interest in wetland science.
  4. Not have previously been awarded a Wetland Ambassador Graduate Research Fellowship.


  1. General personal and demographic information
  2. Academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  3. 1 letter of recommendation (not from family member, or current graduate research advisor)
  4. 2 brief essays
  5. Deliverables agreement (delineates responsibilities of fellow, if awarded)

Research Mentors

Before applying, all applicants must read through the official 2018 list of Research Mentors and determine their top three choices of mentor if chosen as a Wetland Ambassador. Applicants can also contact potential mentors with any questions prior to applying. View the full list of 2018 Research Mentors that includes their project proposals and contact information.

Research Mentor Geographic Location Email Address
Karin Kettenring Utah State University, Utah, USA  karin.kettenring@usu.edu
Peter Macreadie Deakin University, Victoria, Australia  p.macreadie@deakin.edu.au
Joy Marburger Purdue University Northwest, Indiana, USA  jmarburg@frontier.com
Tariq Munir University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada  tmmunir@ucalgary.ca
Marinus Otte North Dakota State University, North Dakota, USA  marinus.otte@ndus.edu
Karen Vaughan University of Wyoming, Wyoming, USA  karen.vaughan@uwyo.edu
Hsiao Wen-Wang National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan  whw82@mail.ncku.edu.tw


To apply for the fellowship, applicants must complete all materials at the below application website by Friday, January 12th at 11:59pm ESTPlease contact Dr. Bianca Wentzell at Bianca.m.pier@gmail.com if you have any questions about the program.

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2017 Wetland Ambassador 

Our Wetland Ambassador, Amr Keshta, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Science (MEES) program at University of Maryland, USA. He completed his Master’s degree in the field of Environmental Science at Tanta University in Egypt in 2011. He will be carrying out his Wetland Ambassador fellowship at the University of Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany under the mentorship of Dr. Kai Jensen.

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Amr Keshta is passionate about studying carbon cycling in wetlands, wetland biogeochemistry, sediment dynamics, soil carbon stocks, wetland hydrodynamics, climate change, and wetland restoration. His graduate research involves the application of remote sensing tools to aid in the prediction of the impact of sea level rise on coastal wetlands. He also studies greenhouse gas emissions and their global impact on coastal wetlands and wildlife habitats. The title of his Wetland Ambassador fellowship project is “Sediment dynamics and hydrology in natural and restored tidal freshwater wetlands across continents.” 

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