updated 29 May 2007
J. Niemi is the 2007 recipient of the International Joint Commission’s
Biennial Award for Great Lakes Science
Index of environmental condition for US
Great Lakes coastal watersheds
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National Wetlands Award
The Society of Wetland Scientists is proud
to announce that SWS Vice-President Barbara Bedford and member Tom
Foti are among this year's recipients of National Wetlands Awards cosponsored
by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and six federal agencies.
Dr. Bedford received
the Science Research Award for her program on wetland conservation
and management, and Mr. Foti received the State, Tribal, and Local
Award for his efforts on behalf of natural areas in Arkansas. ELI's
National Wetlands Awards are highly competitive, and receiving one
is truly a prestigious event. Our congratulations to Dr. Bedford
and Mr. Fot!
STAR Grantee Honored for Work in the Great Lakes
EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grantee has been named the
first recipient of the International Joint Commission (IJC) Biennial
Award for Great Lakes Science. Dr. Jan Ciborowski, a professor
at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, was honored for
his role in the U.S.-Canadian effort to restore and maintain the
chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Great Lakes.
Ciborowski was particularly cited for his work in the restoration
of Lake Erie, where he is helping policymakers on both sides of
the border make critical decisions regarding cleanup of the lake.
The IJC assists the United States and Canada in implementing the
Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
is truly a collaborative award", said Dr. Ciborowski. "It
reflects an effort involving many people to restore and protect
the magnificent international resources of these lakes."
Ciborowski's STAR grant work includes assessing indicators of
ecological health in the Great Lakes coastal region, using fish
and invertebrates as environmental barometers. To date, he has
taken samples from 67 sites across five geographic areas ranging
from bays to river-related wetlands. A key project goal is to
recommend sets of indicators for specific ecological situations
in the region, a research approach under EPA's Estuarine and Great
Lakes Indicators Program (EaGLe).
Canadian researcher is also participating in a STAR project to
classify Great Lakes ecosystems and determine how biological conditions
differ between degraded units of a classification and those units
relatively untouched by human activity. He and his team have already
developed an inventory of wetlands, embayments, and other features
on the U.S. side of the Great Lakes Basin and are now summarizing
the various uses of each river-influenced (riverine) wetland to
identify those that are least disturbed.
Ciborowski is with the Department of Biological Sciences and the
Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University
of Windsor. He is also Co-Director of the Lake Erie Millennium
Network, which is assessing the Lake's ecosystem health. Dr. Ciborowski
received his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Alberta in
Annual SETAC Meeting - Nov 9-13, 2003; Austin TX
This meeting focuses on interdisciplinary or integrated research
relating aquatic toxicology with ecosystem indicator research.
Of particular interest are projects linking physiologic, genetic,
and cellular responses with population- and ecosystem-level responses,
studies relating toxicant bioavailability with health of aquatic
plants and animals, and research that informs the development
of ecosystem indicators for specific aquatic habitats.