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Hamilton Named Inaugural Fellow of Water Science Group

Stephen Hamilton

Stephen K. Hamilton, a Michigan State University professor of ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry, was named an inaugural fellow of the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS).

The SFS is an international scientific organization that promotes further understanding of freshwater ecosystems — rivers, streams, wetlands and lakes — and ecosystems at the interface between aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Hamilton, who received the society’s Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015, is being recognized for his contributions to promoting public appreciation of freshwater science through education and outreach.

“I feel honored and humbled to be included in this inauguration of SFS Fellows,” said Hamilton, associate director of MSU’s W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) and a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology in MSU’s College of Natural Science. “This is a group of scientists that includes many people I have admired throughout my career as leaders in the field of freshwater science.”

Hamilton’s research interests focus on ecology and biogeochemistry, and he has studied surface waters throughout the world as well as Michigan’s agricultural landscapes and their effects on water and climate. Since 2006, Hamilton has led the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council in Michigan and often interacts with the public and policymakers. He served as an independent advisor to the EPA following the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill, the nation’s largest inland oil spill, and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee on the environmental effects of diluted bitumen oil spills.

Hamilton, who joined MSU in 1995, has more recently conducted research on ecology and sustainability of crop production for food and biofuel, and leads the KBS Long-term Ecological Research Program funded by the National Science Foundation.

”This is a well-deserved honor and recognition for Steve’s  research on river and watershed systems across the globe and his commitment to increasing public understanding of the value of these systems to the communities around them,” said Kay Gross, KBS director.

Hamilton also has conducted research in a variety of floodplain and river ecosystems of Brazil, Venezuela and Australia. Presently, he works with research groups in Brazil on hydropower effects in river systems. He just completed a sabbatical leave working with researchers at Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service to study the impacts of reservoir drawdowns for salmon management in Oregon.

  • via the College of Natural Science website

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