CLEMSON — Clemson University professor of forestry and natural resources William Conner was honored with the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) Presidential Service Award at the society’s annual conference June 4 in Duluth, Minn.    

The award recognizes members who have made significant contributions by promoting the goals of the society in efforts that extend above and beyond their duties as teachers, researchers and administrators.

Conner was chosen for his myriad roles and contributions to the society, including being vice president of the South Central Chapter in 1988-1989; secretary general in 2008-2011; and associate editor of Wetlands, the journal of the Society of Wetland Scientists, from 1996 to 1998.

“It’s always a great honor to be recognized for the work you do,” said Conner, who was named a Felloow of the society in 2007. “While you don’t do the work for the recognition, it’s great that my fellow scientists want to recognize me. I hope to be able to give many more years to SWS.”

Conner has organized and co-chaired for several conferences and symposiums since joining the society in 1983. He also will be chairman of several future projects. 

Conner is assistant director of Clemson’s Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science in Georgetown, which conducts research and education programs focused on the ecology and management of the natural resources of the coastal region of South Carolina.

The Society of Wetland Scientists was formed in 1980 to promote scientific wetland stewardship, education, policy and research. It has approximately 3,600 members worldwide. 


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