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Environmental Stewardship

Environmental Stewardship Award

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Jeremy Monroe - 2018

Jeremy Monroe is the 2018 recipient of the Society for Freshwater Science Environmental Stewardship Award. Jeremy has dedicated his career to taking the public below the water’s surface – either with mask and snorkel or through the power of his documentary storytelling and stunning imagery. He is the founder and executive director of Freshwaters Illustrated, a non-profit organization that educates a diverse public audience about the beauty and conservation of freshwater ecosystems through illustrative science-based resources including films, photographs and workshops. 

As director of Freshwaters Illustrated, Jeremy has created a number of award-winning films and videos about freshwater biodiversity, science, and conservation. His first film, RiverWebs, tells the story of collaboration between Japanese and American stream ecologists. This award-winning documentary has been broadcast to more than 100,000,000 homes on Public Broadcasting System, shown at the largest film festivals in the US and Canada, and continues to educate students throughout the world in classrooms ranging from middle school to graduate school. His moving story of Native Americans and Pacific lamprey, his Hidden Rivers project, his work in southeastern rivers, and his new project in the Great Basin and Colorado River continue to expand his influence on citizens and inform decision makers across a diverse aquatic landscape. 

The hallmark of Jeremy’s award-winning films has been his use of extraordinary videography of freshwater organisms and ecosystems and his keen translation of our scientific understanding. In addition to exploring unknown landscapes under water, his films reveal to viewers the true process of science and the unique perspective of the freshwater scientist. As a result, Jeremy has not only touched millions of people with his images, he has also inspired the Society for Freshwater Science community to draw closer together, take pride in our work, and take the bold step of reaching out to public audiences with our research findings. Truly a pioneer in freshwater storytelling, Jeremy’s devotion to celebrating the life below the surface is cultivating new discourse in the way many view the world’s rivers, lakes and wetlands. Freshwaters Illustrated embodies a powerful form of environmental stewardship by inspiring new generations of children, educating and motivating entire communities, informing the public and decision makers, and translating the work of freshwater scientists into something of pure beauty that can be easily embraced by the general public. 

About the Award

Recipient of the SFS ESA will be a Society member or non-member who has worked successfully to translate scientific knowledge into the social/public arena. This may occur in the policy arena via regulatory reform that requires or enables consideration of biological conditions (e.g., biological assessment or criteria), in the research arena via ecosystem rehabilitation or aquatic conservation, or in the educational arena via public outreach in science education. Successful candidates for this award must have demonstrated exceptional service in activities that implemented conservation or rehabilitation of aquatic ecosystems; developed a strategy to conserve, rehabilitate, or ecologically manage aquatic ecosystems; or advanced our science as the basis for making informed decisions regarding management of aquatic resources. Submit your nominations using the SFS Awards Nomination Portal linked at the top of this page.


2004 Susan K. Jackson

2005  James R. Karr

2006 Bob Hughes

2007 Ben Stout

2008 David Penrose

2009 Chris O. Yoder

2010 William Hilsenoff

2011 Susan P. Davies

2012 Jerry Jacobi

2013 J. Bruce Wallace

2014 Michael T. Barbour

2015 Stephen K. Hamilton

2016 Jim Harrington

2017 David Lenat

2018 Jeremy Monroe