Distinguished Service Award
Susan B. Norton - 2017
Dr. Susan B. Norton is the recipient of the 2017 Society for Freshwater Science Distinguished Service Award. She is a senior ecologist with the U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development in the National Center for Environmental Assessment.
Sue is enthusiastic about science, its application to policy and management, and how those issues can be shared and communicated through SFS, where she has a long history of membership and service. She conducted workshops on Stressor Identification at the 2004 Vancouver meeting, and the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting. She served on the Technical Issues Committee as a member from 2005-2009, and as Chair from 2007-2009. She also served on the Environmental Stewardship Award Committee. Sue served for 3 terms as SFS Secretary, served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, and she also graciously filled in for Mike Swift as Treasurer in 2009 while he was out of the country.
Sue excelled in her role as Secretary, reflecting her high level of competence, her strong motivation to see everything done well and on time, and her incredibly pleasant and unsinkable personality, which has allowed Sue to work effectively with all manner of other personalities. Sue's commitment to the growth and development of SFS, and her willingness to collaborate with others to reach our goals are hallmarks of her involvement in SFS at every level. Sue managed to make the job look easy, no matter the substantial challenges, efforts, and stresses that attended it! The Society has benefited from her keen intelligence, professional approach, and deep institutional knowledge, and we are pleased to present her with this award as a token of our appreciation.