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SFS Announces 2021 Leadership Election Results

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) is honored to announce the results of its 2021 leadership elections. The Society is an international scientific organization whose purpose is to promote further understanding of freshwater ecosystems and ecosystems at the interface between aquatic and terrestrial habitats. The Society fosters the exchange of scientific information among the membership, and with other professional societies, resource managers, policymakers, educators, and the public.

Members of the SFS voted virtually, including students, general members, and emeritus members; the results are as follows:

President: Steve Thomas, PhD. Thomas is a Professor in the School of Natural Resources at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He focuses on river and stream ecology and has previously served in a range of leadership roles in the Society. Thomas will serve as President-Elect for one year beginning this month until he assumes leadership in May 2022.

Treasurer: Peter Levi, PhD. Levi is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Sustainability at Drake University. Levi has served in various roles in the Society, including on the Finance Committee.

Academic Representative: Lauren Kinsman-Costello, PhD. Kinsman-Costello is an Assistant Professor in Kent State University’s Biological Sciences Department and has been a member of the Society since 2008.

Early Career Representative: Ann Marie Reinhold, PhD. Reinhold is a hydroecologist and interdisciplinary scientist who hopes to welcome a broader spectrum of freshwater science careers into the Society. 

The Society is excited to welcome these accomplished individuals into their new leadership roles, with terms set to commence upon the conclusion of the SFS annual meeting in May.

“It is an honor to have been elected as president of the Society for Freshwater Science,” said Thomas. “I have been enamored by rivers and streams since spending my childhood along the St. Lawrence River. I look forward to working toward growing our Society into a truly international community by finding new ways of engaging with freshwater scientists across the globe. In this process, I will continue to champion our commitment to a culture of inclusion, as called for in our 2020-2025 strategic plan, to elevate and expand the reach of our society.”

The Society for Freshwater Science is a premier international organization for aquatic scientists and anyone interested in freshwater science. For more about the Society for Freshwater Science, visit