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SFS Announces 2024 Leadership Election Results

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Entrekin elected President of the Society for Freshwater Science

Griffiths will serve as Vice-President; Akamagwuna, Hood, and Levi elected to three-year terms

May 15, 2024 — The Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) today announced that its members have chosen Sally Entrekin to serve as SFS President in the Society’s 2024 Leadership Election.

“As President of the Society for Freshwater Science, I will aim to facilitate relationships within and among scientific stakeholders that can help lead to positive transformation,” Entrekin said. “I'm so excited and privileged to partner with Natalie Griffiths as Vice President. We will strive to continue the positive momentum that sustains and builds an impactful SFS.”

Sally Entrekin is an Associate Professor of Aquatic Entomology at Virginia Tech, where she mentors students in research, teaches Aquatic Entomology and Freshwater Biomonitoring, and works collaboratively with colleagues established through a co-teaching program at ITESO in Guadalajara, Mexico, the GEER foundation in Gujarat, India, and the Virginia Tech Global Change Center. Her work aims to understand how people impact freshwater quality, quantity, and macroinvertebrate community structure and function.

Entrekin has been elected to serve a three-year term: as President-Elect in 2024–25, President in 2025–26, and Past President in 2026–27. She has previously served SFS in a variety of leadership roles, including two terms as Secretary, and on several committees, including Environmental Stewardship, Publications, Membership, and Elections and Place. Entrekin has appointed Natalie Grfiffiths, Research Staff Member in the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to serve alongside her as SFS Vice-President

SFS members have also elected the following individuals to serve three-year terms in leadership roles:

Frank Akamagwuna, Early Career Representative — Akamagwuna is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Alabama's Center for Freshwater Studies in the Biological Sciences Department.

Jim Hood, Academic Representative — Hood is an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology and the Translational Data Analytics Institute.

Peter Levi, Treasurer — Levi is Associate Director of Inland Lakes Research in the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation at Northland College. He will serve a second three-year term as SFS Treasurer.

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The Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) is a premier international organization of aquatic scientists. Our members study freshwater organisms, biotic communities, physical processes that affect ecosystem function, linkages between freshwater ecosystems and surrounding landscapes, habitat and water quality assessment, conservation and restoration. SFS fosters the exchange of scientific information among its membership, and with other professional societies, resource managers, policymakers, educators, and the public.