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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

MARCH 10, 2021 — The Society for Freshwater Science is pleased to announce the honorees of three Career Awards. 

“Our Career Awards recognize outstanding contributions in advancing freshwater science through research, translating this science into policy or social action, and service to SFS,” said Dr. Alonso Ramirez, president of the Society. “These three scholars and leaders have all exhibited excellence in their varied contributions to our field around the world.” 

The 2021 Career Award winners are: 

  • Award of Excellence: Chuck Hawkins. The Award of Excellence honors someone who has made outstanding contributions to freshwater science. The scope of the award reflects the broad interests and expertise exhibited in the Society. Hawkins is a Professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University (USU) and Co-Director of the USU/Bureau of Land Management National Aquatic Monitoring Center. Chuck’s productive research career captures a wide breadth of topics from examining the fundamental ecology of organisms to predicting how freshwater ecosystems will adjust to climate change at continental scales. He was elected to the SFS Fellows in 2018 and currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Freshwater Science. Chuck’s contributions to research on freshwater ecosystems, aquatic bioassessment, and leadership across freshwater science will impact current and future generations of freshwater scientists for years to come.
  • Environmental Stewardship Award: Mary Freeman. The Environmental Stewardship Award recognizes someone who has worked successfully to translate scientific knowledge into the social/public arena. Freeman is a research ecologist with the US Geological Survey and is dedicated to communication and connection with water managers and stakeholders. This focus has helped lead holistic management and conservation strategies for rivers in the United States and abroad.
  • Hynes Award for New Investigators: Rafael Almeida. The Hynes Award honors a freshwater scientist who was senior author of an outstanding primary publication that appeared in print in the last three calendar years. Almeida is a sustainability scientist motivated by the challenge of providing energy and food to a growing human population in a fast-changing world. In a recent publication, Rafael and co-authors used a multi-objective optimization framework to demonstrate that low-carbon expansion of hydropower in the Amazon basin relies on strategically selecting future dam sites. 

More about the Career Awards and the 2021 awardees can be found at 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 

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