The Dutchess County, New York, chapter of Ducks Unlimited presented its annual conservation award to Dr. Stuart E.G. Findlay, an aquatic ecologist with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. The award was presented on September 24, 2016, during the chapter’s fourth annual Great Swamp Shoot and Conservation Program on Tamarack Preserve in Millbrook, New York. Findlay has conducted research on the Hudson River ecosystem for more than 18 years. He is interested in watershed restoration issues and making scientific information more useful for ecosystem management.
"Ducks Unlimited is honored to recognize Dr. Findlay as we work toward conserving wetlands for waterfowl, other wildlife, and people," said Stancy DuHamel, Dutchess County chapter founder and member.
Findlay and his fellow researchers have brought in nearly $1 million in research grants for the Cary Institute. Findlay, who is active in several organizations, is a board member for the Society for Freshwater Science, a member of the Hudson River Estuary Management Advisory Committee, and editor in chief of Aquatic Sciences.
"Ducks Unlimited is widely acknowledged in the science community for its work on preserving wetlands through a variety of mechanisms," Findlay said. "I am honored to receive this award and am looking forward to working with DU to conserve these precious habitats.