Lincoln, Neb. —Steve Thomas, a river and stream ecologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s School of Natural Resources, has been chosen to serve as the next president of the Society for Freshwater Science.
“It is an honor to have been elected as president of the Society for Freshwater Science,” Thomas said. “I have been enamored by rivers and streams since spending my childhood along the St. Lawrence River.”
The society states that its purpose “is to promote further understanding of freshwater ecosystems (rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries) and ecosystems at the interface between aquatic and terrestrial habitats (wetlands, bogs, fens, riparian forests, and grasslands).”
Members share best practices and new research with others in the organization, as well as with professionals, resource managers, policymakers, educators and the public through annual meetings and various publications, including their peer reviewed journal, Freshwater Science.
Thomas’ research focuses on how the flow of water links upstream and downstream habitats and how ecological interactions propagate from one location to another.
Thomas, who has served in several leadership roles with the Society for Freshwater Sciences, will serve as president-elect this coming year and become president in May 2022.
“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,” Thomas said. “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.”