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Take advantage of your SWS membership by participating in outstanding educational
opportunities without leaving your desk!

SWS is pleased to provide a webinar series on wetland science topics of interest. The convenience and flexibility of SWS webinars enables you to educate one or a large number of employees at once, reduce travel expenses and maintain consistent levels of productivity by eliminating time out of the office.

The mission statement of the Webinar Program is to facilitate the exchange of scientific, management, and policy information concerning wetlands in an electronic format and to enable regular exchange across a wide geographic area in a relatively low-cost, interactive and multimedia way. This is expected to foster the international scope and visibility of SWS, while providing a forum of professional exchange and collaboration.

Webinar registration is complimentary to all SWS members. Certificates of completion, worth one hour of participation, are available upon request; please contact Kara Miller at kmiller@sws.org, if interested.  If you're unable to participate in the live webinar, all webinars will be recorded and archived for complimentary viewing by members on our Past Webinars page. 

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Webinars on YouTube

The SWS Webinar Committee is excited to announce that our free webinar recordings are now available on the SWS YouTube channel! Now, SWS supporters around the world can watch the webinars with subtitles in their native language.

Watch webinars with subtitles

To view the webinars with subtitles, click the “CC” button in the bottom, right-hand corner of the video. You can change the language of the subtitles by clicking on the settings button in the bottom, right-hand corner and going to subtitles/CC > auto-translate > and choosing the language of your choice.

Here's what our members are saying...

"Thank you presenters and thank you SWS for hosting this. It is a great SWS membership benefit." - Kurt Kowalski, Ann Arbor, MI

"Excellent coverage of fascinating topics for wetland scientists!" - Ellen Hartig, New York, NY

Upcoming SWS Webinars

May 17, 2018
1:00 p.m. EDT

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Roy C. Messaros, Ph.D., PWS, CFM
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District

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Julie Nieset
Illinois Natural History Survey

Wetlands of Distinction - What is it and how to apply? - postponed

The Society of Wetland Scientists launched its Wetlands of Distinction (WoD) initiative to showcase high quality wetlands, those with exemplary ecosystem services, across the United States (and in the future around the world). This webinar is intended to illustrate what the WoD website is and the process for submitting applications for consideration. We are currently in a reference collection phase and are seeking applications for wetlands that have already been deemed as special, rare, and/or unique by state agencies or organizations. The Society of Wetland Scientists launched its Wetlands of Distinction (WoD) initiative to showcase high quality wetlands, those with exemplary ecosystem services, across the United States (and in the future around the world). This webinar is intended to illustrate what the WoD website is and the process for submitting applications for consideration. We are currently in a reference collection phase and are seeking applications for wetlands that have already been deemed as special, rare, and/or unique by state agencies or organizations. Wetlands of Distinction goals include:

  • Increasing public awareness and appreciation of wetlands and their many human and environmental benefits.
  • Identifying and cataloging high-quality wetlands, wetlands of high human-environmental importance, and unique wetlands.
  • Engaging the public including academics, educators, outdoor enthusiasts, and others in wetland science and geography, using the interactive Wetlands of Distinction website: www.wetlandsofdistinction.org.
  • Creating a national, high quality, wetland database that includes site-specific information about wetland ecosystem services, ecology, biology, soils, conservation status, and accessibility.
  • Increasing protection of our most important and distinctive wetlands, and in turn protection of common wetlands.

Since 2004, Roy Messaros has worked with the coastal and hydraulic engineering teams at the U.S. Corps of Engineers in support of flood damage reduction studies, beach nourishment, and tidal wetland restoration and mitigation projects. He performs hydraulic modeling for flood damage reduction projects using HEC-RAS software and reviews technical documents and develop plans and specifications for coastal and ecosystem mitigation and restoration projects. Roy received his Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Julie Nieset is currently a Wetland Plant Ecologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign.  Prior to this she worked in environmental consulting, organic farm inspecting and environmental education.  She has been a regional coordinator of the SWS Wetlands of Distinction program in the North Central Chapter region since its inception, and is currently President of the SWS North Central Chapter.  Nieset has an M.S. degree in Biology from the University of Akron, Ohio.

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 ASWM Webinars

Interested in viewing more webinars? Visit the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) webinar's page to access free webinars. These webinars focus on various topics, mostly relating to a specific project or work group. To learn more please click here.