The South Atlantic Chapter (SAC) provides several monetary awards to graduate, undergraduate, and minority students whose research pertains to wetland science or management, including research grants as well as travel awards to various annual meetings. Student awardees can be enrolled in either a public or private university located within the South Atlantic Chapter's region.
Travel Awards to the 2018 SWS Annual Meeting
The South Atlantic Chapter will offer three (3) $500 student travel awards to support graduate students who are presenting wetland research at the SWS Annual Meeting. The students must be SWS members who are enrolled in a public or private university, located within the South Atlantic Chapter’s region, and must have submitted an abstract for the 2018 Annual Meeting. Not an SWS member yet? Join today! To apply for a travel award, send your abstract to William Conner (email@example.com) by March 31, 2018. The Chapter’s Travel Awards and Executive Committee will judge the applicants based on the scientific quality and importance of their research, as described in their abstract. The award recipients must be present to receive their award at the Chapter’s business meeting, held during the SWS Annual Meeting.
Travel Awards to the GERS & SWS-SAC/SCC Joint Fall 2016 Meeting
Travel awards were granted to students (graduate and undergraduate) to help defray the costs associated with travel and participation in the GERS-SWS meeting.
Kyle Dittmer, University of Central Florida
Kyle collects samples in Orlando Wetlands Park to examine temperature effects on greenhouse gas production along a nutrient gradient.
Havalend Steinmuller, Louisiana State University
Havalend observes the impacts of salinity and soil type on the potential release of nutrients from freshwater wetland soils.
Eunice Yarney, University of Florida
Eunice evaluates whether Irrigation Drainage Tile irrigation and drainage could reduce soil salinity as compared to conventional seepage irrigation and drainage.
Student Research Grants for the SWS Annual Meeting
The SAC offers two, $750 student research grants to graduate or undergraduate students conducting research in wetland science and who are enrolled in an accredited college or university in the SAC region (Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands).
Please visit the SWS Student Research Grants webpage for application instructions.
2017 Grant Winners:
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
University of Georgia
I am broadly interested in the role that vegetation plays in mediating population dynamics in species with dual habitat requirements, particularly when these habitats are managed differentially. My current research focuses on examining how forest succession and restoration affect threatened amphibians across wetland-to-upland habitat within the longleaf pine ecosystem. As part of a collaborative project, I will be examining the performance of larval and juvenile amphibians before and after restoration of longleaf pine wetlands which have succeed due to fire suppression. Findings from this research will inform the management, restoration, and conservation of longleaf pine wetlands and the species that rely on them.
Environmental Engineering Sciences
University of Florida
My dissertation research is focused on the transport and fate of contaminants in coastal food webs. Using experimental and analytical approaches, I study how pathways for Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) biomagnification shift as predators undergo ontogenetic development. To do so, I study how age, prey network structure, and trophic position of red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) influence their rate of PCB accumulation in Southeastern Georgia estuaries.
Travel Awards to the SWS 2015 Annual Meeting/Conferences
Travel Awards to Chapter Meetings & Other Conferences
- SAC Award Winners to Chapter Meetings and Other Conferences
- SAC Award Winners to ASB Meetings (no longer available)