The Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) has honored two University of Notre Dame faculty members, Gary Lamberti and Jennifer Tank, from the Department of Biological Sciences, with the 2022 SFS Career Awards.
Presented annually, the SFS Career Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of freshwater science through research, translating that science into policy or social action and service to society.
Lamberti, the Rev. Julius A. Nieuwland, CSC, college professor of aquatic science and director of the Stream and Wetland Ecology Laboratory at Notre Dame, received the society’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award honors Lamberti’s significant advances in understanding many areas of freshwater science, including the role of species interactions in shaping food web structure and function in water courses. water and wetlands, the ecology and ecosystem effects of Pacific salmon in their native and introduced ranges, and the impacts of land-use change, emerging contaminants and invasive species on aquatic ecosystems.
Lamberti’s research over the past 40 years has advanced the fundamental understanding of a wide range of freshwater ecosystems at multiple scales. Additionally, he co-edited Methods in Stream Ecology, a landmark contribution for students, teachers, researchers, and practitioners of stream ecology worldwide. Lamberti has over 200 publications and has mentored 30 graduate students and countless undergraduates in his lab.
“I am humbled and honored to receive recognition from this global society and its members, and I give full credit to Notre Dame and my wonderful students, colleagues and family who have supported and nurtured my career over the years,” Lamberti said.
Tank, Ludmilla F., Stephen J., and Robert T. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, received the Environmental Stewardship Award in recognition of her work to translate scientific knowledge into the public arena .
Tank’s contributions have advanced the understanding of the ecology and biogeochemistry of watercourses impacted by agriculture, ultimately influencing and guiding watercourse management and conservation.
In addition to being a leader in the biogeochemical scientific community, she has been actively involved with the agriculture and conservation sectors, including through her recent project, the Indiana Watershed Initiative, which focuses on State’s Active Lands to monitor the impacts of planting winter cover crops and restoring floodplains with two-stage ditches on water quality in the agricultural Midwest.
With its collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach as a framework for pursuing science that matters, Tank is at the forefront of translational ecology. His work aims to find win-win solutions that reduce nutrient runoff while maintaining productive, profitable agriculture that can feed the world.
Lamberti and Tank have contributed significantly to the SFS through scientific leadership, services, and contributions to basic and applied freshwater science. Notably, Lamberti served as an SFS resident in 1997 and Tank served in 2019 in the same capacity. Both are also SFS scholars.
“It has been a pleasure to contribute to Notre Dame’s long-standing strength in freshwater ecology, which has supported my involvement with the SFS as it has grown into a thriving international society,” Tank said. “Being nominated by my former graduate students makes this award even more meaningful.”
The 2022 Career Award winners will be officially recognized at the SFS Annual Meeting on May 18 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.