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CELS alum leads the field in collaborative science, receives distinguished achievement award

Aram_calhoun2When Dr. Aram Calhoun, Professor of Wetland Ecology at the University of Maine, Orono, first arrived at the University of Rhode Island’s College of the Environment and Life Sciences (CELS) in 1987, she found herself knee deep in wetland ecology; Calhoun was literally standing in a wetland, one of Rhode Island’s many red maple swamps.

“It was a visceral approach to wetland ecology,” Calhoun recalls of her classes with renowned CELS wetland scientist Dr. Frank Golet. In Golet’s class, she and the other Wetland Ecology graduate students in the Department of Natural Resources Science jumped from hummock to hummock (the small mounds of earth that rise above the water in a wetland) immersing themselves in the learning experience. “I just couldn’t get enough of it; I loved it,” remembers Calhoun.

Decades later, Calhoun is a leading wetland scientist being honored with URI’s Distinguished Achievement Award, one of the University’s highest honors, for her work protecting wetlands in Maine….[Read More]

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