Gillian Davies, PWS, SSSSNE, NHCWS, CESSWI, the New President-Elect of the International Society of Wetland Scientists

BSC is proud to announce that Gillian Davies, PWS, SSSSNE, NHCWS, CESSWI has been elected to serve as President-Elect of the international Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), a leading international professional organization promoting understanding, conservation, scientifically based management, and sustainable use of wetlands throughout the world. Gillian previously served as President of the Society’s New England chapter, a position she must give up to serve as international President-Elect for the 6/2015-6/2016 term, and President for the 6/2016-6/2017 term.

Ms. Davies is a senior wetland/soil scientist in BSC Group’s Worcester office, who has been working in wetland science since 1991. She is well-known in the industry for her work in the field of climate adaptation, where she has served on the MA Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs (EEA) Adaptation Subcommittee to the Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Advisory Committee, as well as serving as Chair of the Inland Wetlands Adaptation Subcommittee to the Natural Resources and Habitat Subcommittee to the EEA Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee. In this capacity, she was a contributing author to the Massachusetts Climate Adaptation Report (2011). Additionally, Ms. Davies is the Chair of the SWS 2015 Annual Meeting Program Committee. The theme for this international meeting, being held from May 31 to June 4 in Providence, RI, is: Changing Climate. Changing Wetlands. World-leading experts will present latest research findings on the role that wetlands play in the global carbon cycle, how they are affected by our changing climate, and how they can provide adaptation services.

The Society of Wetland Scientists was formed in 1980 by Richard Macomber, a biologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Board of Rivers and Harbors. From its inception, the SWS has been notable for providing a forum for scientists and managers to meet and work together. Today, SWS has nearly 3,000 members in more than 60 countries with members in governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, academia and private consulting.

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