Emily Stanley Awarded the 2018 G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award


Emily Stanley

Emily Stanley, professor at the Center for Limnology and department of Integrative Biology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is the 2018 recipient of the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography.
The G. Evelyn Hutchinson award honors a limnologist or oceanographer who has made considerable contributions to knowledge, and whose future work promises a continued legacy of scientific excellence. Stanley is being recognized for her outstanding contributions to the understanding of the roles hydrology and the biogeochemistry of nitrogen and carbon play in lake and stream ecology, Stanley will be presented the award at the ASLO Summer Meeting in Victoria, British Columbia in June 2018.
Stanley has consistently pushed scientists to look beyond traditional physical and disciplinary boundaries of freshwater research. Her early research explored the linkages between stream nutrient dynamics, sediment transport, large-scale geomorphic changes and dam removal – research that provided critical data to natural resource managers.
More recently, Stanley played a leading role in improving the understanding of carbon dioxide and methane production in flowing waters and its potential to contribute to the global carbon cycles. Early work published by Stanley and her students in 2013 and 2014 provided some of the first evidence that streams can be an important source of methane and that hydrologic connectivity plays an important role in the carbon cycle. Stanley’s 2016 review paper which synthesized the relevant published data on this topic proposed a future research agenda to address data gaps and biases in existing literature and has been praised by colleagues as an important contribution to the field.
Stanley’s influence in freshwater research extends far beyond her own lab. As Principal Investigator at the North Temperate Lakes Long-Term Ecological Research (NTL-LTER) site, she provides strong leadership to a large team of NTL-LTER researchers, formulating research questions and field studies in northern Wisconsin’s Vilas County.
“Throughout her career, Emily has probed the boundaries of freshwater science to discover new linkages between systems and concepts,” says ASLO President Linda Duguay. “She is a productive and highly cited researcher who has already contributed greatly to our discipline. Hutchinson asked that this award be given to individuals who promise a ‘continued legacy of scientific excellence.’ Emily Stanley is certainly one such individual and we are pleased to honor her work with the 2018 Hutchinson Award.”

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