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Forest Service Ecologist Susan Adams receives the 2019 Jim Sedell Research Achievement Award

August 19, 2019

Asheville, NC — USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station scientist Susan Adams is the recipient of the 2019 Jim Sedell Research Achievement Rise to the Future Award. The award was presented in June during the Forest Service’s Rise to the Future (RTTF) awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Susan Adams smelling a flower

Susan Adams. (Courtesy photo by Elaine Gelbard)

The RTTF awards recognizes outstanding individual and group achievements by natural resource professionals in the Forest Service, as well as partners in the fisheries, hydrology, soil, and air programs. Adams was recognized for her contribution to a vast array of diverse publications that have greatly increased our knowledge of various warmwater fish, coldwater fish, crayfish, and amphibians related to land management activities.

The Jim Sedell Research Achievement award honors science leadership, accomplishment, and intellectual curiosity contributing to freshwater ecology, fisheries and watershed management. Weaves new knowledge, discovery or synthesis into watershed research, more fully developing the story of why we should care about aquatic resources.

Adams is a research aquatic ecologist with the Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research (CBHR) located in Oxford, MS, and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi.

“Throughout my career, I have valued and admired Jim Sedell’s research on fish conservation and aquatic ecology, so it is a great honor to receive an award bearing his name,” said Adams. “I can only hope that my research makes a fraction of the impact on land management and conservation that his research has made. Also, working in the southeastern U.S., the center of the nation’s aquatic biodiversity, I am grateful that the award recognizes the importance of research into warmwater ecosystems and crayfish ecology.”

Adams’ research is directed towards quantifying the effects of land management and disturbances on aquatic fauna and providing information helpful to the conservation of warmwater fishes and crayfishes. She conducts research on the biology, community ecology, taxonomy, and distribution of crayfishes and native warmwater fishes at various spatial and temporal scales.

“Dr. Susie Adams is a talented and enthusiastic scientist whose research is fueled by her curiosity about nature and a desire to understand what we don’t know, but need to know, to restore and preserve aquatic fauna in an ever-changing environment,” said Ted Leininger, project leader of the CBHR and Adams’ immediate supervisor. “Susie’s science leadership and impressive accomplishments make her a natural choice for this award.”

Additionally, Adams is one of the world’s leading experts on crayfishes and is the first U.S. woman to have served as president of the International Association of Astacology. She leads the Forest Service Ecology of Aquatic and Terrestrial Fauna Team and the Mississippi Crayfish Working Group, co-leads the Alabama Shad Research Team, and is a member of the Crayfish Invasion Risk Assessment Modeling Team.