Duke University Wetland Center

25th Anniversary Year

The Duke University Wetland Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary during 2015.

To observe the Center's birthday, we presented a Wetlands Career Symposium on World Wetlands Day, February 2, 2015, at the Searle Center in Duke's Seeley G. Mudd Building.

Former doctoral and masters students, faculty, postdocs, and visiting scholars returned to Durham to share...through individual presentations or panel discussions...their research, teaching, and career experiences with our current students, faculty, and invited guests.


The Duke University Wetland Center's

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Career Symposium

Part of DUWC's observance of World Wetlands Day 2015

Wetlands for our Future



Welcome by Duke University President Richard Brodhead.  Comments by Executive Vice President Tallman Trask III and a brief history of the Wetland Center from Director Curtis Richardson.

Plenary Speaker. Sandra Postel, Global Water Policy Project.

From Duke to Now: Reflections on a Career in Water

President Richard Brodhead welcomed symposium attendees to Duke.

Sandra Postel (MEM 1980) director of the Global Water Policy Project, gave the plenary speech.

Career presentations from Wetland Center members past and present:  Scott Bridgham (University of Oregon), Christopher Craft (Indiana University), Jan Vymazal (Czech University of Life Sciences)


Career presentations: Ryan King (Baylor University), Charlotte Clark (Duke University), Steve Faulkner (USGS), Greg Bruland (Principia College) Patrick Megonigal (SERC), Jerry Qualls (University of Nevada)

DUWC director Curtis Richardson presided over the morning sessions.

Undergrads, MEMs, and Ph.D. students were able to hear and meet with wetland specialists in all fields.


Career presentations Ariana Sutton-Grier (NOAA), Mark Walbridge (USDA), Panchabi Vaithiyanathan (Divers Alert Network), Lee Barber (Colorado State University), Mac Haupt (
WaSMaCS), Kevin Nunnery (Habitats, Inc.), Phil Bachand (Bachand & Associates).


Roundtable discussion panel, chaired by Matthew Hanchey (Duke Energy).

Later in the afternoon, participants toured the DUWC wetland/stream/lake restoration (SWAMP) now successfully treating stormwater runoff from over 1,500 acres of city and campus, the new stormwater reclamation lake on campus, our home in the Levine Science Research Center, and the Nicholas School's new LEEDS Platinum Environment Hall.


Steve Palumbo from Duke Facilities Management Department gave a tour of the new campus water reclamation lake to symposium attendees.

Curtis Richardson received a plaque honoring 25 years of wetland science at Duke. DUWC Visiting Assistant Research Professor Neal Flanagan made the presentation.

The night ended with a homecoming dinner, an evening of food, merriment, and exchange.


In upcoming days, we will share more words and images from the symposium here on the Wetland Center website.

Some of the many people who have been part of the DUWC family over the past 25 years