DUWC Director Curtis Richardson Awarded Honorary Doctoral Degree


Duke University Wetland Center Director Curtis J. Richardson received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. The award was given at the Universitys spring graduation convocation in June 2018. Dr. Richardson was the commencement speaker for the event.

The University of Waterloo bestowed the degree in recognition of Richardson’s significant contributions to wetland science and strong advocacy of science-based policy making and wetland protection.


Dr. Richardson is the John O. Blackburn Distinguished Professor of Resource Ecology at Duke University, where he has been a faculty member for forty years. He earned his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Richardson is a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society of Wetland Scientists, and the Soil Science Society of America.  In addition, he has received the Society of Wetland Scientists Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Wetlands Award, and the SUNY Cortland Distinguished Alumni Award.

The University of Waterloo is one of Canada's major research universities, with a total student population of approximately 36,000. The university has the largest number of faculty involved in wetland and water research and teaching in Canada.

June 14, 2018