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2017 Hudson River Environmental Society Annual Awards Dinner

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Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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The Hudson River Environmental Society will be honoring Elizabeth (Betsy) Blair by presenting her with the HRES Distinguished Service Award. HRES will also be honoring Dr. Robert (Bob) Schmidt by presenting him with the HRES Outstanding Environmental Researcher Award. Please join us for a wonderful evening as we recognize the exceptional lifetime achievements made by these dedicated stewards of the Hudson River!

Betsy Blair is the Regional Marine Habitat Manager for the NYSDEC Regions 3 and 4, an area that includes part of Long Island Sound and all of the Hudson River estuary north of New York City. In this capacity, she manages the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserves; oversees the NYSDEC Region 3 tidal wetlands regulatory program; and leads a wide variety of other marine habitat protection initiatives, including habitat restoration, submerged habitat mapping, and the Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project. She has a special interest in fostering collaborative science and outreach programs that support climate adaptation.

Bob Schmidt earned his PhD at the University of Connecticut and he is currently an Associate Director at Hudsonia, Ltd. Bob taught for many years at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Through his passion for both Hudson River Ecology and mentoring students in the field of natural science, he introduced many students to the Hudson River mentoring many through the Polgar Fellowship Program. Bob’s long experience in ecology and natural history focuses on aquatic and estuarine habitats, fish, invertebrates, and nonnative species. He has conducted research in rural and urban stream systems, the Hudson River and Mohawk River, waterways of New England, and in the Neotropics.

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