2024 Yentsch-Schindler Award Recipient

Hilary Dugan

The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) presents the Yentsch-Schindler Early Career Award each year to an early career scientist who has made outstanding and balanced contributions to research, education, and society. The 2024 Yentsch-Schindler Early Career Award is being presented to Dr. Hilary Dugan for her exceptional, balanced contributions to our understanding of salinization of freshwater ecosystems and winter limnology, and for her commitment to scientific mentorship and impact-creation via proactive, open-science translation to resource managers and the public. The award will be presented to Dr. Dugan at the 2024 ASLO Summer Meeting in Madison, WI, USA in June.

Dr. Hilary Dugan is an Associate Professor at the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (Madison, WI, USA). Since obtaining her Ph.D. in 2014, Dr. Dugan has published over 60 research articles and two book chapters on a variety of topics under the unifying theme of global change impacts on lake systems. Her work on freshwater salinization - its causes, quantification, and impacts – has been particularly notable, and highly cited, within the community. Her research continues to shed light on the human-induced component of salinization and demonstrates that it is a pervasive, rather than isolated, phenomenon.

Staunchly committed to the principles of open science, Dr. Dugan has collaboratively published four R statistical packages (including the notable LakeMetabolizer package), numerous global-scale datasets, and a variety of digital teaching tools that are free for the community. She also shares the principles of open science with her students and post-docs. She is actively involved in GLEON (Global Lakes Ecological Observatory) and is an alumna of the GLEON Fellowship program. Dr. Dugan’s commitment to open science also extends to communicating her work with the public (through digital and traditional media), policymakers, and managers. Her engagement efforts have directly led to changes the perception of road salt as a pollutant and in road salting practices in Wisconsin.

“While Dr. Dugan’s research is highly influential, the Yentsch-Schindler Award recognizes more than scientific excellence. Awardees must also demonstrate a significant commitment to education and service. Dr. Dugan has masterfully exemplified these principles through her mentorship and dedication to open science” said ASLO President Pat Glibert.

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