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Robert E. Stewart Receives Gulf Guardian Award Before Retiring After 30 Years of Service to DOI

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Above: Robert E. Stewart, Jr., retired from the Department of the Interior after 30 years of service, 25 of them as director of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center.

Robert E. Stewart was named a Gulf Guardian by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Gulf of Mexico Program shortly before he retired in January. Previously, he was named Professional Conservationist of 2004 by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation (see Sound Waves article, Louisiana Wildlife Federation Names Bob Stewart Professional Conservationist of the Year).

Stewart worked 30 years for the Department of the Interior, 25 of them as director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, LA.

Stewart received a bachelor's degree in biology in 1966 from Jamestown College in Jamestown, ND. He received a master's degree in 1969 and a doctoral degree in 1971 from North Dakota State University in Fargo, where his graduate work included studying forests, wetlands, and waterfowl in the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota and Manitoba, Canada.

Stewart began his Federal career in 1974 working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on national energy policies in Washington, DC. In 1979, he became the leader of the service's National Coastal Ecosystems Team in Slidell, LA. The team evolved into what is now the USGS National Wetlands Research Center, housed on the research-park campus of the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, since 1992.

Under Stewart's leadership, the center's scientists have tackled diverse research issues, employed the latest technology, and produced thousands of publications and maps. The center supports about 200 scientists and support staff, as well as numerous agency and university partnerships.

Stewart received the Department of the Interior's highest honor awards—the Meritorious Service Award and the Distinguished Service Award—for his outstanding vision and leadership in using scientific research and technology to address wetland issues. In 1994, he also was named to the Alumni Hall of Fame of his alma mater, Jamestown College.

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Greg Smith Named New Director of USGS National Wetlands Research Center
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