Wheeling Jesuit Professor inducted into the Society for Freshwater Science

  WJU News
  Monday, October 16, 2017 12:18 PM
  WJU News, Academics

Wheeling, WV

Wheeling Jesuit's Dr. Ben Stout has been inducted into the Society for Freshwater Science Fellows program, which recognizes outstanding members in the field of freshwater science.

The society recognized Stout, a professor of Biology at WJU, for being an outstanding freshwater scientist that has made significant contributions to the field and the society, while actively promoting freshwater science through his education and outreach and for being an active member of the Society for Freshwater Science.stout.jpg

This past summer, Dr. Stout went to Raleigh, North Carolina to be inducted into the Society of Freshwater Science. “I am beyond grateful and could not believe I received this award,” said Stout.

“I believe that I have received this award from the Society of Freshwater Science for my testimonies in court, summer research with students, and just being outspoken in my field of research,” said Dr. Stout. Burning the Future and Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy of Mountaintop Removal Mining are just two of the films that Dr. Stout has been apart of where he speaks out to inform people about freshwater science and the things that are damaging these streams. 

In 1991, Stout testified in court for the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy. In court, he testified that if LaRosa Fuel Company were to mine for coal under a headwater stream in the Highlands, the water would then become polluted – a violation of the the clean water act. With the help of Stout's testimony, the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy won the case keeping the water safe. “Testify in court, it’s easy, just tell the truth and let court decide,” said Stout.

Every summer, Stout takes WJU students to conduct research with him along streams and waterways. “I feel like I have replicated myself by conducting different forms of research with my students, who eventually go on to get their doctorates,” Stout added.

“As I look back on a career as a stream ecologist, I have relished the challenge of discovery and the challenge of helping underserved people to meet their number one requirement – freshwater. We are a talented world community of scientists. I feel blessed to be a part of that,” he explained.



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