WALLA WALLA, Wash.— C. Susan Weiler, biology research associate at Whitman, has been honored with a Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). She will officially receive this award at ASLO’s annual meeting on Feb. 14 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Weiler, who served as ASLO’s executive director from 1990-99, was cited in the Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin by fellow scientists John Dower, University of Victoria, Canada, and Robert Campbell, University of Hamburg, Germany, for her “leadership, dedication and boundless enthusiasm.” Her exceptional efforts, they noted, support the professional goals and enhance the stature of ASLO in many ways, and she has been a mentor to “literally hundreds of young limnologists and oceanographers, climate researchers and visible minorities within the aquatic sciences.”

Weiler was cited for recognizing the need for formal mentoring of the best and brightest students in the aquatic sciences and the need to break down barriers that separate the subdisciplines of limnology and oceanography. Her exemplary efforts, according to the bulletin, include the establishment of the first DIALOG (Dissertations Initiative for the Advancement of Limnology and Oceanography) Symposium in 1994. She currently spends most of her time as the DIALOG director.

She also founded DISCCRS (DISertations initiative for the advancement of Climate Change ReSearch) in 2003 to bring together recent Ph.Ds in the subdisciplines that are responsible for climate research. Again, Weiler’s purpose was to build interdisciplinary bridges between those individuals in the natural and social sciences, humanities, mathematics and other fields that will need to communicate in order to understand climate change and mitigate its impacts.

In addition, since 1993, Weiler has coordinated a database of more than 1,500 dissertation abstracts on ASLO’s Web site, and she maintains a weekly aquatic sciences electronic newsletter that offers tips on funding, job opportunities, upcoming aquatic science meetings and the latest news stories on aquatic science.

While Weiler’s work focuses primarily on the needs of recent Ph.D. recipients, she also involves undergraduates in her activities, and several Whitman students have participated in past symposia as undergraduates and later as Ph.D.’s. In addition, she encourages Whitman students to contact her if they are interested in the initiatives she’s working on, and remains a resource for students and faculty who are interested in minority issues.