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Ecohydrology Research Group University of South Florida - School of Geosciences

Bill Mitsch

  • Courtesy Professor, School of Geosciences, University of South Florida
  • Eminent Scholar and Director, Everglades Wetland Research Park, and Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration. Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Chair, U.S. National Ramsar Committee
  • Founder and Editor-in-Chief (1992-2017) of Ecological Engineering
  • Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University
  • Courtesy Professor of Soil and Water Science, University of Florida

Bill Mitsch has been a university professor specializing in wetland and aquatic biogeochemistry and ecological engineering for 44 years at 4 universities in the USA and now a 5th university as a graduate professor at USF. He received a B.S. in mechanical/industrial engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an an M.E. in environmental engineering and a Ph.D. in systems ecology under H.T. Odum, both degrees at the University of Florida. Before his current positions at FGCU and USF he the taught for 26 years as Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science and continues as Founding Director of the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at The Ohio State University.

His over 700 publications include 5 editions of the textbook/reference book Wetlands and two ecological engineering books. He founded in 1992 and served for 25 years as editor-in-chief of the international journal Ecological Engineering. He is Past President of the Society of Wetland Scientists and American Ecological Engineering Society, the latter which he founded. He has given over 400 invited presentations around the world on wetlands, ecological engineering and ecosystem services and restoration.

In 2004, he was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize by H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. He has also received the first Odum Award for Excellence in Ecological Engineering from the American Ecological Engineering Society (AEES) in 2018 in Houston Texas, the Outstanding Wetland Scientist Award at the 10th INTECOL Wetland Conference in Changshu, China in 2016, the Ramsar Award for Merit in 2015 from the Ramsar Convention, Switzerland, a Doctorate honoris causa, University of Tartu, Estonia in 2010, an Einstein Professorship in 2010 by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Society of Wetland Scientists in 2007, and the Theodore M. Sperry Award from the Society for Ecological Restoration in 2005. He has also been awarded Fulbright scholarships for research and teaching in Denmark, Botswana, Poland, and Wales UK.

Dr. Mitsch has advised--to completion with thesis or dissertation--79 graduate students at 4 universities as well as 13 post-docs. Nineteen of his former grad students and post docs are teaching in universities in the USA and world. He is currently supporting and advising 3 USF Ph.D. students in the USF School of Geosciences in wetland research.