Biologist Tyson Kurtz Earns PWS Certification

March 16, 2023

EnviroScience Biologist Tyson Kurtz, PWSCongratulations to EnviroScience Biologist Tyson Kurtz for achieving the designation of Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS certification) from The Society of Wetland Scientists!

The Society of Wetland Scientists is a professional organization formed to promote understanding, conservation, protection, restoration, science-based management, and sustainability of wetlands across the globe. 

The Society developed the Professional Certification Program (PCP) in 1994 for certification of wetland science training and experience to meet the needs of professional ecologists, hydrologists, soil scientists, educators, agency professionals, consultants, and others who practice wetland science. This program serves the public’s need to reliably identify qualified individuals to assess and manage wetland resources around the world.

A Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) meets stringent education requirements (minimum B.A. or B.S. degree with significant coursework in biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and wetland ecology). 

Following this comprehensive higher education in wetland science, a PWS must have professional experience of at least five years as a wetland scientist that demonstrates the application of current technical knowledge dealing with wetland resources and activities. 

Finally, a PWS provides acknowledgment to scientific peers of their adherence to standards of professional ethics for the conduct and practice of wetland science. Certification enhances recognition of wetland science within other disciplines, especially in multi-disciplinary work environments.

At the current time, PWS is the only international certification program that is specific to wetland science.

Congratulations, Tyson, on this awesome achievement!

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