Sustainability scholars honored at commencement

Two scholars with ties to MSU's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife will receive honorary degrees Saturday.

Harold Mooney and Robin Welcomme

Global experts on environmental science and inland fisheries will receive honorary doctorates in science at Michigan State University. Both are long-time colleagues and collaborators of Fisheries and Wildlife researchers.

Stanford University ecologist and biology professor Harold Mooney plans to attend the Dec. 14 fall commencement’s advanced degree ceremonies to receive his honorary degree. His research ranges from the physiological ecology of plants to global environmental stability.

Robin Welcomme also will be honored but won’t be in attendance. His research into inland fisheries has boosted awareness of how they contribute to food security, human health and prosperity. Last year, the Robin Welcomme Fellowship Program was created to recognize scientists who have been working to promote responsible inland fisheries.

Both were recommended for honorary degrees by the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. The two bring to 13 the number of scholars and thought leaders from across the world hosted by the center.

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