Last week Matt joined the world’s leading wetland scientists, researchers and managers in Duluth, Minnesota, to explore the many benefits of wetlands and their value to society. The Society of Wetland Scientists is an international organisation whose annual meeting attracts leading wetland experts from around the world. The meeting provided the opportunity to build connections, exchange ideas and learn the latest research for successful wetland management from the 500 attendees.
One of the field trips included canoeing down an 'estuary' that flows into Lake Superior, one of the USA's Great Lakes, which holds 10% of Earth's freshwater! It is currently one of the most heavily studied sites where scientists are learning about climate change impacts.
Matt sits on the European Chapter’s committee and is helping organise their regional meeting in Padova, Italy, 1st-4th September 2013. He also sits on the membership committee and professional wetland scientist accreditation committee which is helping promote a recognised professional standard for wetland scientists and practitioners.