In Sept 23, 2016, director of Duke University Wetland Center in USA, former chairman of the International Wetland Scientists Association (SWS), world famous wetland ecologist, wetland soil scientist prof. Curtis J. Richardson visited our school for academic dialogue in response to the invitation from School of Environment.
Duke University Wetland Center is one of top wetland research centers over the world. It holds esteemed reputation in wetland biogeochemistry, wetland protection and restoration of wetland environment, etc. Because of his academic contribution in the field of wetland research, in particular awarded prof. Curtis J. Richardson was awarded Distinguished Professor (John O. Blackburn professor) by Duke University in July 1, 2016.
At 4:00 pm, the academic report began at Lecture hall 301 in School of Geography Sciences. Attendees referred to over 50 researchers and students from Nanjing Normal University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications. Professor Richardson’s report was entitled "Novel Stream and Wetland Restoration Approach to Enhance Ecological Services in Urban". He introduced various stages of a wetland ecological restoration project between 2012 and 2015 in Duke University campus and in Durham City. The project was commissioned by the Durham municipal government to solve the comprehensive management of small watershed wastewater by artificial wetlands, and established wetland ecological engineering for water regulation, water balance, and water air conditioning system to solve the city's chiller water recycling problem.
This wonderful report sparked extensive discussion by the audience researchers and students, There were students gave comments to the wetland restoration issues in China, and received support from prof. Richardson. He also made recommendations to China's wetland restoration.