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Lake Campus Professor Stephen Jacquemin Receives Public Impact Recognition Award

CELINA, OH – On February 1, 2024, Stephen Jacquemin, Ph.D., professor of biology at Wright State University–Lake Campus, was recognized for his impactful research on the local community by being awarded a Public Impact Recognition Award from the Offices of the President, Provost and Research and Sponsored Programs.

Wright State University–Lake Campus is located on the north shore of Grand Lake. Since 2010 the lake has experienced harmful algal blooms effecting the environment. Jacquemin joined the faculty of the Lake Campus in 2013 and for the past 10 years he has focused research on improving aquatic habitat through the development of wetlands and increasing the use of sustainable agriculture practices throughout the watershed region.

In 2010 Grand Lake had less than .2% of its watershed as natural wetland habitat. Through the efforts of Jacquemin and others over 1,000+ acres (2%+ of the watershed) of natural wetland habitats have been restored in the region.

Theresa Dirksen, Mercer County Agriculture & Resource Director, works alongside Jacquemin with their efforts to improve the water quality of Grand Lake.

“Dr. Jacquemin’s research and leadership has allowed this community to tell a wonderful story of success,” said Dirksen.

Jacquemins research has drawn state and national attention as a success story and helped to demonstrate that improved water quality for all people and watershed is possible, no matter how bad off the system is at the start. The newest wetland is set to be located on campus directly next to the Lake Campus water quality lab.

PHOTO IDENTIFICATION: Left to right, Madhavi Kadakia, Ph.D, Vice Provosot for Research & Innovation; Stephen Jacquemin, Ph.D., Professor of Biology; Amy Thompson, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President Academic Affairs.


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