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USGS Scientist Emeritus Jeff Williams Receives NPS Director’s Career Achievement Award

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National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis presents a Director's Award for Service in Natural Resources Stewardship and Science to USGS Scientist Emeritus S. Jeffress Williams.
Above: National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis (left) presents a Director's Award for Service in Natural Resources Stewardship and Science to USGS Scientist Emeritus S. Jeffress Williams. [larger version]

On September 8, 2010, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Scientist Emeritus S. Jeffress Williams was one of five recipients of the National Park Service (NPS) Director's Awards for "Service in Natural Resources Stewardship and Science," awarded by NPS Director Jon Jarvis at an awards ceremony during an all-hands meeting in Denver, Colorado. Williams' award, which was one of two for scientific research, consisted of a framed certificate and a handsome limited-edition bronze bison sculpture by artist Chris Schiller.

"These men and women have dedicated themselves to the restoration and maintenance of this Nation's natural heritage," said NPS Director Jarvis, "and while the awards recognize individual achievement, it is the teamwork, professionalism, and shared sense of purpose with their colleagues that matter most to the recipients."

In a statement released by NPS, Williams was recognized for his career as a "Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Woods Hole Science Center, MA, and Program Coordinator of USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program: Williams has focused his research career on the geologic history and processes of coastal, estuarine, wetland, and inner continental shelf regions and has developed a vulnerability index for U.S. coasts. He has assessed the vulnerability of coastal national parks to sea-level rise. His work has led to a better understanding of potential future impacts of sea-level rise on coastal systems and has provided GIS [geographic information system] maps and information needed to better manage coastal regions for the future."

In addition to his work on assessing the potential effects of sea-level rise on NPS national seashores, Williams' research along the Long Island coast and offshore shelf region has provided important information on coastal processes to aid in managing barrier islands and wetlands. More recently, he served as an expert witness giving testimony on coastal geology and nearshore sediment processes for the U.S. Justice Department, which was defending the NPS in a legal action. The suit against NPS, if successful, could have had a major impact on the management of federally operated beaches and could have limited public access to them. Ultimately, the judge ruled in favor of the Department of Justice.

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