Volume 11, Issue 4 - Fall 2017
Ge Sun Receives Chief's Honor Award for "Applying Knowledge Globally"
Ge Sun, a research hydrologist with the Eastern Threat Center who has worked with the U.S. Forest Service since 1997, has received a Forest Service Chief's Honor Award, one of the highest honors in the agency. The award in the category of "Applying Knowledge Globally" recognizes his research productivity, leadership, and partnerships that have furthered understanding of the relationships among forests and water in a changing environment. “One of his most notable contributions is his development of the Water Supply Stress Index (WaSSI) model, a simulation tool that makes predictions about interactions between water supply and demand by forests and humans," said Carlos Rodriguez-Franco, Deputy Chief for Research and Development, who presented the award to Sun in a ceremony on December 7. "By advancing knowledge of water and forests through publishing a multitude of papers and co-organizing numerous symposia, Ge Sun has developed science-based tools for managing forests that have regional, national, and international benefits.” Upon receiving the award, Sun thanked his family and acknowledged his collaborators and those who have supported his work for so many years. After reflecting on the award, he stated, "It is a great honor being recognized for this project, a true team effort that involves many colleagues around the world. Solving global issues requires global participation."