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Ducks Unlimited announced last week the winners of the 2015 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 80th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. This year’s recipient in the research/technical category is Professor Emeritus Gary Hepp of Auburn’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Hepp’s contributions to waterfowl biology, ecology and management have been numerous. In particular, his contributions to understanding the breeding biology and population ecology of the wood duck have been highly influential. He has served as a mentor to more than 70 graduate students. Many of his former students occupy key, influential positions in the waterfowl and wetland conservation community, including waterfowl program leader for Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency; waterfowl biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; director of conservation programs for The Nature Conservancy; coordinator of the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture; director of conservation programs for Ducks Unlimited; and managing director of Development for Ducks Unlimited.