Daniel C. Josephson, a research associate at Cornell University's natural resources department, will receive the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award during Jamestown Community College commencement Saturday.
The ceremony, which will also recognize August and December 2012 graduates, begins at 10 a.m. in the Physical Education Complex.
Presented by the JCC Alumni Association, the award recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in service to their communities.
Josephson graduated from JCC in 1977 with high honors in biology. He earned a bachelor's degree in natural resources at Cornell University in 1979 and a master's degree in fishery science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1983.
Since 1987, Josephson has served as a field supervisor and station manager for Cornell's Adirondack Fishery Research Program. From 1983 to 1987, he was a field project manager of a 10-lake liming study for Cornell.
Josephson's research focuses on ecosystem processes that influence coldwater fisheries in the Adirondack Mountain region. He examines the impact of acid precipitation, climate change, and non-native fish introductions on native fish populations and management practices to restore, conserve, and protect native fish populations in Adirondack waters.
His research, published in several professional journals, has also been recognized by the New York chapter of the American Fisheries Society.
A certified fisheries professional for the past 25 years, Josephson has been active in Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, and the American Fisheries Society.