Landis has mentored countless students and served as the major professor for nine doctoral students, 12 master's students, and 15 postdocs. His graduate courses require original laboratory or field research from his students—a requirement often cited as the highlight of the course.
The Distinguished Staff Award is given to academic specialists and MSUE academic staff for extraordinary achievement, excellence and exceptional contributions in advising, curriculum development, outreach, extension, research and/or teaching.
Herbert, a senior extension educator for MSU Extension, is nationally recognized as an expert on inland lake management, with an emphasis on natural shoreline landscaping and bioengineered shoreline erosion control. She assumed a leadership role in the creation of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership, bringing together academia, industry representatives, regulatory agencies, and nonprofits to develop and deliver innovative natural shoreline education. She led the effort to develop a technical, certified training program for professional landscape and marine contractors that focused on more lake-friendly shoreline designs that promote erosion control while integrating native plants and engineering techniques in aesthetically pleasing designs attractive to lake residents.
Herbert's brings together scientific knowledge and educational expertise to help waterfront contractors, lake residents, state agencies, and local officials work together to protect Michigan's water resources for everyone's benefit. A fisheries biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources describes Herbert's role in the success of the MNSP, "Ms. Herbert's unceasing passion for restoring and protecting aquatic resources has been instrumental in the overwhelming success of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership. Her technical skills and dedication to the education and outreach goals of the partnership have resulted in true progress toward restoring Michigan's inland lakes."
Through grants totaling more than $1 million, Herbert has developed curricula, educational materials and demonstration areas to teach, develop, and deliver water resource management programming to Michigan residents. In particular, she has worked with dozens of lake associations to protect and restore their inland lakes. The Glen Lake Association acknowledges Ms. Herbert as the person "who educated us as to the importance of the naturalization of shorelines along lakes and streams."