On October 2, 2018, Francis Marion University (FMU) awarded Matt Bonds, PhD with the Swails Award during the annual Biology Alumni reception. Bonds graduated from FMU with a degree in biology and went on to earned his PhD in both economics and ecology from the University of Georgia. The Swails Award is named for one of the department's original chairpersons and is awarded to outstanding alumni of the department who illustrate a high level of professional achievement and who have persisted in supporting their community and the FWU. Congratulations, Matt. Please click here to read the full story.