Aquatic Ecology

Aquatic Ecology

The Aquatic Ecology group strives to provide the scientific knowledge and technical innovation to address highly complex and multi-faceted water-energy resource challenges.

Aquatic Ecology


Identifying non-reference sites to guide stream restoration and long-term monitoring

The reference condition paradigm has served as the standard for assessing the outcomes of restoration projects, particularly their success in meeting project objectives. One limitation of relying...

Occurrence, leaching, and degradation of Cry1Ab protein from transgenic maize detritus in agricultural streams

The insecticidal Cry1Ab protein expressed by transgenic (Bt) maize can enter adjacent water bodies via multiple pathways, but its fate in stream ecosystems is not as well studied as in terrestrial...

Water quality effects of short-rotation pine management for bioenergy feedstocks in the southeastern United States

Growing interest in renewable and domestically produced energy motivates the evaluation of woody bioenergy feedstock production. In the southeastern U.S., woody feedstock plantations, primarily of...

Capabilities & Research Areas

Water-energy research challenges include the need to 1) understand and predict environmental responses to energy alternatives (e.g., hydropower, fossil fuel, biofuel and nuclear) , 2) develop scientifically sound technologies that can enhance energy security and minimize environmental impacts, and 3) provide society and stakeholders the information and tools necessary to inform policy and decision-making.  Research strengths of the group are its capabilities in water resource evaluation and ecological restoration, which includes long-term evaluations of field sites, the use of a 8000 square foot Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, and unique national level aquatic resource geospatial databases and modeling tools.