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Ecosystem Ecology Group

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

About the Group

The Ecosystem Ecology Group focuses on interactions among physical, chemical, and biological elements of riverine ecosystems that organize ecological behavior at local and regional scales. We are also interested in the effects of global change (land use, atmospheric deposition, emergent contaminants) on the structure and function of streams and rivers, and the need for more socio-ecological perspectives on conservation and restoration of running water ecosystems.

Ecosystem Ecology Staff

Photo of Stephanie Bernasconi hiking in the mountains

Stephanie Bernasconi

Research Technician, Part-Time Environmental Educator
Sara Damiano

Sara Damiano

Research Technician
Michael Gentile

Michael Gentile

Research Technician
Marc Peipoch, Ph.D.

Marc Peipoch, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Scientist
Myriah Wadley

Myriah Wadley

Research Technician, Part-Time Environmental Educator

Ecosystem Ecology News

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Niche partitioning of microbial communities in riverine floodplains
Peipoch, M., S.R. Miller, T.R. Antao, and H.M. Valett. 2019. Science Reports 9, 16384.
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Trophic interactions among algal blooms, macroinvertebrates, and brown trout: implications for trout recovery in a restored river
Peipoch, M., and H.M. Valett. 2019. River Research and Applications 35(9): 1563–1574.
Float and Flow in the Brandywine
Float and Flow in the Brandywine
To measure how fast algae grow while they are floating downstream, Stroud Center scientists floated, along with the algae, for an afternoon in canoes.
Visiting Scientist Goes with the Flow
Visiting Scientist Goes with the Flow
Clara Mendoza-Lera's research will investigate the burden that heavy storms and flooding, worsened by climate change, place on stream ecosystem health.
Meet Our 2019 Summer Interns!
Meet Our 2019 Summer Interns!
Our internship program, now in its 47th year, has ushered through hundreds of interns who have come in search of meaningful work.
Algae That Is Beneficial … Until It Isn’t
Algae That Is Beneficial … Until It Isn’t
When a stream’s normal ecosystem is disturbed, the growth of a normally beneficial species can explode and cause problems.