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David Arscott, Ph.D.

500 500 Stroud Water Research Center

Vice President, Executive Director

Administration and Finance Department

Research Scientist

Fish Ecology Group

Adjunct Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania

Contact

darscott@stroudcenter.org
tel. 610-268-2153, ext. 278
970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311

Interest and Expertise

My research focuses on aquatic primary production, distribution and diversity of aquatic macroinvertebrates, ecohydrology, and the ecology of rivers and flood plains. My interests include riverine landscape ecology and dynamics, aquatic invertebrate, fish and algal ecology, aquatic food web structure and dynamics, habitat conservation, and land-water interactions. Research experiences in Michigan, New Hampshire, Alaska, Minnesota, New York, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Antarctica have provided me with a broad spectrum of experiences in aquatic habitats from the arctic tundra to the European and Southern Alps to Antarctica.

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Education

  • Ph.D., Freshwater Ecology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland, conducted at the Swiss Federal Institute of Environmental Science and Technology.
  • M.S., Water Resources Management, University of New Hampshire, Department of Natural Resources, Durham, New Hampshire.
  • B.S., Biology, Chemistry, and Conservation, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Professional Experience

  • Vice President, Executive Director, Research Scientist, Stroud Water Research Center, 2017–present.
  • Vice President, Assistant Director, Research Scientist, Stroud Water Research Center, 2009–2016.
  • Freshwater Ecologist, National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2006–2009.
  • Project Coordinator/Research Scientist at Stroud Water Research Center, 2003–2006.
  • Research Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Crookston, Minnesota, 2002–2003.
  • Student Conservation Association Resource Assistant Intern, U.S. Forest Service, Fisheries and Wildlife Division, Ketchikan Rangers District, Alaska, 1994–1995.

Publications

Spatial distribution and ecosystem effects of a nuisance, bloom-forming diatom (Didymosphenia geminata) in Catskill Mountain streams, New York

Richardson, D.C., I.A. Oleksy, T.J. Hoellein, D.B. Arscott, C.A. Gibson, and S.M. Root. 2014. Aquatic Sciences 76:553.

Response of benthic macroinvertebrates to gradients in hydrological connectivity: a comparison of temperate, subtropical, Mediterranean and semiarid river floodplains

Gallardo, B., S. Dolédec, A. Paillex, D.B. Arscott, F. Sheldon, F. Zilli, S. Mérigoux, E. Castella, and F.A. Comín. 2014. Freshwater Biology 59:630–648.

Dam design can impede adaptive management of environmental flows: a case study from the Opuha Dam, New Zealand

Lessard, J., D.M. Hicks, T.H. Snelder, D.B. Arscott, S.T. Larned, D. Booker, and A.M. Suren. 2013. Environmental Management 51(2):459–473.

Recent perspectives on temporary river ecology

Datry, T., D. Arscott, and S. Sabater. 2011. Aquatic Sciences–Research Across Boundaries 73(4):453–457.
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