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David Arscott, Ph.D.

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David Arscott, Ph.D.

Executive Director, President

Administration and Finance Department

Research Scientist

Fish Ecology Group

Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania

Contact

darscott@stroudcenter.org
tel. 610-910-0046
970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311

Interests and Expertise

David Arscott’s research focuses on aquatic primary production, distribution and diversity of aquatic macroinvertebrates, ecohydrology, and the ecology of rivers and floodplains. His 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. Arscott’s research experiences in Michigan, New Hampshire, Alaska, Minnesota, New York, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Antarctica have provided him with a broad spectrum of experiences in aquatic habitats from the arctic tundra to the European and Southern Alps to Antarctica.

Google Scholar | Curriculum vitae

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

  • President, executive director, research scientist, Stroud Water Research Center, 2017–present.
  • Vice president, executive director, research scientist, Stroud Water Research Center, 2017.
  • 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, Stroud Water Research Center, 2003–2006.
  • Research assistant professor, 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

Advancing freshwater science with sensor data collected by community scientists

Oviedo-Vargas, D., M. Peipoch, S.H. Ensign, D. Bressler, D.B. Arscott, and J.K. Jackson. 2024. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, early online access.

Delaware River Watershed Initiative Pollution Assessment: Stage 2 Project Report

Aufdenkampe, A.K., D.B. Arscott, B. Evans, L. Perez. 2024. Stroud Water Research Center Report #2024-001.

Delaware River Watershed Initiative Pollution Assessment: Stage 1 Project Report

Aufdenkampe, A.K., D.B. Arscott, B. Evans, and L. Perez. 2021. Stroud Water Research Center Report #2022-003.

Building a more scientifically informed community in the Delaware River Basin

Bressler, D.W., J.K. Jackson, M.J. Ehrhart, and D.B. Arscott. 2019. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 9(1):24–27.

Low-cost, open-source, and low-power: but what to do with the data?

Horsburgh, J.S., J. Caraballo, M. Ramírez, A.K. Aufdenkampe, D.B. Arscott, and S.G. Damiano. 2019. Frontiers in Earth Science 7:67.

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