Senior Research Scientist
- Principal investigator, Fluvial Geomorphology Group.
- Adjunct professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Pennsylvania.
- Adjunct faculty, Department of Geography, Kansas State University.
- Affiliate faculty, Department of Geography, University of Delaware.
- Affiliate faculty, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Delaware.
970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311
Interests and Expertise
Melinda Daniels’ research program focuses broadly on the fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, and stream ecosystem ecology of both natural and human-modified river systems, from reach to watershed scales. Her interests include river restoration, watershed management, and stream ecosystem science. Though much of it is theoretically based, all of her research is placed within the context of better understanding our impact on rivers, improving river management, and enabling successful river restoration.
Daniels’ work includes examining how people perceive river environments and the process of communicating science to river managers and stakeholders. Essentially, her research perspective examines rivers as coupled human and natural systems.
- Ph.D., physical geography, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
- Master of Research in environmental science, University College London, London, United Kingdom.
- B.S., natural resources and environmental science, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
- Senior research scientist, Stroud Water Research Center, 2023–present.
- Associate research scientist, Stroud Water Research Center, 2013–2022.
- Associate professor, Department of Geography, Physical and Environmental Geography, Kansas State University, 2010–2013.
- Assistant professor, Department of Geography, Physical and Environmental Geography, Kansas State University, 2008–2010.
- Assistant professor, Department of Geography, Physical and Environmental Geography, University of Connecticut, 2002–2008.
- Instructor, University of Illinois, 2001–2002.
- Research assistant and fellow, stream confluence dynamics, river restoration science, University of Illinois, 1998–2001.
Resource modification by ecosystem engineers generates hotspots of stream community assembly and ecosystem function
Beyond the light effect: how hydrologic and geomorphologic stream features control microbial distribution across pool sequences in a temperate headwater stream
Local environment and individuals’ beliefs: the dynamics shaping public support for sustainability policy in an agricultural landscape
Riparian land cover, water temperature variability, and thermal stress for aquatic species in urban streams
Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) and Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) summer thermal habitat use in streams with sympatric populations
See all publications by Stroud Center authors
Sharing Our Science at the National Monitoring Conference
A Fresh Look at River Algae in the Delaware River Basin
Cutting Waste in the Reforestation of Riparian Zones
Saving Streams With Good Science
How Farming Practices Influence Water Quality and Soil Health
Why Is New York City Studying Pennsylvania’s Lehigh River?