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Melinda Daniels, Ph.D.

228 228 Stroud Water Research Center

Associate Research Scientist

Principal Investigator

Fluvial Geomorphology Group

Contact

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

Interests and Expertise

My 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. These interests include fields such as river restoration, watershed management, and stream ecosystem science. Though much of it is theoretically based, all of my research is placed within the context of better understanding our impact on rivers, improving our management of rivers, and enabling our successful restoration of rivers. This includes the examination of how people perceive river environments and the process of communicating science to river managers and stakeholders. Essentially, my research perspective examines rivers as coupled human and natural systems.

Education

  • 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.

Professional Experience

  • Associate Research Scientist, Stroud Water Research Center, 2013–present.
  • 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.

Publications

Riparian and geomorphic controls on thermal habitat dynamics of pools in a temperate headwater stream

Ouellet, V., E.E. Gibson, M.D. Daniels, and N.A. Watson. 2017. Ecohydrology (online early view).

Conservation Reserve Program mitigates grassland loss in the lesser prairie-chicken range of Kansas

Spencer, D., D. Haukos, C. Hage, M. Daniels, and D. Goodin. 2017. Global Ecology and Conservation 9:21–38.

Resilience of aquatic net-spinning caddisfly silk structures to common global stressors

Albertson, L.K., and M.D. Daniels. 2016. Freshwater Biology 61(5):670–679.

Bison and cattle grazing management, bare ground coverage, and links to suspended sediment concentrations in grassland streams

Grudzinski, B.P., M.D. Daniels, K. Anibas, and D. Spencer. 2016. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 52(1):16–30.
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