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Melinda Daniels, Ph.D.

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Melinda Daniels, Ph.D.

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.

Contact

mdaniels@stroudcenter.org
tel. 610-910-0044
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.

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

  • 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.

Publications

Carbon pools in stream-riparian corridors: legacy of disturbance along mountain streams of south-eastern Wyoming

Ruffing, C.M., K.A. Dwire, and M.D. Daniels. 2015. Earth Surfaces Processes and Landforms 41(2):208–223.

Opinion: endogenizing culture in sustainability science research and policy

Caldasa, M.M., M.R. Sanderson, M. Mather, M.D. Daniels, J.S. Bergtold, J. Aistrup, J.L. Heier Stamm, D. Haukosc, K. Douglas-Mankin, A.Y. Sheshukov, and D.Lopez-Carr. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112(27):8157–8159.

Fundamental spatial and temporal disconnections in the hydrology of an intermittent prairie headwater network

Costigan, K.H., M.D. Daniels, W.K. Dodds. 2015. Journal of Hydrology 522:305–316.

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Related News

Mapping a Stream’s Recovery

Jennifer Matkov (foreground) and Laura Borecki survey the stream morphology of White Clay Creek. Photo: Kay Dixon On a clear, bright day, Jennifer Matkov wades calf-deep in cool stream water.

Sharing Our Science: Summer 2015

In May, Stroud Water Research Center scientists attended the weeklong annual meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Grant Supports Total Watershed Restoration to Reduce Flooding, Improve Habitat

The Stroud Center will restore Sharitz Run, a tributary to Doe Run in the headwaters of the Brandywine Creek near Coatesville and Unionville, Pennsylvania.

UpStream Newsletter, December 2013

Low Levels of Fracking Wastewater Highly Toxic to Mayflies: Stroud Center scientists find mayflies, whose presence indicates good water quality, are significantly affected by low levels of produced water.

Stroud Center Scientist to Advise U.S. Army Corps on Environmental Impacts

Melinda Daniels, Ph.D., has been appointed by Secretary of Defense Hagel to serve on the Environmental Advisory Board to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

UpStream Newsletter, July 2013

Where the Wells Run Dry: To predict the potential impact of climate variability, climate change, land use, and human activity on water resources in the Central Great Plains, Melinda Daniels, Ph.D., is leading a three-year research project recently funded by the National Science Foundation.