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Charles Dow, Ph.D.

500 500 Stroud Water Research Center

Director of Information Services

Contact

cdow@stroudcenter.org
tel. 610-268-2153, ext. 259
970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311

Interests and Expertise

My research interests primarily involve land use/land cover impacts and effects on water quality and quantity. Despite the large volume of research devoted to relating watershed conditions to stream water quality, many uncertainties still remain. One such challenge is in separating geophysical controls (i.e. geology, soils) from human-driven land use/cover influences in terms of explaining stream chemistry. Likewise, incorporating issues of scale (whole watershed vs. riparian area versus reach) and proximity of land use/cover to a stream into a statistical framework for explaining stream chemical and biological patterns is also an important area of ongoing research. Further work is also needed in integrating different means of assessing in-stream water quality to provide a more holistic view of stream ecosystem health. The ongoing challenge is to take different methods of assessing water quality and incorporate them into a single picture of stream health, one that highlights both the unique aspects of each measure and also the overlapping aspects between measures, leading to “multiple lines of evidence” for defining water quality conditions.

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Education

  • Ph.D., Forest Resources, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.
  • M.S., Environmental Pollution Control, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.
  • B.S., Chemistry, DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

Professional Experience

  • Director of Information Services/Research Scientist, Stroud Water Research Center, 2002–present.
  • Project Coordinator/Project Manager/Research Scientist, Stroud Water Research Center, 2000–2006.
  • Research Scientist, New Jersey Pinelands Commission, New Lisbon, New Jersey, 1996–2000.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, 1991–1996.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Pennsylvania State University, School of Forest Resources, University Park, Pennsylvania, 1996.
  • Laboratory Technician, Agricultural Products Department, Stine-Haskell Research Center, DuPont Company, Newark, Delaware, 1988–1990.

Publications

Geochemistry and mixing drive the spatial distribution of free-living archaea and bacteria in Yellowstone Lake

Kan, J., S. Clingenpeel, C.L. Dow, T.R. McDermott, R.E. Macur, W.P. Inskeep, and K.H. Nealson. 2016. Frontiers in Microbiology 7(210):1–13.

Dynamic hydrologic and biogeochemical processes drive microbially enhanced iron and sulfur cycling within the intertidal mixing zone of a beach aquifer

McAllister, S.M., J.M. Barnett, J.W. Heiss, A.J. Findlay, D.J. MacDonald, C.L. Dow, G.W. Luther III, H.A. Michael, and C.S.Chan. 2015. Limnology and Oceanography 60:329–345.

Water quality monitoring in the source water areas for New York City: an integrative watershed approach

Arscott, D.B., A.K. Aufdenkampe, T.L. Bott, C.L. Dow, J.K. Jackson, L.A. Kaplan, J.D. Newbold, and B.W. Sweeney. 2008. Final report on monitoring activities, 2000-2005. Stroud Water Research Center, Avondale, Pennsylvania.

Primary productivity in receiving reservoirs: links to influent streams

Bott, T.L., D.S. Montgomery, D.B. Arscott, and C.L. Dow. 2006. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 25(4):1045–1061.
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