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Louis Kaplan, Ph.D.

500 500 Stroud Water Research Center

Research Scientist Emeritus

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Affiliate Faculty, Delaware Environmental Institute, University of Delaware

Contact

lakaplan@stroudcenter.org
970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311

Interests and Expertise

Dissolved organic matter biogeochemistry, aquatic microbial ecology, and nutrient cycling.

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Education

  • Ph.D., Biology (Limnology), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • M.S., Ecology, University of California, Davis, California.
  • B.A., Environmental Sciences, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Professional Experience

  • Research Scientist Emeritus, Stroud Water Research Center, 2018–present.
  • Director, Ecosystem Science Cluster, Division of Environmental Science, National Science Foundation, 2015–2018.
  • Senior Research Scientist, Stroud Water Research Center, 1999–2017.
  • Curator, Division of Environmental Research, Stroud Water Research Center, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1996–1999.
  • Assistant Curator, Division of Environmental Research, Stroud Water Research Center, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1988–1992.
  • Research Associate, Division of Environmental Research, Stroud Water Research Center, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1980–1988.
  • Post Graduate Research Scientist III, University of California, Davis, California, 1974–1975.

Publications

Elucidating stream bacteria utilizing terrestrial dissolved organic matter

Akinwole, P., L. Kaplan, and R. Findlay. 2021. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 37, article 32.

Effect of decreasing biological lability on dissolved organic matter dynamics in streams

Li, A., J.D. Drummond, J.C. Bowen, R.M. Cory, L.A. Kaplan, and A.I. Packman. 2020. Water Resources Research 57(2): e2020WR027918.

Direct non‐invasive 1H NMR analysis of stream water DOM: Insights into the effects of lyophilization compared to whole water

Whitty, S.D., D.C. Waggoner, R.M. Cory, L.A. Kaplan, and P.G. Hatcher. 2019. Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 59(5): 540–553.

Photodegradation disproportionately impacts biodegradation of semi‐labile DOM in streams

Bowen, J.C., L.A. Kaplan, and R.M. Cory. 2019. Limnology and Oceanography 65(1): 13–26.

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Transforming Water Quality in the Sharitz Run Headwaters of Brandywine Creek

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Sharing Our Science in Salt Lake City

Stroud Center scientists shared their work at the weeklong annual meeting of this premier international organization of aquatic scientists.

Science Never Retires

Tom Bott, Bern Sweeney, Lou Kaplan and Denis Newbold are using their retirement in order to continue to pursue their passions in freshwater science.

Field Notes From Our Work in Costa Rica

A team of five Stroud Center scientists worked under the rainbows of the Orosí Volcano in Costa Rica to survey a dozen streams.

Evaluating Potential Impacts on Groundwater of Passive Composting of Spent Mushroom Substrate According to Best Practices Guidelines

By installing monitoring wells for groundwater, soil-water samplers, and probes to measure the conductivity in soil and groundwater, researchers are testing whether Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection guidelines for passive