Marc Peipoch, Ph.D.

773 773 Stroud Water Research Center
Marc Peipoch, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Scientist
Principal Investigator, Ecosystem Ecology Group

tel. 610–910-0045
970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311

Interests and Expertise

Marc Peipoch is interested in the effects of nutrient pollution on aquatic biodiversity and nutrient cycling in freshwater ecosystems. His research focuses on the interactions among ecological and biogeochemical processes that drive aquatic ecosystem dynamics, and uses a diverse set of tools including field experiments, water quality sensors, and modeling approaches.

Specific projects that address these research interests include studies of nutrient spiraling in “pristine” and polluted streams, the influence of low-head milldams on water quality, biological nutrient removal within sediment plumes in agricultural streams, restoration of habitat complexity and ecosystem services in river floodplains, algal growth and nutrient uptake in large rivers, and causes and consequences of riverine algal blooms.

Most of his work has been done and continues to be in streams and rivers of the Piedmont region, the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains of Montana, and/or the Mediterranean Basin.

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  • Ph.D., aquatic ecology, University of Barcelona, Spain.
  • M.S., fundamental ecology, University of Barcelona, Spain.
  • B.S., environmental science, University of Girona, Spain.

Professional Experience

  • Assistant research scientist, Stroud Water Research Center, 2018–present.
  • Professional research associate, Division of Biological Sciences, The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, 2016–2017.
  • Postdoctoral scholar, Division of Biological Sciences, The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, 2013–2016.
  • Visiting scholar, Flathead Lake Biological Station, The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, 2010–2011.
  • Graduate researcher, Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes, Spanish National Research Council, Girona, Spain, 2009–2013.
  • Undergraduate research assistant, Institute of Aquatic Ecology, Department of Aquatic Sciences, University of Girona, Spain, 2009.


Influence of nitrate and ammonium availability on uptake kinetics of stream biofilms

Ribot, M., D. Von Schiller, M. Peipoch, F. Sabater, N. B. Grimm, and E. Martí. 2013. Freshwater Science 32(4):1155–1167.

Nitrogen stable isotopes in primary uptake compartments across streams differing in nutrient availability

Pastor, A., M. Peipoch, L. Cañas, E. Chappuis, M. Ribot, E. Gacia, J. Ll. Riera, E. Martí, and F. Sabater. 2013. Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. 47(18):10155–62.

Variability in δ15N natural abundance of basal resources in fluvial ecosystems: a meta-analysis

Peipoch, M., E. Martí, and E. Gacia. 2012. Freshwater Science. 31(3):1003–1015.

Resistance and recovery of river biofilms receiving short pulses of Triclosan and Diuron

Proia, L., S. Morin, M. Peipoch, A.M. Romaní, and S. Sabater. 2011. Science of the Total Environment. 409(17):3129–37.

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