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Bernard Sweeney, Ph.D.

500 500 Stroud Water Research Center

President

Administration and Finance Department

Distinguished Research Scientist

Entomology Group

Adjunct Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania

Contact

Email
tel. 610-268-2153, ext. 300
970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311

Interests and Expertise

The role of water quality monitoring in conservation, population and community ecology of temperate and tropical aquatic invertebrates; pollution assessment in temperate and tropical streams using macroinvertebrates; the role of streamside forests in the structure and function of stream and river ecosystems; factors affecting the growth and survivorship of trees in riparian forests; the effects of global warming on stream ecosystems; genetic variation and gene flow among populations of stream insects; the effects of diel and seasonal temperature change on aquatic insect populations; evolution of facultative parthenogenesis in aquatic insects; bioenergetics and secondary production of aquatic insects; and the bioassay of toxic materials in aquatic systems.

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Education

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Population Biology/Zoology.
  • B.S., Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, Biology.

Professional Experience

  • President, Distinguished Research Scientist, Stroud Water Research Center, 2017–present.
  • President, Executive Director, Curator, Director, Stroud Water Research Center, 1999–2016.
  • Vice President, Asociación Centro de Investigación Stroud, San José, Costa Rica, 1991–present.
  • Curator, Executive Director, Stroud Water Research Center of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia; Vice-President, Curator, Environmental Group, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1996–1999.
  • Associate Curator, Executive Director, Stroud Water Research Center of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1988–1996.
  • Assistant Curator, Stroud Water Research Center of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1978–1988.

Publications

Physiological responses to short-term thermal stress in mayfly (Neocloeon triangulifer) larvae in relation to upper thermal limits

Kim, K.S., H. Chou, D.H. Funk, J.K. Jackson, B.W. Sweeney, and D.B. Buchwalter. 2017. Journal of Experimental Biology 220:2598–2605.

River conservation, restoration, and preservation: rewarding private behavior to enhance the commons

Sweeney, B.W., and J.G. Blaine. 2016. Freshwater Science 35:755–763.

Science, not politics, should guide Clean Water Act clarification

Sweeney, B.W. 2014. Op-Ed in The News Journal, Wilmington, Delaware.

Streamside forest buffer width needed to protect stream water quality, habitat, and organisms: a literature review

Sweeney, B.W., and J.D. Newbold. 2014. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 50:560–584.

Does DNA barcoding improve performance of traditional stream bioassessment metrics?

Stein, E.D., B.P. White, R.D. Mazor, J.K. Jackson, J.M. Battle, P.E. Miller, E.M. Pilgrim, and B.W. Sweeney. 2014. Freshwater Science 33(1):302–311.
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