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Our efforts at Stroud™ Water Research Center require intellectual curiosity, a systematic and rigorous approach to scientific research, and the drive to answer a series of challenging questions about freshwater ecosystems. The answers to these questions may take decades to fully understand, but it is critical that we persist, as they have the power to influence others in ways that positively affect the world’s finite supply of clean fresh water.


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Recent Publications

Biophysical heterogeneity, hydrologic connectivity, and productivity of a montane floodplain forest

Peipoch, M., P.B. Davis, and H.M. Valett. 2022. Ecosystems, early online access.

A global synthesis of human impacts on the multifunctionality of streams and rivers

Brauns, M., D.C. Allen, I.G. Boëchat, W.F. Cross, V. Ferreira, D. Graeber, C.J. Patrick, M. Peipoch, D. von Schiller, and B. Gücker. 2022. Global Change Biology, early online access.

Metabolism and soil water viscosity control diel patterns of nitrate and DOC in a low order temperate stream

Oviedo-Vargas, D., M. Peipoch, and C. Dow. 2022. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 127(5), e2021JG006640.

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Freshwater Research News

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Supreme Court to Decide on Wetlands
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the stage is set for a landmark decision on its future.
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Stroud Center Work Tied to New U.S. Foreign Policy on Water Security
The White House Action Plan on Global Water Security recognizes that without access to acceptable quality water, the risks to individuals, businesses, and nations are significant.
Entomologists collect freshwater insects for a project that examines the impact of streamside restoration on water quality.
Breaking the Fall
How the Clean Water Act changed the trajectory of America’s waterways and became a beacon for freshwater science.
56% of people surveyed stated they care about the Schuylkill River.
Is the Schuylkill River Clean and Safe? Interactive StoryMap Shows Perceptions vs. Reality
The goal of the project is to connect residents and communities with the river and all it has to offer as a scenic and recreational destination.
The Viscosity Effect: A Newly Found Connection Between the Riparian Zone and Water Quality
The Viscosity Effect: A Newly Found Connection Between the Riparian Zone and Water Quality
A new Stroud Center study shows that the density of water plays a previously overlooked role in nutrient and carbon cycling in freshwater ecosystems.
Two scientists paddle on the Brandywine Creek in Pennsylvania during an algae bloom.
New Way to Trace Algae Origins Could ID Sources of Water Pollution
Real-time chlorophyll sensors can be used to determine the origins of algae in rivers and streams.