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Moving Freshwater Science Forward

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

Arsenic and mercury distribution in an aquatic food chain: importance of femtoplankton and picoplankton filtration fractions

Alowaifeer, A.M., S. Clingenpeel, J. Kan, P.E. Bigelow, M. Yoshinaga, B. Bothner, and T.R. McDermott. 2022. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, early online access.

Stream nitrogen uptake associated with suspended sediments: a microcosm study

Bacmeister, E., E. Peck, S. Bernasconi, S. Inamdar, J. Kan, and M. Peipoch. 2022. Frontiers in Environmental Science 20.

Deciphering the diversity and distribution of chromophytic phytoplankton in the Bohai Sea and the Yellow Sea via RuBisCO genes (rbcL)

Pujariabe, L., J. Kan, Y. Xin, G. Zhang, M.A. Noman, S. Nilajkar, and J. Sun. 2022. Marine Pollution Bulletin 184, early online access.

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Freshwater Research News

Summer Internship Opportunity: Entomology
Summer Internship Opportunity: Entomology
We’re seeking current or recently graduated science majors to serve as laboratory assistants in a biological water-quality analysis of sites in the Schuylkill and Delaware River basins.
Sylvie Randall examines a tiny catfish in a sample vessel.
The Tiny Things We Cannot See: Sylvie Randall Explores the Threats and Promises of Microbes
“Everyone uses science whether they know it or not,” says Randall. And it’s needed to tackle the world’s greatest challenges.
Aerial image of reforestation efforts along the east branch of White Clay Creek from 1937 to 2015.
How Data Can Help Win the Fight Against Climate Change
Stroud Center scientists are amassing long-term data on streams and rivers that will help build resilience against the impacts of climate change.
Ask a Scientist From Stroud Water Research Center
Ask a Scientist: Jinjun Kan
For our first installment of Ask a Scientist, we check in with Jinjun Kan, Ph.D., associate research scientist and principal investigator of the Microbiology Group at Stroud Water Research Center.
Rachel Johnson, Dan Myers, and David Bressler at the“Empowering the Next Generation of Women Closing the Gender Gap" event.
The Secret to Getting More Women and Girls in STEM? Stroud Center Sponsors Group at STEM Gender Gap Event
Women represent nearly half of the U.S. workforce but only 27% of STEM workers. The Stroud Center is aiming to change that in its area of influence: freshwater science.
Photo of three kayakers on the Schuylkill River.
What’s the Ecological Status of the Schuylkill River?
Learn about a community science project that documented the river’s health through a volunteer survey and scientific water quality assessment.