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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

Three researchers seated on the ground and one standing collect samples from a rainfall simulator.
After the Harvest, the Rain Must Come
Researchers at Stroud Water Research Center are using a rainfall simulator to assess how farming practices affect water quality in our streams and rivers.
The Bug Whisperer: Dave Funk Decodes Mysteries of Mayflies and Other Clean-Water Lovers
The Bug Whisperer: Dave Funk Decodes Mysteries of Mayflies and Other Clean-Water Lovers
Funk's insatiable curiousity has served him well during 45 years as a instrumental player on landmark freshwater studies at the Stroud Center.
A motor boat on the Choptank River, with its wake and a bridge in the distance.
Sediment Sleuthing: Microbe DNA May Be Key to Restoring an Estuary Near You
Stroud Center science teams are collecting river DNA samples to understand where sediment pollution comes from and the best ways to fight it.
Scientists Explore the Power of Hemp and Better Farming Methods to Build Healthy Soils and Protect Clean Water
Scientists Explore the Power of Hemp and Better Farming Methods to Build Healthy Soils and Protect Clean Water
Two recent field days gave us an opportunity to present updates on research projects examining the connection between farming methods, healthy soils, and clean fresh water.
Research technicians weigh, identify, and record fish and amphibians sampled during a stream survey.
National Park Service Taps Stroud Center Team to Review Water Quality Data
“We are really leaning on Stroud to provide the aquatic ecology piece, to help us put data into context and advance our understanding of watershed health.”
Katie Billé working with a composite macroinvertebrate sample next to a stream.
What Do Yoga, Creek Swimming, and Mystery Author Agatha Christie Have in Common?
Katie Billé left the Stroud Center to pursue a graduate degree in aquatic ecology. With that goal completed, she has returned for a second go at her dream job.