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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

Delaware River Watershed Initiative Pollution Assessment: Stage 2 Project Report

Aufdenkampe, A.K., D.B. Arscott, B. Evans, L. Perez. 2024. Stroud Water Research Center Report #2024-001.

Achieving success with RISE: A widely implementable, iterative, structured process for mastering interdisciplinary team science collaborations

Mather, M.E., G. Granco, J.S. Bergtold, M.M. Caldas, J.L. Heier Stamm, A.Y. Sheshukov, M.R. Sanderson, and M.D. Daniels. 2023. BioScience, biad097.

Depth shapes microbiome assembly and network stability in the Mariana Trench

Li, Y., J. Kan, F. Liu, K. Lian, Y. Liang, H. Shao, A. McMinn, H. Wang, and M. Wang. 2023. Microbiology Spectrum, e02110-23.

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Freshwater Research News

Abigail Thayer with mountains in the background.
2014 REU Participant to Research Climate Change Using Ice Cores
Abigail Thayer, a Research Experience for Undergraduates participant at the Stroud Center, learned about researching Earth’s Critical Zone.
Group photo of 2015 research experience for undergraduates and teachers program.
Summer Research Program Boosts Confidence, Shapes Careers
“Hydrosphere! Lithosphere! Atmosphere! Biosphere!” students and teachers shouted during orientation for this summer’s Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) Research Experience for Undergraduates and Teachers (REU/RET). As a means to understand each
Jinjun Kan working in the microbiology laboratory.
Study Will Investigate Storm Impacts on Fresh Water
The Stroud Center will measure the huge amount sediment-associated nitrogen flushed downstream during intense storms, and investigate what happens to it.
2015 Society for Freshwater Science conference logo.
Sharing Our Science: Summer 2015
In May, Stroud Water Research Center scientists attended the weeklong annual meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
A stream cascade in Lofty Creek, Pennsylvania.
Grant Supports Total Watershed Restoration to Reduce Flooding, Improve Habitat
The Stroud Center will restore Sharitz Run, a tributary to Doe Run in the headwaters of the Brandywine Creek near Coatesville and Unionville, Pennsylvania.
Denis Newbold and Bern Sweeney
Study: 100-Foot Wide Forest Keeps Streams Healthy
New literature review shows streamside forest buffers should be at least 100 feet wide on each side to protect freshwater ecosystems from human activities.