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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

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.
Four scientists collect simulated rainfall from soil in a cornfield in White Clay Creek watershed.
Saving Streams With Good Science
Building trust in the scientific process starts with communicating our research to non-scientists. To that end, our scientists share snapshots of three long-term experiments.
A woman kneeling in a stream collects a rock scraping sample for microbial analysis.
We’ve Missed This! Stroud Center Resumes Fish Monitoring
It feels like a breath of fresh air for our research staff to resume our fish monitoring project in 37 streams of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
PFAS movement from points of use to farms and water.
Use Of Biosolids as Soil Amendments May Be a Pathway for PFAS Contamination of Soil, Water, and Ultimately, Our Food
To help understand the extent of this problem in Pennsylvania, scientists are looking at the occurrence and migration of biosolid-derived PFASs into soil and water on agricultural fields.