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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

Planktonic eukaryotes in the Chesapeake Bay: Contrasting responses of abundant and rare taxa to estuarine gradients

Hualong, W., F. Liu, M. Wang, Y. Bettarel, Y. Eissler, F. Chen, and J. Kan. 2024. Microbiology Spectrum, early online access.

Agricultural soil microbiomes differentiate in soil profiles with fertility source, tillage, and cover crops

Bier, R.L., M. Daniels, D. Oviedo-Vargas, M. Peipoch, J.R. Price, E. Omondi, A. Smith, and J. Kan. 2024. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, early online access.

Variation in freshwater insect osmoregulatory traits: A comparative approach

Cochran, J.K., S.E. Orr, D.H. Funk, A.C. Figurskey, M.H. Reiskind, and D.B. Buchwalter. 2024. Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology, early online access.

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Freshwater Research News

Melinda Daniels with experimental stream flumes.
Stroud Center’s Melinda Daniels Advances to Senior Research Scientist
Daniels’ fluvial geomorphology research has yielded meaningful discoveries across diverse human–environment interactions.
Aerial view of a braided wetland by U.S. EPA
Stroud Water Research Center Responds to the Sackett v. EPA Supreme Court Decision
The ruling has restricted the EPA’s jurisdiction over wetlands, and with that, its ability to protect them in accordance with the Clean Water Act.
Six Stroud Center staff members at a conference.
Sharing Our Science at the National Monitoring Conference
Along with networking and learning state-of-the-art water quality monitoring techniques, we presented our research to hundreds of water quality specialists.
Elisabeth Ruschmann standing near a stream.
High School Student’s Research Shows Salt Pollution of Fresh Water Has Tripled in 20 Years
Elisabeth Ruschmann monitored water quality in her community and made an “alarming” discovery. Now she’s focused on sustainable solutions.
People stand next to a vehicle on a dirt road to admire a tropical sunset.
Costa Rica Close-Up
Take a virtual trip to Maritza Biological Station, which houses one of the world's longest continuously running data collections from tropical freshwater ecosystems.
Bern Sweeney, 2023 Society of Freshwater Science Fellow
Bern Sweeney of the Stroud Center Named Society for Freshwater Science Fellow
Under his leadership, the Stroud Center became the only independent nonprofit, nonadvocacy research institution focused solely on the study of freshwater ecosystems.