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Our Global Research Efforts

The establishment of Maritza Biological Station marked the beginning of increasingly far-flung travels for Stroud™ Water Research Center researchers and educators, which over the next 30 years would take them literally around the world: to conduct research on the Amazon and Congo rivers and the streams of Papua New Guinea; to lead education workshops in Peru and organize a Leaf Pack group in Kenya in collaboration with Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai’s Green Belt Movement; and most recently, to journey to the bucolic country of Bhutan, high in the Himalayas, to assess water-quality conditions and help set up monitoring and citizen-science programs to enable local communities to protect their freshwater sources, which are at once an enormous economic asset and a fragile natural ecosystem.


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International Research and Education News

A purple martin with a large dragonfly in its beak.
Follow the Martin! Migration Sensor Network Tracks Bird From Our Backyard to Central America
When wildlife-tracking telemetry towers were installed in Pennsylvania and Costa Rica, a purple martin reminded us of the connections between the temperate and tropical watersheds we study.
Stream Reach: Building Communities from White Clay Creek to the Yangtze Basin
Stream Reach: Building Communities from White Clay Creek to the Yangtze Basin
To truly make a difference requires, not only understanding freshwater systems, but working with all kinds of communities to protect them.
An Introduction to Tropical Stream Research
An Introduction to Tropical Stream Research
Stroud Center scientists introduced six board members to Maritza Biological Station and the importance of our water research in the tropics.
Photo of a rainbow near Maritza Biological Station, Costa Rica
Field Notes From Our Work in Costa Rica
A team of five Stroud Center scientists worked under the rainbows of the Orosí Volcano in Costa Rica to survey a dozen streams.
Video still of a tapir enjoying the rain
“Caught” at Maritza: Tapir Enjoying the Rain
Rafa Morales Cueto, field station manager at Maritza Biological Station, filmed this tapir enjoying the rain while swimming in Río Tempisquito.
Scott Ensign in the lowland dry forest near Maritza
Meet Scott Ensign, New Assistant Director
Ensign comes to the Stroud Center at a unique point in its history. “Many of the legendary scientists who made the Stroud Center famous are retired, and the next generation