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Summer Internship Opportunity: Ecosystems

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The Ecosystems Group at Stroud Water Research Center is seeking a current or recently graduated science major to serve as laboratory and field assistant in a variety of projects.

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Ghosts of landuse past: legacy effects of milldams for riparian nitrogen (N) processing and water quality functions

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Inamdar, S., M. Peipoch, A. Gold, E. Lewis, J. Hripto, M. Sherman, K. Addy, D. Merritts, J. Kan, et al. 2021. Environmental Research Letters, early online access.

Evaluating the Effects of Watershed-Scale Agricultural Best Management Practices on Water Quality

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In early 2020, a number of agricultural best management practices will be implemented on Amish farms in Lancaster County, Pa. The farms are nested in a small watershed drained by…

Mitigating Agricultural Pollution of Fresh Water and Combating Climate Change by Restoring Soil Health Through Conservation and Organic Agricultural Practices

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Conventional agricultural activities (plowing, disking, synthetic fertilizer use, widespread pesticide application) have contributed to poor soil health, reduced rainfall infiltration and storage, increased stormwater runoff and export of sediment, nutrients,…

Transforming Water Quality in the Sharitz Run Headwaters of Brandywine Creek

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This Watershed Renaissance Initiative grant will enable Stroud Water Research Center to implement extensive watershed restoration projects designed to capture and control excess water and sediment production from agricultural hillslopes.…

Phytoplankton Dynamics at the Brandywine River

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Using high-frequency sensors, canoe field trips, and watershed monitoring, our team is trying to understand how much and how fast can algae grow in the water column of the Brandywine…

Monitoring Fish Populations and Stream Habitat Quality for the National Park Service

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For this project, scientists are monitoring 37 sites distributed among 10 parks in the National Capital Region Network. At each site, our team performs a standard biological stream monitoring to…

Low-head Milldams as Hotspots for Denitrification and Nitrogen Consumption: Hydrologic and Biogeochemical Controls

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Dam removal, especially low-head milldams, have increased in recent years with the highest removal rate in the mid-Atlantic U.S. While improvement in fish habitat and reduction in financial liability have…

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A Small Farm Offers Big Opportunities for Measuring Watershed Restoration Success

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Stream restorations rarely get monitored rigorously enough to determine if the “patient” has fully recovered.

Spotlight on Stephanie Bernasconi

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Bernasconi originally wanted to be a marine biologist but a semester on a sailing ship convinced her to stick to studying fresh water.