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Who we are

The River Basin Center connects freshwater science to management and policy. Although affiliated with the Odum School of Ecology, it is known for an interdisciplinary approach; its members are drawn from units across the University of Georgia.

River Basin Center faculty, staff and students work on aquatic management issues around the globe, but the center maintains an emphasis on the southeastern US.

Our mission

Our goal is the sustainable management of aquatic resources and ecosystems.

Our mission
 is to produce and disseminate the knowledge and tools for sustainable management of aquatic resources and ecosystems through applied scientific and policy research, and by training the next generation of managers and researchers.

Find our strategic plan here: 2020 Strategic Plan

Areas of research

The River Basin Center works in three broad areas: (a) Conservation ecology of aquatic ecosystems; (b) Applied research on aquatic system stressors and development of appropriate management tools; (c) Policy development and outreach.

Find our annual reports here: 2019 Annual Report, 2020 Annual Report, 2021 Annual Report, or 2022 Annual Report

Contact us

Please contact with questions. Contact intern Gabriel Stephenson ( to reserve our conference room for meetings.

Front desk: 706-583-0463

Our location

203 D. W. Brooks Drive, Athens, GA 30602
However, RBC members have offices across the University of Georgia campus.