Focal Research Areas

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.

For the five-year period running from 2015 to 2019, the RBC has identified eight focal areas:

  • Institutional options for managing scarce water resources.
  • Instream flow science and policy.
  • Water-associated diseases.
  • Sustainable coastal land use and wastewater management.
  • The effectiveness of current management strategies, such as stream restoration, widespread use of progressive stormwater management, and green infrastructure: what works, what doesn’t, and why?
  • Understanding and management of nutrients in freshwater.
  • Understanding and management of urban stream ecosystems.
  • Increasing land trust capacity to protect water resources.
Painting of the Altamaha River

Painting of the Altamaha River by Philip Juras