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About our 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.

The River Basin Center includes over 80 affiliates from 27 different University of Georgia units and $6,400,000 in active grants from external funders.

To learn more about River Basin Center research or request a project description of your own work, email

Research Stories

Multiple RBC affiliates, along with Director Seth Wenger and Associate Director Krista Capps, recently published a paper on the effects of urbanization along I-85, as well as suggestions for the continued water management of one of the United States' most vital interstate arteries.
A new study co-authored by RBC Associate Director Krista Capps and Affiliate J.P. Schmidt gathered data from 550 rivers across 40 countries and found that human intervention increases the rate of decomposition of plant matter, depriving freshwater life of food at a faster rate than usual, as well as potentially exacerbating climate
Affiliates Brock Woodson and Jeb Byers recently coauthored a publication on successful oyster reef breakwaters.
Water has always been an undercurrent in Adam Orford’s life and career, and the attorney now serves as UGA’s environmental law professor.
Dr. Charlotte Garing has been awarded a grant of $1,177,779 from the Major Research Instrument program of the National Science Foundation.
In a grant project focused on levee setbacks, UGA scientists are filling a critical gap in biodiversity benefit assessment for USACE.
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