The River Basin Center works in three broad areas: a) Conservation of ecology of aquatic ecosystems; b) Applied research on aquatic system stressors and development of appropriate management tools; c) policy development and outreach.
With over 60 affiliates from 19 different University of Georgia units, and $2,900,000 in active grants from external funders, these projects represent a small array of our current and past work.
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Freshwater crabs play an important role in the breakdown of nutrients from natural materials that fall into streams, but few studies have looked into exactly how their relationships with other detritivores and the leaf litter itself impacts ecosystems.
Graduate student Denzell Cross builds on past research to monitor how urban aquatic insect communities change over time.
Researcher Amy Rosemond studies how nutrient uptake in streams impacts carbon processing
Researcher Nandita Gaur uses tomography to map nutrient pathways from septic systems into Lake Lanier
Researchers Seth Wenger and Amy Rosemond examine the consequences of climate warming on how the carbon contained in leaves, fallen trees, and other natural materials is processed within streams.
Researcher Brian Bledsoe redefines the term 100-year flood and develops maps that more accurately depict flood risk
Researcher David Radcliffe is tracking the input of phosphorus to Lake Lanier, Atlanta’s water supply through groundwater measurements, lake sampling, and modeling.
Graduate students Hailey Yondo and Jenna Haag map the supply and demand of Georgia’s trout fishery in space and time
Researcher Krista Capps is organizing scientific data and building relationships between decision makers to enhance local understanding of existing water infrastructure
Mary Freeman and Seth Wenger are working to improve the understanding of how dams, water withdrawals and other flow modifications affect fish populations.
As part of a project for the Georgia Environmental Restoration Association (GERA), River Basin Center researchers Jon Skaggs and Katie Hill are investigating whether 404 permit holders are following through on Clean Water Act requirements for mitigation to physical impacts on streams and wetlands.
Dr. Stacey Lance is working to identify suitable habitat for Carolina gopher frogs, a species identified as endangered in the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama, and to survey existing populations on private lands.
USGS researcher Mary Freeman tracks freshwater fish populations in southeastern streams
Katie Hill, an affiliate of UGA’s River Basin Center and research professional in the Planning and Environmental Services unit at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia is investigating how communities can adapt to climate change challenges.
Dr. Susan Wilde recently characterized a new toxin that is made by the novel cyanobacteria and kills waterfowl and birds of prey
Streamlining the GDOT consultation process to help support imperiled aquatic species.
Promoting healthy environments for vulnerable communities.
Dr. Catherine Pringle and Dr. Alan Covich collaborated on a study on the effects of global climate change, specifically extreme weather events, on ropical stream ecosystems in Puerto Rico.
As climate change causes rising temperatures and changes in rainfall across the planet, Dr. Don Nelson is shedding light on the differing values of populations in Northeastern Brazil to inform future water management decisions.