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.
The River Basin Center includes over 70 affiliates from 21 different University of Georgia units and $5,200,000 in active grants from external funders.
To learn more about River Basin Center research or request a project description of your own work, email UGARiverbasincenter@uga.edu.
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
Twin Pines Minerals LLC has proposed a titanium mine adjacent to the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. RBC affiliate Rhett Jackson recently conducted a scientific evaluation of two of the hydrologic reports prepared for the proposed mine. Click here to read Dr. Jackson’s review. Learn more about efforts to protect the Okefenokee Swamp here.
RBC affiliates Rhett Jackson and Lori Sutter are featured in Sacred Waters: The Okefenokee in Peril, a documentary about the current titanium mining threat facing Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Sacred Waters is presented by the Okefenokee Protection Alliance (OPA), a coalition of more than 40 organizations, with the support of the National Parks Conservation Association. … Continue reading SACRED WATERS: THE OKEFENOKEE IN PERIL
Researcher Nandita Gaur uses tomography to map nutrient pathways from septic systems into Lake Lanier
Professor Alfie Vick was interviewed for this project profile. Dr. Vick is a long-standing faculty affiliate of UGA’s River Basin Center, as well as an innovative and creative licensed landscape architect and UGA faculty member. Vick’s interest in preserving and restoring nature within human dominated contexts can be traced back to his upbringing in the … Continue reading Flood Resilience for the City of Tybee Island: The Tybee Island Back River Study
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.
Dr. Darold Batzer thinks it’s time for a new approach to the field of wetland entomology. Batzer is a professor of entomology at the University of Georgia and a long-time affiliate of the River Basin Center. He has spent most of his career studying freshwater wetland entomology, and his work has helped define the field. … Continue reading Darold Batzer: A New Approach to Wetland Entomology
Written by Dr. Amy Rosemond, University of Georgia The EPA recently published its 2013-2014 assessment on national rivers and streams. The majority of U.S. streams and rivers are in fair to poor condition and non-point source pollution is worsening. We are fortunate that the US EPA, with states and tribes, conducts National Aquatic Resource Surveys … Continue reading US EPA National Rivers and Streams Assessment
Written by: Kristen Morales As the Flint River winds its way through west-central Georgia, its waters teem with one of the most diverse collection of fish anywhere in the country. But look a little more closely and you’ll see an important role some of these fish play. Not only are they an indicator of the … Continue reading FLINT RIVERQUARIUM PROJECT STUDIES JUVENILE MUSSELS AND THEIR HOST FISH
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
Courtesy of UGA’s Department of Geography RBC affiliate and UGA Geography professor David Leigh and a team of researchers review and synthesize spatially extensive studies of oligotrophic mountain streams in the rural Southern Appalachian Mountains, concluding that rural land-use activities significantly degrade water quality through altered and mostly enhanced landscape–stream connections, despite high forest retention. … Continue reading Distinctive connectivities of near-stream and watershed-wide land uses differentially degrade rural aquatic ecosystems
Researcher Krista Capps is organizing scientific data and building relationships between decision makers to enhance local understanding of existing water infrastructure
Written by Kristen Morales, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources The idea began to take shape in RBC affiliate’s John Maerz’s Animal Behavior class. Lizzy Ashley, an undergraduate Honors student majoring in ecology and biology, was looking for topics for her Honors program thesis. She also wanted to get some research experience and approached … Continue reading Helping turtles find their balance
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
A new BioScience article from RBC faculty affiliates Rhett Jackson, David Leigh, Amy Rosemond, and RBC Director Seth Wenger Congratulations to RBC faculty affiliates Rhett Jackson, David Leigh, Amy Rosemond, and RBC Director Seth Wenger on their recently published BioScience article, “Distinctive Connectivities of Near-Stream and Watershed-Wide Land Uses Differentially Degrade Rural Aquatic Ecosystems”! You … Continue reading “Distinctive Connectivities of Near-Stream and Watershed-Wide Land Uses Differentially Degrade Rural Aquatic Ecosystems”
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.
Written by Sarah Buckleitner | Photography by Andrew Nagy, Sarah Buckleitner Using local biodiversity to encourages conservation One of Andrew Nagy’s favorite things to do is wade into a local creek, dip his trusty D-net into the water, and learn more about the creatures he pulls up. A John Spencer Fellow in the Odum School of Ecology and … Continue reading Exploring the underwater world of Georgia’s creeks
Lainie Pomerleau, Phd | email@example.com Over 10 million people depend on the Floridan Aquifer for their freshwater. South Georgia relies on the Upper Floridan Aquifer – the portion of of the Floridan underlying south Georgia and north Florida – for drinking water, agriculture, and support for the fiber industry. The Floridan Aquifer Collaborative Engagement for … Continue reading Creating a Sustainable Future for the Upper Floridan Aquifer in Florida and Georgia
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.