RESEARCH

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 lpomerle@uga.edu.

ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICUM PROJECTS

FINAL PROJECTS FROM PRACTICUM CLASS 2014 9 Element Watershed Management Plan, Environmental Practicum, 2014. Education and Restoration Suggestions for Toccoa Falls College, James Ammons, Sumner Gann, Laura Keys, Chris Morphis, Laurie Fowler. Environmental Practicum, 2014. Memo: Case Analysis of the Legality of Stormwater Utility Charges in Georgia, Tyler Cashbaugh, Environmental Practicum, 2014. Memo:  Case Analysis of … Continue reading ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICUM PROJECTS

THE BREAKDOWN ON CRABS

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.  

INSECTS THROUGH THE AGES

Graduate student Denzell Cross builds on past research to monitor how urban aquatic insect communities change over time.

SACRED WATERS: THE OKEFENOKEE IN PERIL

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

UGA Researchers working on the Tybee Island Back River Study

Flood Resilience for the City of Tybee Island: The Tybee Island Back River Study

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

The Fate of Carbon in Warmer Waters

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.

Septic System Effects on Lake Lanier

Researcher David Radcliffe is tracking the input of phosphorus to Lake Lanier, Atlanta’s water supply through groundwater measurements, lake sampling, and modeling.

Mapping Septic in Athens-Clarke County

Researcher Krista Capps is organizing scientific data and building relationships between decision makers to enhance local understanding of existing water infrastructure

Mitigation Compliance Report

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.

The Search for Gopher Frogs

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.

SUPPORTING POLICY IN THE FACE OF SEA LEVEL RISE

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.

“Distinctive Connectivities of Near-Stream and Watershed-Wide Land Uses Differentially Degrade Rural Aquatic Ecosystems”

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”

The Impacts of Drought on Puerto Rican Streams

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.

Creating a Sustainable Future for the Upper Floridan Aquifer in Florida and Georgia

Lainie Pomerleau, Phd | lpomerle@uga.edu 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

Ethics Of Water Legislation In Brazil

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.