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.

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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.

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.


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.

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.

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.