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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

For Marty Hamel, fishing isn’t just a hobby, or even a sport. It’s how he collects data for his research projects. The subjects of his research range from huge sturgeon to almost microscopic ear stones.
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. 
The Clean Water Act of 1972 remains the guiding legislation for regulating America’s water quality. But new research from the University of Georgia suggests parts of it may not be working.The study found that Clean Water Act regulations haven’t significantly reduced the amount of nonpoint source nutrient pollution in America’s waterways.
Few nutrients are as fundamental to or ubiquitous in modern life as nitrogen and phosphorus. As fertilizers, they form the bedrock of our global agricultural systems—but at a cost to our waterways.