Global Change, Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis

Research group led by Stephen M Powers, assistant professor, Department of Biology and Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research (CRASR) at Baylor University, Texas, USA

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We study ecosystems and global change, with emphasis on surface water bodies and watersheds, often using data-intensive approaches to understand large-scale pattern and process. Interests include water-climate linkages, watershed biogeochemistry, environmental data synthesis methods, spatial limnology, sensors, seasonal cycles, dams, and the “food-energy-water nexus.”

Would you like to know more about spatial and temporal patterns in aquatic systems? Consequences of ice loss and warming? Legacy phosphorus? Tools and principles for data-intensive collaborations?
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Selected Publications

Powers SM, Barnard MB, Macleod MS, Miller MA, Wagner ND. 2023. Spatially intensive patterns of water clarity in reservoirs determined rapidly with sensor-equipped boats and satellites. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences

Powers SM, Fradkin SC, Baccus W, Archambault C, Boetsch JR, Brousil MB, Lofgren R, Rawhouser A, Hampton SE. 2022. Summer ecosystem structure in mountain lakes linked to interannual variability of lake ice, snowpack, and landscape attributes. Limnology & Oceanography

Powers SM, Chowdhury RB, MacDonald GK, Metson GS, Beusen AHW, Bouwman AF, Hampton SE, Mayer BK, McCrackin ML, Vaccari DA. 2019. Global opportunities to increase agricultural independence through phosphorus recycling. Earth’s Future | dataset

Powers SM and Hampton SE. 2019. Open science, reproducibility, and transparency in ecology. Ecological Applications

Powers SM, Baulch H, Hampton SE, Labou SG, Lottig NR, Stanley EH. 2017. Nitrification contributes to winter oxygen depletion in seasonally frozen forested lakes. Biogeochemistry | winter chemical limnology dataset

Powers SM, Bruulsema TW, Burt TP, Chan N, Elser JJ, Haygarth PM, Howden NJK, Jarvie HP, Lyu Y, Peterson HM, Sharpley AN, Shen J, Worrall J, Zhang F. 2016. Long-term accumulation & transport of anthropogenic phosphorus in three river basins. Nature Geoscience | Feature in Science for Environment Policy | press release 1 | press release 2

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