Global Change, Freshwater 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 global change, with emphasis on surface water bodies and watersheds, often using data-intensive approaches to understand large-scale pattern and process. Interests include freshwater-climate interactions, watershed biogeochemistry, interactions between ecosystem types (e.g., river-lake connections), environmental data synthesis methods, dams, seasonal cycles, and the “food-energy-water nexus.”

Would you like to know more about legacy phosphorus? Long-term ecological time series? Tools and principles for data-intensive collaborations? Implications of ice loss? Spatial and temporal patterns in reservoirs, their tributaries, or reservoir-fed rivers?
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Selected Publications

Cavaliere E, Fournier IB, Hazukova V, Rue GP, Sadro S, Berger SA, Cotner JB, Dugan HA, Hampton SE, Lottig NR, McMeans BC, Ozersky T, Powers SM, Rautio M, O’Reilly CM. 2021. The lake ice continuum concept: Influence of winter conditions on energy and ecosystem dynamics. Journal of Geophysical Research- Biogeosciences (JGRB)

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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