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Luna Leopold, one of the early pioneers of watershed science, said “the health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land.” His statement highlights the importance of connectivity between the landscape and riverine systems, suggesting that water quality is the summation of hydrologic transport processes across a watershed. My research program embraces this idea by examining hydrologic connectivity and associated biogeochemical processing. Working collaboratively with several different interdisciplinary teams, this work has been conducted along a continuum of hydrologic connectivity (e.g., upland wetlands, headwater riparian zones, and large-river floodplains) and at multiple scales (e.g., individual wetland, reach, and watershed). The overarching theme of our work has been to identify management variables to improve downstream water quality, and ultimately, enable the larger scientific and management communities to better address complex problems at interfase of social and environmental systems.
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