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Stream Water Quality and Ecosystem Health

A multidisciplinary team of researchers in the Statler College have been conducting stream monitoring and watershed assessment to evaluate anthropogenic activities on aquatic ecosystems. Applications range from analyzing chemical spills, the impact of fecal contamination on surface water quality through microbial source tracking, and monitoring waterways affected by acid mine drainage.  

Affiliated Faculty

Recent Publications

  1. M. H. Ahmed and L.-S. Lin, Dissolved oxygen concentration predictions for running waters with different land use land cover using a random forest machine learning technique, Science of the Total Environment, submitted Nov. 2020 (under review).
  2. C. Guo, Y. Chen, W. Xia, X. Qu, H. Yuan, S. Xie, L.-S. Lin, Eutrophication and heavy metal pollution patterns in the water suppling lakes of China’s south-to-north water diversion project, Science of the Total Environment , 711, 134543, 2020,
  3. Abdul-Aziz, O.I. and *Ahmed, S. (2019). “Evaluating the emergent controls of stream water quality with similitude and dimensionless numbers.” ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering,24(5): 04019010. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001769.
  4. Abdul-Aziz, O.I. and *Ahmed, S. (2017). “Relative linkages of stream water quality and environmental health with the land use and hydrologic drivers in the coastal-urban watersheds of southeast Florida.”: 10.1002/2017GH000058
  5. Abdul-Aziz, O.I. and *Al-Amin, S. (2015). “Climate, land use and hydrologic sensitivities of stormwater quantity and quality in a complex coastal-urban watershed.” Urban Water Journal, doi: 10.1080/1573062X.2014.991328.
  6. Abdul-Aziz, O.I. and *Ishtiaq, K.S. (2014). “Robust empirical modeling of dissolved oxygen in small rivers and streams: Scaling by a single reference observation.” Journal of Hydrology , 511: 648–657. .
  7. K. M. Buzby, T. P. West, N. L. Waterland and L.-S. Lin, Remediation of flow-through trout raceway effluent via aquaponics, North American Journal of Aquaculture, 79(1), 53–60, 2017.
  8. J. Weidhaas, L.-S. Lin, K. Buzby, and X. Li, Biodegradation of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) and propylene glycol phenyl ether (PPH) in river microcosms and activated sludge, Journal of Environmental Engineering-ASCE , 142(11), 2016, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001133.
  9. K. M. Buzby, N. L. Waterland, K. J. Semmens and L.-S. Lin, Evaluating aquaponic crops in a flow-through fish culture system, Aquaculture, 460, 15-24, 2016.
  10. J. Pitchford, M. Strager, A. Riley, L.-S. Lin, and J. T. Anderson, Modelling Streambank Erosion potential using maximum entropy in a central Appalachian watershed, International Association of Hydrological Sciences , 367, 122-127, 2014.
  11. K. M. Buzby, and L.-S. Lin, Scaling Aquaponic Systems: Balancing Plant Uptake with Fish Output, Aquacultural Engineering, 63, 39-44, 2014.