Ecohydrology Research Group University of South Florida - School of Geosciences

The Ecohydrology Research Group was formed in Fall 2003. Our research is focused on hydrological connectivity from ridges to reefs, especially between hillslopes, wetlands, and headwater streams; the roles that hydrological processes play in governing ecosystem structure and function; and the roles that science plays in informing water-related law, policy, and decision-making. We pursue these efforts in a variety of surface-water and shallow groundwater environments, including wetlands, headwater streams, rivers, and estuaries. Our research is focused on the hydrological sciences, but often extends into the ecological sciences and has sociopolitical implications. Therefore, collaborations are essential to our success.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Kastelic E, Rains K, Rains M, Gordon S (2021) GPS: Groundwater, People, and Salmon Animation and StoryMap
  • Sullivan, SMP, Rains, M, Rodewald, AD, Buzbee, WW, Rosemond, AD, (2020) Distorting science, putting water at risk. Science 369: 766-768.
  • Neff, BP, Rosenberry, DO, Leibowitz SG, Mushet DM, Golden HE, Rains, MC, Brooks JR, Lane CR, (2020) A hydrologic landscapes perspective on groundwater connectivity of depressional wetlands. Water doi:10.3390/w12010050
  • Flower, H , Rains, M, Fitz, C, Orem, W, Newman, S, Osborne, T, Ramesh Reddy, K, & Obeysekera, J, (2019) Shifting Ground: Landscape-Scale Modeling of Biogeochemical Processes under Climate Change in the Florida Everglades Environmental Management 64: 416-435.
  • Thorslund J, Cohen MJ, Jawitz JW, Destouni G, Creed IF, Rains, M, Badiou P, and Jarsjö J (2018). Solute evidence for hydrological connectivity of geographically isolated wetlands. Land Degradation and Development 29: 3954-3962.
  • Creed, IF, Lane CL, Alexander L, Basu NB, Calhoun A, Cohen MJ, Craft C, D’Amico E, DeKeyser E, Fowler L, Golden HE, Jawitz JW, Kalla P, Kirkman LK, Lang M, Leibowitz S, Lewis DB, Marton J, McLaughlin DL, Raanan-Kiperwas H, Rains MC, Rains KC, Smith L, Serran JN (2017) Enhancing protections for vulnerable waters. Nature Geoscience doi:10.1038/ngeo3041
  • Rains, MC, MJ Cohen, HE Golden, KC Rains (2017) Connecting the dots: Hydrologic connectivity between wetlands and other wetlands and waterbodies. Water Resources IMPACT 19(2) 9-10.
  • Callahan, MK, DK Whigham, M.C. Rains, KC Rains, RS King CM Walker, JR Maurer, SJ Baird (2017) Nitrogen subsidies from hillslope alder stands to streamside wetlands and headwater streams, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Journal of the American Water Resources Association. doi:10.1111/1752-1688.12508
  • Flower, H., Rains, M & Fitz, C (2017) Visioning the Future: Scenarios modeling of the Florida Coastal Everglades. Environmental Management doi:10.1007/s00267-017-0916-2
  • Flower, H, Rains, M, Lewis, D, Zhang, JZ, & Price, R (2017) Saltwater intrusion as potential driver of phosphorus release from limestone bedrock in a coastal aquifer. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 184, 166-176.
  • Flower, H, Rains M, Lewis D, and Zhang JZ (2017) Rapid and intense phosphate desorption kinetics when saltwater intrudes into carbonate rock. Estuaries and Coasts doi:10.1007/s12237-017-0228-z.