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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appoints Mark Rains as the Chief Science Officer for the State of Florida

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Undergraduate Researcher Pursues Interest in Groundwater

Anna Feldman, former Hollings Scholar co-hosted by the USF Ecohydrology Lab and Kachemak Bay National Estuary Research Reserve is excited to start graduate school Fall 2021 at the Yale School of the Environment. Her Hollings Scholar research project was focused on assessment of risks to groundwater resources in the Lower Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Undergraduate Research Context »

LeAnne awarded two fellowships and 1st place for research!

Spring 2021 was notable for PhD candidate Leanne Stepchinski. After being awarded (virtually) the first annual Karen D. Harro Scholarship for outstanding female students in Geology, she was additionally awarded the Genshaft Doctoral Fellowship AND earned 1st place in the Physical and Life Sciences category of the USF Gradute Student Research Symposium - Leanne's profile »

Funding Awarded to Study New Technology to Combat Harmful Algal Blooms

The Ecohydrology Research Group is part of a team awarded $1 million by The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Sept 2020 to research new techniques for prevention and control of harmful algal blooms in Lake Okeechobee. - View News Release

Recent Alum Employed as a Hydrologist

Mary Gerlach (M.S. Geology 2020) has recently been hired by Intera, a geosciences and engineering consulting firm, to work as a Hydrologist. Mary conducted her graduate research with the USF Ecohydrology Research Group, using well logs and geospatial data to predict the locations of groundwater discharge to salmon-bearing streams.

Collaborative Efforts Result in an Animation and StoryMap

Undergraduate students Eric Kastelic (Geology, USF) and Spencer Gordon (Digital Design, University of Rochester) collaborate with Drs. Kai and Mark Rains to produce animations and story map resources to promote understanding of the importance of groundwater resources to people and ecosystems.

Graduate Student Secures Internships

Chelsea Mackin secures not one, but TWO, environmental internships her final semester of graduate school. Chelsea is interning with the City of Portland, Maine, Office of Sustainability and with the McHarg Center, Univeristy of Pennsylvania Climate + Community Project. She is working on projects related to climate change and energy efficiency. Chelsea's profile »

Undergraduate Hollings Scholars Will Conduct Summer Research with the Ecohydrology Research Group

The Ecohydrology Research Group is pleased to announce we will be working closely with two NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholars on summer research projects related to our ongoing work on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska: Jesica Lambert from Princeton University and Everett Craddock from Louisiana State Univeristy. Both have been awarded positions with Kachemak Bay National Research Reserve. Project Context »

Mark Rains was the Featured Speaker in the School of Geosciences Colloquium Series

Mark spoke on our long-time collaborative work with scientists and stakeholders in southcentral Alaska. The title of the talk was "Groundwater Subsidies to Salmonid Streams: A Decade+ of Collaborative Science and Outcomes in Alaska" - View Video

Graduate Student Awarded Two-Year Fellowship from NOAA to Pursue Cross-Disciplinary Research in Alaska

Edgar Javier Guerrón Orejuela has been awarded a Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship from NOAA to further his research at the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Homer, Alaska. This two-year fellowship is awarded to students to "address a key coastal management question to help scientists and communities understand coastal challenges that may influence future policy and management strategies".

Recent Alum Granted Professional Certification by the Society of Wetland Scientists

Stephanie Lawlor, MS graduate 2019, obtained certification as a Wetland Professional in Training by the Society of Wetland Scientists. Stephanie conducted her thesis research on changes in historical drainage density and wetland distribution, (1850 to 2004), in St Lucie County, FL.

The Ecohydrology Research Group and the U.S. Supreme Court

Mark Rains and three colleagues, backed by eight scientific societies and in collaboration with a national legal team, wrote an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States on a case involving the Clean Water Act. The case, County of Maui, Petitioner, v. Hawai’i Wildlife Fund; Sierra Club-Maui Group; Surfrider Foundation; West Maui Preservation Association, Respondents (2020), was argued in Fall 2019 and decided in Spring 2020. In a 6-3 decision, the Court closed a massive loophole in the Clean Water Act, affirming for the first time that pollutants that travel through groundwater and then emerge into surface waters are in fact covered by the Clean Water Act. This ruling is important affirmation of the role of science in sound federal policy and decision-making. Justice Breyer, writing for the majority, cited our amicus brief while clearly laying out the scientific justification for the Court's decision. The full court opinion can be found here: County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund

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