PSU Hosts UNH Water Chemistry Researcher March 12

February 29th, 2008 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-An expert on dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in stream water that drains forested watersheds will be the featured speaker at Plymouth State University’s Environmental Science Colloquium March 12. The Colloquium will be held in room 001 of Boyd Science Center at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Why study DOC? It is an important component of maintaining healthy water chemistry in freshwater systems and they are also a primary food source in the aquatic food web. Bill McDowell, Professor of Water Resources Management, Department of Natural Resources, and Director of NH Water Resources Research Center, University of New Hampshire, will review almost 30 years of work studying DOC and its importance to healthy waterways and watersheds.

McDowell has authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications on nitrogen and carbon dynamics in streams and watersheds. A current area of interest is the effects of suburbanization on water quality and stream ecology. He conducts long-term research in New Hampshire, Czech, and Puerto Rican watersheds, and is a co-investigator on a major EPA grant funded to Steve Kahl in the PSU Center for the Environment. Dr. McDowell has a B.A. from Amherst College and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or Bruce Lyndes