Hydrology & Water Resources
Water resources is a broad, interdisciplinary field that includes hydrology, water quality, and aquatic ecology. At SPEA, faculty engage in research across the spectrum of water resources, often interacting with colleagues in law, economics, and public policy.
Senior Lecturer and Director of the Indiana Clean Lakes Program
Janet Duey Professor in Rural Land Policy
Professor and Director, Integrated Program in the Environment
Multidisciplinary team led by IU professor Elinor Ostrom to conduct research on impact of climate change, capacity for adaptation
The study suggests a need for better understanding of whether agricultural practices may produce unexpected effects on the environment.
Professor Christopher Craft is co-author of an article published in the May/June issue of the Soil Science Society of America Journal.
A team of SPEA researchers, led by professor Bill Jones, has discovered detectable levels of microcystin, a toxin produced by several common species of cyanobacteria, in 68 percent of a sample of Indiana lakes and reservoirs. That's higher than twice the rate at which microcystin was found in a nationwide survey conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The national survey found microcystins in 32 percent of lakes and reservoirs.
The coastal wetlands in the U.S. are essential to the ecological and economic health of many communities. They serve as habitats for many birds and animals, they filter out many pesticides and pollutants sent "downriver," and they protect shorelines from the worst impacts of storms and flooding. However, predicted rising sea levels due to climate change have raised many questions about what will happen to the nation's shorelines. Through the support of the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, Professor Chris Craft and a team of researchers examine the coastline marshes of the southeast to determine their susceptibility to climate change. They came away with a model that may predict the future picture of our nation's coastal wetlands.