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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.

Faculty Members

Melissa A. L. Clark

Senior Lecturer and Director of the Indiana Clean Lakes Program

Christopher B. Craft

Janet Duey Professor in Rural Land Policy

Hendrik (Henk) Haitjema

Professor Emeritus

Kimberly A. Novick

Assistant Professor

Todd V. Royer

Associate Professor

Joseph Shaw

Associate Professor

Jeffrey R. White

Professor and Director, Integrated Program in the Environment

Faculty Research

Tiny fish provides giant insight into how organisms adapt to changing environment

An Indiana University-Dartmouth College team has identified genes and regulatory patterns that allow some organisms to alter their body form in response to environmental change.

NSF grant to fund study of snowmelt-dependent agricultural systems

Multidisciplinary team led by IU professor Elinor Ostrom to conduct research on impact of climate change, capacity for adaptation

Study finds insecticidal protein from genetically engineered corn is present in Indiana streams

The study suggests a need for better understanding of whether agricultural practices may produce unexpected effects on the environment.

Tidal Marshes Compared for Effectiveness in Improving Quality of Estuaries

Professor Christopher Craft is co-author of an article published in the May/June issue of the Soil Science Society of America Journal.

Researchers discover high levels of algal toxins in Indiana lakes

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.

Effects of sea-level rise on tidal marsh ecosystems

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.