Research Projects

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The impact of headwater wildfire burns on material export to the coastal ocean
(2020 to present)
 While small watersheds are globally ubiquitous, their hydrologic and material export behavior is often poorly understood, due in large part to the paucity of direct observations. We know even less about how disturbances, like wildfire, alter watershed processes in these systems. We are conducting a baseline analysis of near-term wildfire impacts on coastal stream water exports of metals, nutrients, and particulates in five watersheds affected by varying degrees of wildfire.  

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Multi-scale changes in and controls on SF Bay-Delta carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry (2020 to present) 
This project is using long-term records of C and N stable isotope data to better understand multi-scale spatial and temporal changes in and master controls on C and N biogeochemistry in the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. 

Historical changes in river nitrate concentrations in relation to land use metrics (2018 to present)
 Long-term records of discharge and nitrate concentrations from select central coastal California rivers are being analyzed to evaluate the evolution of nitrate inputs in these systems and their possible relation to land use metrics. This information is critical to our understanding of nitrate dynamics in ecologically-important rivers and allows for the evaluation of management success in different watersheds.

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Geologic controls on baseflow generation and geochemistry: evidence of non-stationarity in baseflow sources (2018)
This project used snapshot sampling events of streamwater chemistry across the summer dry down period in a geologically complex coastal Californian watershed to better understand spatial controls on baseflow generation and dissolved carbon geochemistry.

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Biogeochemical controls on agricultural drainage geochemistry (2016 to 2018)
This project examines the dominant sources and biogeochemical processes that influence macronutrient, major dissolved ion, and trace element concentrations in agricultural drainage in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta using a suite of stable isotope tracers and geochemical parameters. This project will establish a baseline understanding of the geochemistry of a poorly-characterized anthropogenic input to the larger Delta environment. 

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Lateral carbon loss in drained peatlands (2016 to 2018)
This project will provide a broader understanding of the hydrologic and biogeochemical processes that influence aqueous C exports from peat-rich islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in central California. This work is relevant to the management of the Delta ecosystem as dissolved C losses may contribute to island subsidence, and the delivery of dissolved C from Delta islands to surrounding waterways can create water quality issues both in the Delta and in water exported to other areas of California.

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Submarine groundwater discharge and reef biogeochemistry (2015)  
We investigated the relationship between coastal groundwater discharge and reef biogeochemistry to better understand how differences in groundwater geochemistry may drive changes in proximal marine carbonate chemistry. Overall, sites closest to groundwater inputs showed reduced calcification and elevated dissolution rates relative to sites further from the groundwater discharge points at both reefs.

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Nitrogen sourcing in groundwater (2014)
This project quantitatively examined wastewater signatures in groundwater emanating from two coastal aquifers on O'ahu, Hawai'i, using N and O stable isotopes and a recharge model. We found that cesspools contribute only ~4% of recharge in the Waialae West Aquifer, but account for 54 to 95% of total N and P loads in the aquifer.

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