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I currently work as a research ecologist/geomorphologist within the National Research Program (NRP). Research areas include floodplain sedimentation dynamics in low gradient riverine and estuarine environments, river channel evolution theory, bank erosion dynamics, dam and channelization impacts on rivers, large woody debris transport mechanisms, and carbon sequestration in fluvial environments. Current projects include a geomorphic assessment of the Upper Missouri River, carbon and sediment sequestration in the Lower Mississippi River complex, large woody debris tracking on the Roanoke River, floodplain studies in the Congaree River National Park, and small stream sediment assessments in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Previous work with the NRP included submersed aquatic vegetation (SAV) restoration and biodiversity monitoring, largely in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. I hold a M.S. in Environmental Science -Water Resources from Indiana University and a B.A. in Geology from Hanover College.
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PublicationsSchenk, E. R., Moulin, B., Hupp, C. R. and Richter, J. M. (2014), Large wood budget and transport dynamics on a large river using radio telemetry. Earth Surf. Process. Landforms, 39: 487–498. doi: 10.1002/esp.3463 [Link]
Pizzuto, J., Schenk, E. R., Hupp, C. R., Gellis, A., Noe, G., Williamson, E., ... & Newbold, D. (2014). Characteristic length scales and time‐averaged transport velocities of suspended sediment in the mid‐Atlantic region, USA. Water Resources Research 50, doi:10.1002/2013WR014485. [Link]
Schenk, E. R., McCargo, J. W., Moulin, B., Hupp, C. R. and Richter, J. M. (2014), THE INFLUENCE OF LOGJAMS ON LARGEMOUTH BASS (MICROPTERUS SALMOIDES) CONCENTRATIONS ON THE LOWER ROANOKE RIVER, A LARGE SAND-BED RIVER. River Res. Applic.. doi: 10.1002/rra.2779 [Link]
Schenk, E.R., Skalak, K.J., Benthem, A.J., Dietsch, B.J., Woodward, B.K., Wiche, G.J., Galloway, J.M., Nustad, R.A., and Hupp, C.R., 2014, Geomorphic change on the Missouri River during the flood of 2011: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1798–I, 25 p. [Link]
Hupp, C.R., Noe, G.B., Schenk, E.R., and Benthem, A.J. (2013), Recent and historic sediment dynamics along Difficult Run, a suburban Virginia Piedmont stream. Geomorphology, 180-181, p. 156-169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.10.007 [Link]
Schenk, E. R., Hupp, C. R., Gellis, A. and Noe, G. (2013), Developing a new stream metric for comparing stream function using a bank–floodplain sediment budget: a case study of three Piedmont streams. Earth Surf. Process. Landforms, 38: 771–784. doi: 10.1002/esp.3314 [Link]
Katherine J. Skalak, Adam J. Benthem, Edward R. Schenk, Cliff R. Hupp, Joel M. Galloway, Rochelle A. Nustad, Gregg J. Wiche, Large dams and alluvial rivers in the Anthropocene: The impacts of the Garrison and Oahe Dams on the Upper Missouri River, Anthropocene, Volume 2, October 2013, Pages 51-64, ISSN 2213-3054,http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ancene.2013.10.002. [Link]
Schenk, E. R., Moulin, B., Hupp, C. R. and Richter, J. M. (2013), Large wood budget and transport dynamics on a large river using radio telemetry. Earth Surf. Process. Landforms. doi: 10.1002/esp.3463 [Link]
Schenk, E. R., Hupp, C. R. and Gellis, A. (2012), SEDIMENT DYNAMICS IN THE RESTORED REACH OF THE KISSIMMEE RIVER BASIN, FLORIDA: A VAST SUBTROPICAL RIPARIAN WETLAND. River Research and Applications.28(10): 1753-1767. doi: 10.1002/rra.1577 [Link]
Moulin, B., Schenk, E. R. and Hupp, C. R. (2011), Distribution and characterization of in-channel large wood in relation to geomorphic patterns on a low-gradient river. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 36: n/a. doi: 10.1002/esp.2135 [Link]
Schenk, E. R. and Hupp, C. R. 2010. Floodplain sediment trapping, hydraulic connectivity, and vegetation along restored reaches of the Kissimmee River, Florida: IN Proceedings of the 2nd Joint Federal Interagency Conference (9thFISC and 4thFIHMC), June 27-July 1, Las Vegas, Nevada. 12 p.
Schenk, E.R., Hupp, C.R., Richter, J.M., and Kroes, D.E. 2010, Bank erosion, mass wasting, water clarity, bathymetry, and a sediment budget along the dam-regulated lower Roanoke River, North Carolina: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1260, 112 p., available only at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2009/1260/.
Hupp, C. R., Noe, G. B., and Schenk, E. R. 2010. Floodplains, equilibrium, and fluvial geomorphic impacts of human alterations: IN Proceedings of the 2nd Joint Federal Interagency Conference (9thFISC and 4thFIHMC), June 27-July 1, Las Vegas, Nevada. 12 p.
Tanner, C., Hunter, S., Reel, J., Parham, T., Naylor, M., Karrh, L., Busch, K., Golden, R.R., Lewandowski, M., Rybicki, N., Schenk, E., 2010. Evaluating a Large-Scale Eelgrass Restoration Project in the Chesapeake Bay. Restoration Ecology, 18(4): 538-548.
Schenk, Edward R. and Cliff R. Hupp, 2009. Legacy Effects of Colonial Millponds on Floodplain Sedimentation, Bank Erosion, and Channel Morphology, Mid-Atlantic, USA. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 45(3):597-606.
Hupp, C.R., Schenk, E.R., Richter, J.M., Peet, R.K., and Townsend, P.A., 2009, Bank erosion along the dam-regulated lower Roanoke River, North Carolina, in James, L.A., Rathburn, S.L., and Whittecar, G.R., eds., Management and Restoration of Fluvial Systems with Broad Historical Changes and Human Impacts: Geological Society of America Special Paper 451, p. 97-108
Rybicki, N.B., Justiniano- Vélez, E., Schenk, E.R., and Hunter, S.E., 2008. The Distribution of Submersed Aquatic Vegetation in the Fresh and Oligohaline Tidal Potomac River, 2005. US Geological Survey, Reston VA, Open-File Report 2008-1218, 40 pgs, online: http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/usgspubs/ofr/ofr20081218
Rybicki, N. B., S.N. Yoon, E.R. Schenk, and J.B. Baldizar, 2007. The Distribution of Submersed Aquatic Vegetation in the Fresh and Oligohaline Tidal Potomac River, 2004, U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2007-1198, online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1198/.
Schenk, E.R. and N.B. Rybicki. 2006. Exploring causes of a seagrass transplant failure in the Potomac River (Virginia). Ecological Restoration 24(2): 116-118.
Presentations (First authored only):
Schenk, E.R., Hupp, C.R Kroes, D.E., and Noe, G.B., 2013, Impacts of channelization on riparian wetlands II: The effect of human alterations on hydrologic, connectivity, sediment and nutrient storage, and wetland habitat: Society of Wetland Scientists, Duluth, MN.
Schenk, E. R., Kroes, D. E., & Hupp, C. R. 2013. Wetland subsidence and accretion in the Atchafalaya River Basin related to human disturbance. In Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs (Vol. 45, No. 7).
Schenk, E.R., R. Nustad. 2012. Model Development on the Missouri River - Garrison Reach. 49th Annual Joint ND Water Convention and Irrigation Expo, Bismarck, ND.
Schenk, E.R., D.E. Kroes, and C.R. Hupp. 2012. Carbon and sediment sequestration patterns within the Atchafalaya Basin and Morganza Spillway before and after the Lower Mississippi flood of 2011.Geological Society of America, Charlotte, NC. Online at: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2012AM/webprogram/Paper207480.html
Schenk, E.R., C.R. Hupp, and D.E. Kroes. 2012. Sedimentation patterns within the Atchafalaya Basin and Morganza Spillway before and after the lower Mississippi flood of 2011. INTECOL Conference, Orlando, Florida
Schenk E.R. and C.R. Hupp. 2011. Large wood transport dynamics on the low-gradient Roanoke River, North Carolina. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2011, abstract #B13C-0576.
Schenk E.R., Hupp C.R., and A. Gellis. 2011. Sediment dynamics in restored and channelized reaches of the Kissimmee River Basin, Florida. Society of Wetland Scientists SAC/MAC Joint Chapter Meeting 2011, Reston, VA.
Schenk E.R., Moulin B.M., and C.R. Hupp. 2010. Trends in large wood storage and transport on the low-gradient Roanoke River, North Carolina. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2010, abstract #EP43D-0775.
Schenk E.R., C.R. Hupp, and B. Moulin. 2009. Spatial trends in large woody debris (LWD) storage and transport on the lower Roanoke River, North Carolina. 40th Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium, Blacksburg, VA
Schenk E.R., C.R. Hupp, and B. Moulin. 2009. Spatial trends in large woody debris (LWD) storage and transport on the lower Roanoke River, North Carolina. Ecological Society of America Conference, Albuquerque, NM. Online at: http://eco.confex.com/eco/2009/techprogram/P18625.HTM
Schenk E.R., and C.R. Hupp. 2008. A Sediment Budget for the Regulated Lower Roanoke River, NC. Geological Society of America Conference, Houston, TX. Online at: http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2008AM/finalprogram/abstract_150620.htm
Schenk E.R. and C.R. Hupp. 2008 Legacy effects of colonial millponds on modern floodplain sedimentation, bank erosion, and channel morphology, Mid-Atlantic Region, USA. American Water Resources Specialty Conference, Virginia Beach, VA
Schenk E.R. and N.B. Rybicki. 2006 Sedimentation, erosion, and water quality at a seagrass transplant site and reference site (Virginia). National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration, New Orleans, LA
Schenk E.R. and N.B. Rybicki. 2006 Monitoring the decline in aquatic invasive species dominance in the tidal Potomac River, 1990-2004. National Invasive Weeds Awareness Week Conference, Washington, DC
My Science Topics
Fluvial geomorphology/sediment and ecological interactions
Studies include the impact of river channel adjustments (damming, channelization, excessive sediment inputs) on channel, bank, and floodplain sediment processes on several US rivers (Upper Missouri, Mississippi, Roanoke, Savannah, Kissimmee, and others). Other research includes the impact of channel evolution following upstream impoundment on large woody debris distribution and in-channel turbidity and carbon sequestration in rapidly aggrading wetlands. My interests include river channel evolution, sedimentation and erosion processes, and the use of new technologies to better understand aquatic ecosystems (e.g. radio tagging LWD for transport studies, remote sensing, unmanned aerial vehicles, GPR, LiDAR surrogates). Beyond my own research I also help with a variety of USGS studies ranging from general surface hydrology to vegetation and habitat surveys.
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