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Edward Stets


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2011-present Research Ecologist National Research Program, U.S. Geological Survey, Boulder, CO.
2009-2011 Ecologist National Research Program, U.S. Geological Survey, Boulder, CO.
2007-2009 Post-doctoral fellow National Academies of Science (located in Boulder, CO)
2002-2007 Ph.D. Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN
1998-2001 M.S. Marine Sciences Department, University of South Alabama, Dauphin Island, AL
1996-1998 Programmer/Analyst Information Management Services, Inc., Silver Spring, MD
1992-1996 B.S. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

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Hall, E.K., D.O. Schoolmaster Jr., A.M. Amado, E.G. Stets, J.T. Lennon, L. Domine, J.B. Cotner. (2016) Scaling relationships among drivers of aquatic respiration: from the smallest to the largest freshwater ecosystems. Inland Waters, vol. 6(1), pp. 1-10, doi: 10.5268/IW-6.1.839. [Link]

Stets, E.G., V.J. Kelly, and C.G. Crawford. 2015. Regional and temporal differences in riverine nitrate trends discerned from long-term water quality monitoring data. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, vol. 51 (5), pp. 1394-1407. doi: 10.1111/1752-1688.12321. [Link]

Kelly, V.J., E.G. Stets, and C.G. Crawford. 2015. Long-term changes in nitrate conditions over the 20th century in two Midwestern Corn Belt streams. Journal of Hydrology, vol. 525, pp. 559-571. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.03.062. [Link]

Butman, D., S.M. Stackpoole, E.G. Stets, C.P. McDonald, D.W. Clow, and R.G. Striegl. (2015) Aquatic carbon cycling in the conterminous United States and implications for terrestrial carbon accounting. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 113 (1), pp. 58-63, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1512651112. [Link]

Stackpoole, S.M., E.G. Stets, and R.G. Striegl. 2014. The impact of climate and reservoirs on longitudinal riverine carbon fluxes from two major watersheds in the Central and Intermontane West. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. vol. 119, G002496, doi: 10.1002/2013/G002496. [Link]

Stackpoole, S., D. Butman, D. Clow, C. McDonald, E. Stets, R. Striegl. 2014. Chapter 6 - Baseline carbon sequestration, transport, and emission from aquatic ecosystems in the eastern United States. Z. Zhu (Ed.) In Baseline and projected future carbon storage and greenhouse-gas fluxes in ecosystems of the Eastern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1804, 204 p. [Link]

Stets EG, Kelly VJ, Crawford CG (2014) Long-term trends in alkalinity in large rivers of the conterminous US in relation to acidification, agriculture, and hydrologic modification. Science of the Total Environment, 488–489, 280-289.doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.04.054. [Download File]

McDonald, C.P., E.G. Stets, R.G. Striegl, and D. Butman. (2013) Inorganic carbon loading as a primary driver of dissolved carbon dioxide concentrations in the lakes and reservoirs of the contiguous United States. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. vol. 27, doi:10.1002/gbc.20032. [Link]

Stets, E.G. and R.G. Striegl (2012). Carbon export by rivers draining the conterminous United States. Inland Waters, vol. 2., pp. 177-184. [Link]

Striegl, R.G., M.M. Dornblaser, C.P. McDonald, J.A. Rover, and E.G. Stets. (2012). Carbon dioxide and methane emissions from the Yukon River system. vol. 26, GB0E05, doi:10.1029/2012GB004306. [Link]

Stets, E.G., V.J. Kelly, W. Broussard, T. Smith, and C.G. Crawford. (2012). Century-scale perspective on water quality in selected river basins of the conterminous United States. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012-5225, 120p. [Link]

McDonald, C.P., J.A. Rover, E.G. Stets, and R.G. Striegl. (2012). The regional abundance and size distribution of lakes and reservoirs in the United States and implications for estimates of global lake extent. Limnology and Oceanography, vol. 57, pp. 597-606, doi: 10.4319/lo.2012.57.2.0597. [Link]

Stackpoole, S., D. Butman, D. Clow, C. McDonald, E.G. Stets, R. Striegl.(2012). Chapter 10 - Baseline carbon sequestration, transport, and emission from aquatic ecosystems in the western United States. Z. Zhu (Ed.) In Baseline and projected future carbon storage and greenhouse-gas fluxes in ecosystems of the Western United States, U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1797, 206 p. [Link]

Stets, E.G., R.G. Striegl, and G.R. Aiken. (2010). Dissolved organic carbon export and internal cycling in small, headwater lakes. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, vol. 24, GB4008, doi: 10.1029/2010GB003815. [Link]

Stets, E.G., T.C. Winter, D.O Rosenberry, and R.G. Striegl. (2010). Quantification of surface water and groundwater flows to open- and closed-basin lakes in a headwaters watershed using a descriptive oxygen stable isotope model. Water Resources Research, vol 46, W03515, doi: 10.1029/2009WR007793. [Link]

Stets, E.G., R.G. Striegl, D.O. Rosenberry, G.R. Aiken, and T.C. Winter. (2009). Hydrologic support of carbon dioxide flux revealed by whole-lake carbon budgets. Journal of Geophysical Research, Series G: Biogeosciences, vol. 114, G01008, doi: 10.1029/2008JG000783. [Link]

Stets, E.G. and J.B. Cotner. (2008). The influence of dissolved organic carbon on bacterial phosphorus uptake and bacteria-phytoplankton dynamics in two Minnesota lakes. Limnology and Oceanography, vol. 53, pp. 137-147. [Link]

Stets, E.G and J.B. Cotner. (2008). Littoral zones as sources of biodegradable dissolved organic carbon in lakes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, vol. 65, pp. 2454-2460, 10.1139/F08-142. [Link]

Cotner, J.B., B.A. Biddanda, W. Makino and E. Stets. (2004) Organic carbon biogeochemistry of Lake Superior. Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management. vol. 7, pp. 451-464, doi: 10.1080/14634980490513292. [Link]

Stets, E.G., M.E. Hines and R.P. Kiene. (2003) Thiol methylation potential in anoxic, low-pH wetland sediments and its relationship with dimethylsulfide production and organic carbon cycling. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. vol. 47. pp. 1-11, doi: 10.1016/S0168-6496(03)00219-8. [Link]


My Science Topics

Science Topic
Water Resourceslakes
Water Resourcessurface water
Water Resourcessurface water quality
Water Resourceswater quality
Water Resourceswater budget
Environmental Issueshuman impacts
Environmental Issuesland use change
Environmental Issuesnonpoint-source pollution
Environmental Issuessurface water quality
Environmental Issueswater quality
Ecology and Environmentfreshwater ecosystems
Techniques and Methodsfield methods
Techniques and Methodsisotopic analysis
Techniques and Methodsstatistical analysis

Fluvial biogeochemistry at multiple scales

I study biogeochemical cycling in aquatic ecosystems.  Current projects include

1) Trends in alkalinity and acidity in coastal rivers of the US and potential effects on coastal acidification (USGS NAWQA Trends Team).

2) Continental-scale synthesis of stream metabolism and its links to water quality and the aquatic carbon cycle (USGS Powell Center; USGS NAWQA; USGS NRP).

3) Carbon transport and cycling in the Upper Mississippi River basin (USGS LandCarbon).

4) Long-term trends in acidification of the Delaware River Estuary (Penn State University).

5) Hyporheic exchange in contrasting headwater streams of the Colorado Front Range (with Colorado School of Mines).

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Press Releases

U.S. Rivers Show Few Signs of Improvement from Historic Nitrate Increases

USGS Release: Large Rivers in U.S. are Becoming Less Acidic

Contact Information

Edward Stets
3215 Marine St, Bldg 6
Boulder, CO 80309
303-541-3084 - Fax
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