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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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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]

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.  My current interests include 1) anthropogenic influences on carbon, alkalinity, and major ion chemistry; 2) carbon cycling and budgets in large rivers; 3) effects of evolving source areas on solute transport; 4) the influence of coastal river chemistry on coastal acidification.

Previous work has included microbial ecology, nutrient cycling, and phytoplankton-bacteria interactions in freshwater lakes. 

My methods include field observations of gas flux, hydrology, water chemistry, in situ sensors, and stable isotopes for process-level work.  I also use existing databases such as NWIS and STORET for large-scale synthesis work using trend analysis, multivariate statistics, spatial analysis, and ancillary data from the USDA Census of Agriculture, US Population Census, PRISM climate group, and the National Historic GIS System.

Current projects: NAWQA Cycle III Surface Water Trends Team; USGS LandCarbon Project; Trends in Coastal Acidification (collaboration with Penn State Institute of Energy and Environment).

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Recent Presentations

"Acidifying processes in watersheds inferred from century-scale changes in alkalinity and major ion ratios" E.G. Stets, V.J. Kelly, and C.G. Crawford, National Water Quality Monitoring Conference, Cincinnati, OH, April 2014.

"Widespread positive bias in calculated carbon dioxide concentration: Causes and implications for large-scale estimates of carbon dioxide efflux from freshwater ecosystems" E.G. Stets et al., American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, December 2013.

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Edward Stets
3215 MARINE ST, BLDG 6, Suite E-127
Boulder, CO 80309
303-541-3084 - Fax
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