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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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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]

In Review

Stets, E.G., V.J. Kelly, and C.G. Crawford. In review. Recent leveling of mid-20th Century increases in stream nitrate concentration in US rivers.


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

Aquatic biogeochemistry

I study biogeochemical cycling in aquatic ecosystems.  My current interests include carbon cycling and gas efflux in rivers as well as long-term nutrient trends in rivers of the continental US.  I have also studied hydrology, carbon cycling, 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.

I am currently involved with four projects: Century of Trends (USGS-NAWQA), Yukon River Basin Project (USGS-NRP), Surface-water trends team (USGS-NAWQA), USGS LandCarbon Project (USGS-Multidisciplinary).

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Recent Presentations

"Can we detect long-term trends in carbon export from large river systems?" E.G. Stets, presented at ASLO Freshwater Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, LA, February 2013.

Contact Information

Edward Stets
3215 Marine Street, Suite E-127
Boulder, CO 80303
303-541-3084 - Fax
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