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Rob Striegl

Research Hydrologist

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Short Biography

Research: I am a Research Hydrologist / Aquatic Biogeochemist with the Central Branch of the National Research Program, Water Resources Mission, Boulder, Colorado. My research focuses on the role of inland waters in the global carbon cycle and on hydrologic, climatic, and disturbance controls on the biogeochemical cycling and transport of aquatic carbon. My research emcompases a broad range of field, laboratory and modeling studies, including the transport of inorganic and organic carbon by surface and subsurface waters; the production, consumption and atmospheric exchange of carbon dioxide and methane; and extrapolation of aquatic carbon biogeochemical cycling and rates of exchange from site to regional, continental, and global scales.

Education: PhD: University of Wisconsin - Madison; Oceanography and Limnology; MSc: Univeristy of Illinois - Urbana; Biology / Aquatic Ecology; BSc: Western Illinois Univeristy - Macomb; Zoology / Botany

Other Activities: 

Strategic Science Planning Team: USGS Climate and Land Use Change Mission Area

Associate Editor: American Geophysical Union, Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences

Carbon Cycle Science Steering Group (CCSSG): U.S. Global Change Research Program, U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program

Science Definition Team: NASA Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE)

PUBLICATIONS: 2013-2004:


Crawford, J.T., Striegl, R.G., Wickland, K.P., Dornblaser, M.M., and Stanley, E.H., 2013, Emissions of carbon dioxide and methane from a headwater stream network of interior Alaska, Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, doi://10.1002/jgrg.20034/1. 

Burkett, V. R., D.A. Kirtland, I.L. Taylor, J. Belnap, T.M. Cronin, M.D. Dettinger, E.L. Frazier, J.W. Haines, T.R. Loveland, P.C.D. Milly, R. O’Malley, R.S. Thompson, A.G. Maule, G. McMahon, and R.G. Striegl, 2013, U.S. Geological Survey Climate and Land Use Change Science Strategy - A Framework for Understanding and Responding to Global Change, U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1383-A, 43 p. 

McDonald, C.P., Stets, E.G., Striegl, R.G., and Butman, D., 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, doi://10/1002/gbc.20032.

Wickland, K.P., Aiken, G.R., Butler, K., Dornblaser, M.M., Spencer, R.G.M. and Striegl, R.G., 2012, Biodegradability of dissolved organic carbon in the Yukon River and its tributaries: Seasonality and importance of inorganic nitrogen, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, v.26, GB0E03, doi: 10.1029/2012GB004342.

Downing, J.A., Cole, J.J., Duarte, C.M., Middelburg, J.J., Melack, J.M., Prairie, Y.T., Kortelainen, P., Striegl, R.G., McDowell, W.H., and Tranvik, L.J., 2012, Global abundance and size distribution of streams and rivers, Inland Waters, v.2, pp. 229-236, doi: 10.5268/IW-2.4.502.

Kelsey, K.C., Wickland, K.P., Striegl, R.G., and Neff, J.C., 2012, Variation in soil carbon dioxide flux at two spatial scales in a topographically complex boreal forest, Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, doi:

Koch. J.C., Ewing, S.A., Striegl, R.G., and McKnight, D.M., 2012, Rapid runoff via shallow throughflow and deeper preferential flow in a boreal catchment underlain by frozen silt (Alaska, USA), Hydrogeology Journal, doi: 10.1007/s10040-012-0934-3.

McDonald, C.P., Rover, J.A., Stets, E.G., and Striegl, R.G., 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, v.57, no.2 597-606.

Stackpoole, S., Butman, D., Clow, D., McDonald, C., Stets, E., and Striegl, R., 2012, Chapter 10 - Baseline carbon sequestration, transport, and emission from inland aquatic ecosystems in the western United States, in Z. Zhu and Reed, B.C., eds., Baseline and projected future carbon storage and greenhouse-gas fluxes in ecosystems of the Western United States: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1797, 192 p.

Stets, E. G., and Striegl, R.G., 2012, Carbon export by rivers draining the coterminous United States, Inland Waters, v.2, pp. 177184, doi: 10.5268/IW-2.4.510.

Striegl, R.G., Dornblaser, M.M., McDonald, C.P., Rover, J.R., and Stets, E.G., 2012, Carbon dioxide and methane emissions from the Yukon River system, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 26, GB0E05, doi: 10.1029/2012GB004306.

Stubbins, A., Hood, E., Raymond, P.A., Aiken, G.R., Sleighter, R.L., Hernes, P.J., Butman, D., Hatcher, P.G., Striegl, R.G., Schuster, P., Abdulla, H.A.N., Vermilyea, A.W., Scott, D.T., and Spencer R.G.M., 2012, Anthropogenic aerosols as a source of ancient dissolved organic matter in glaciers, Nature Geosciences, v. 5, no. 3, p. 198-201, doi:10.1038/NGEO1403.

Tank, S. E., Frey, K.E., Striegl, R.G., Raymond, P.A., Holmes, R.M., McClelland, J.W., and Peterson, B.P., 2012, Landscape-level controls on dissolved carbon flux from diverse catchments of the circumboreal, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, v.26, GB0E02, doi: 10.1029/2012GB004299.

Tank, S. E., Raymond, P.A., Striegl, R.G., Raymond, P.A., McClelland, J.W., Holmes, R.M., Fiske, G.J., and Peterson, B.P., 2012, A land-to-ocean perspective on the magnitude, source and implication of DIC flux from major Arctic Rivers to the Arctic Ocean, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 26, GB4018, doi: 10.1029/2011GB004192.

Frederick, Z.A., Striegl, R.G., and Anderson, S.P., 2011, Annual estimates of water and solute export from 42 tributaries to the Yukon River, Hydrological Processes, doi: 10.1002/hyp.8255.

Grosse, G., Harden, J., Turetsky, M., McGuire, A.D., Camill, P., Tarnocai, C., Frolking, S., Schuur, E., Jorgenson, T., Marchenko, S., Romanovsky, V., Wickland, K., French, N., Waldrop, M.,  Bourgeau-Chavez, L., and Striegl, R., 2011, Vulnerability of high latitude soil carbon in North America to disturbance, Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, v. 116, G00K06, doi:10.1029/2010JG001507.

Pellerin, B.A., Bergamaschi, B.A., Murdoch, P.S., Downing, B.D., Saraceno, J. F., Aiken, G.R., and Striegl, R.G., 2011, The aquatic real-time monitoring network - in-situ optical sensors for monitoring the Nation’s water quality: U.S. Geological Survey Factsheet 2011-3061.

Riggins, S., Striegl, R., and McHale, M., 2011, A whole ecosystem approach to studying climate change in interior Alaska, EOS, v. 92, n.18, p. 155.

Holmes, R. M., J.W. McClelland, B.J. Peterson, S.E. Tank, E. Bulygina, T.I. Eglinton, V.V. Gordeev, T.Y. Gurtovaya, P.A. Raymond, D.J. Repeta, R. Staples, R.G. Striegl, A.V. Zhulidov, and S.A. Zimov. 2012. Seasonal and annual fluxes of nutrients and organic matter from large rivers to the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas, Estuaries and Coasts, v. 35, no. 2, p. 369-382, doi: 10.1007/s12237-011-9386.

Schuster, P.F., Striegl, R.G., Aiken, G.R., Krabbenhoft, D.P., DeWild, J.F., Butler, K., Kamark, B., and Dornblaser, M., 2011, Mercury export from the Yukon River basin and potential response to a changing climate: Environmental Science & Technology, v. 45, no. 21, p. 9262-9267.

Striegl, R., del Giorgio, P., Karlsson, J., Tranvik, L., and Prairie, Y., 2011, Role of aquatic networks in the boreal carbon cycle, Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin, v.20, no.18, p. 36-37.

Zhu, Z., ed., Bergamaschi, B., Bernknopf, R., Clow, D., Dye, D., Faulkner, S., Forney, W., Gleason, R., Hawbaker, T., Liu, J., Liu, S., Prisley, S., Reed, B., Reeves, M., Rollins, M., Sleeter, B., Sohl, T., Stackpoole, S., Stehman, S., Striegl, R., Wein, A., and Zhu, Z., 2010, A method for assessing carbon stocks, carbon sequestration, and greenhouse-gas fluxes in ecosystems of the United States under present conditions and future scenarios: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010-5233, 187 p.

Stets, E.G., Winter, T.C., Rosenberry, D.O., and Striegl, R.G., 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, v. 46, W03515, doi:10.1029/2009WR007793.

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

Spencer, R., Aiken G., Butler, K., Dornblaser M., Striegl R., Hernes, P., 2009, Utilizing chromophoric dissolved organic matter measurements to derive export and reactivity of dissolved organic carbon exported to the Arctic Ocean: A case study of the Yukon River, Alaska, 2009, Geophysical Research Letters, v. 34, L12402, doi:10.1029/2008.

Stets, E. G., Striegl, R.G., Aiken, G.R., Rosenberry, D. O., and Winter, T.C., 2009, Hydrologic support of carbon dioxide flux revealed by whole-lake carbon budgets, J. Geophys. Res., 114, G01008, doi:10.1029/2008JG000783.

Dornblaser, M. M. and Striegl, R.G. 2009, Suspended sediment and carbonate transport in the Yukon River basin, Alaska: Fluxes and potential future responses to climate change: Accepted by Water Resources Research. 45, W06411, doi:10.1029/2008WR007546.

Tranvik, L.J., Downing, J.A., Cotner, J.B., Loiselle, S.A., Striegl, R.G., Ballatore, T.J., Dillon, P., Finlay, K., Fortino, K., Knoll, L.B., Kortelainen, P.L., Kutser,T., Larsen,S., Laurion, I., Leech, D.M., McCallister,S.L., McKnight,D.M., Melack, J.M., Overholt, E., Porter, J.A., Prairie, Y., Renwick, W.H., Roland, F., Sherman, B.S., Schindler, D.W., Sobek, S., Tremblay, A., Vanni, M.J., Verschoor, A.M., von Wachenfeldt, E., and Weyhenmeyer, G.A., 2009, Lakes and reservoirs as regulators of carbon cycling and climate: Limnology and Oceanography, v. 54, no. 6, part 2, 2298-2314.

Riggs, A.C., Stannard, D.I., Maestas, F.B., Karlinger, M.R., and Striegl, R.G., 2009, Soil CO2 flux in the Amargosa Desert, Nevada, during the El Niño 1998 and La Niña 1999: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5061, 25 p.

Walvoord, M.A., Andraski, B.J., Krabbenhoft, D.P., and Striegl, R.G., 2008, Transport of elemental mercury in the unsaturated zone from a waste disposal site in an arid region: Applied Geochemistry, v. 23, p. 572–583, doi: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2007.12.014.

McClelland, J.W., Holmes, R.M., Peterson, B.J., Amon, R., Brabets, T., Cooper, L.,. Gibson, J., Gordeev, V.V., Guay, C.,. Milburn, D., Staples, R., Raymond, P.A., Shiklomanov, I., Striegl, R., Zhulidov, A., and Gurtovaya, T., 2008, Development of a Pan-Arctic Database for River Chemistry: EOS, v. 89, n. 24, p. 217-218.

Downing, J.A., Cole, J. J., Middelburg, J.J., Striegl, R.G., Duarte, C.M., Kortelainen, P., Prairie, Y.T., and Laube, K.A., 2008, Sediment organic carbon burial in agriculturally eutrophic impoundments over the last century: Global Biogeochem. Cycles, v. 22, GB1018, doi:10.1029/2006GB002854.

Spencer, R.G., Aiken, G.R., Wickland, K.P., Striegl, R.G., and Hernes, P.J., 2008, Seasonal and spatial variability in dissolved organic matter quantity and composition from the Yukon River basin, Alaska: Global Biogeochem. Cycles, v. 22, GB4002, doi:10.1029/2008GB003231.

Duarte, C.T., Prairie, Y.T., Montes, C., Cole, J.J., Striegl, R.G. Melack, J., and Downing., J.A., 2008, CO2 emissions from saline lakes: A global estimate of a surprisingly large flux: J. Geophys. Res., v. 113, G04041, doi:10.1029/2007JG000637.

Cole, J., Prairie, Y., Caraco, N., McDowell, W., Tranvik, L., Striegl, R., Duarte, C., Kortelainen, P., Downing, J., Middleburg, J., and Melack, J., 2007, Plumbing the global carbon cycle: Integrating inland waters into the terrestrial carbon budget: Ecosystems, doi: 10.1007/s10021-006-9013-8.

Dornblaser, M.M., and Striegl R.G., 2007, Nutrient (N, P) loads and yields at multiple scales and subbasin types in the Yukon River basin, Alaska: Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, doi: 10.1029/2006JG000366.

Raymond, P. A., McClelland, J.W., Holmes, R.M., Zhulidov, A.V., Mull, K., Peterson, B.J., Striegl, R.G.,. Aiken, G.R., and Gurtovaya, T.Y., 2007, Flux and age of dissolved organic carbon exported to the Arctic Ocean: A carbon isotopic study of the five largest arctic rivers: Global Biogeochemical Cycles, v. 21, GB4011, doi: 10.1029/2007GB002934.

Striegl, R.G., Dornblaser, M.M., Aiken, G.R., Wickland, K.P., and Raymond, P.A., 2007, Carbon export and cycling by the Yukon, Tanana, and Porcupine Rivers, Alaska, 2001-2005, Water Resources Research, v. 43, W02411, doi: 10.1029/2006WR005201.

Walvoord, M.A., and Striegl, R.G., 2007, Increased groundwater to stream discharge from permafrost thawing in the Yukon River basin: Potential impacts on lateral export of carbon and nitrogen: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 34, L12402, doi:10.1029/2007GL030216.

Downing, J.A., Prairie, Y.T., Cole, J.J., Duarte, C.M., Tranvik, L.J., Striegl, R.G., McDowell, W.H., Kortelainen, P., Caraco, N.F., Melack, J.M., and Middelburg, J.J., 2006, The global abundance and size distribution of lakes, ponds, and impoundments: Limnology and Oceanography, v. 51, no. 5, p. 2388-2397.

King, S.A., Behnke, S., Slack, K., Krabbenhoft, D.P., Nordstrom, D.K., Burr, M.D., and Striegl, R.G., 2006, Mercury in water and biomass of microbial communities in hot springs of Yellowstone National Park, USA: Applied Geochemistry, v.21, p. 1868-1879.

Striegl, R.G. and Dornblaser, M.M., 2006, Dissolved gases and dissolved inorganic carbon, in Schuster, P.F., ed., 2006, Water and sediment quality in the Yukon River Basin, Alaska, during water year 2004: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1258, chapter 6, p. 45-46.

Wickland, K.P., Striegl, R.G., Neff, J.C., and Sachs, T., 2006, Effects of permafrost melting on CO2 and CH4 exchange of a poorly drained black spruce lowland: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 111, G02011, doi: 10.1029/2005JG000099.

Walvoord, M.A., Striegl, R.G., Prudic, D.E., and Stonestrom, D.A., 2005, CO2 dynamics in the Amargosa Desert: Fluxes and isotopic speciation in a deep unsaturated zone: Water Resources Research, v. 41, W02006, doi: 10.1029/2004WR003599.

Striegl, R.G. and Dornblaser, M.M., 2005, Dissolved gases and dissolved inorganic carbon, in Schuster, P.F., ed., Water and sediment quality in the Yukon River Basin, Alaska, during water year 2002: U.S. Geological Survey Report 2005-1199, p. 56-57.

Striegl, R.G. and Dornblaser, M.M., 2005, Dissolved gases and dissolved inorganic carbon, in Schuster, P.F., ed., Water and sediment quality in the Yukon River Basin, Alaska, during water year 2003: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1397, p. 49-50.

Striegl, R.G., Aiken, G.R., Dornblaser, M.M., Raymond, P.A., and Wickland, K.P., 2005, A decrease in discharge-normalized DOC export by the Yukon River during summer through autumn: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 32, L21413, doi:10.1029/2005GL024413.

Stonestrom, D.A., Abraham, J.D., Andraski, B.J., Baker, R.J., Mayers, C.J., Michel, R.L., Prudic, D.E., Striegl, R.G., and Walvoord, M.A., 2004, Monitoring radionuclide contamination in the unsaturated zone - lessons learned at the Amargosa Desert Research Site, Nye County, Nevada, Workshop on Long-term Performance Monitoring of Metals and Radionuclides in the Subsurface, Reston, VA, April 21-22, 2004: Tallahassee, Florida State University.

Walvoord, M.A., Phillips, F.M., Stonestrom, D.A., Evans, R.D., Hartsough, P.C., Newman, B.D., and Striegl, R.G., 2004, Response to comment on "A reservoir of nitrate beneath desert soils": Science, v. 304, p. 51c.

Walvoord, M.A., Phillips, F.M., Stonestrom, D.A., Evans, R.D., Hartsough, P.C., Newman, B.D., and Striegl, R.G., 2004, Response to comment on "A reservoir of nitrate beneath desert soils": Science, v. 304, p. 51c.

Walvoord, M.A., Stonestrom, D.A., Andraski, B.J., and Striegl, R.G., 2004, Constraining the inferred paleohydrologic evolution of a deep unsaturated zone in the Amargosa Desert: Vadose Zone Journal, v. 3, p. 502-512. 

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Rob Striegl
3215 Marine Street, Suite E-127
Boulder, CO 80303
303-541-3048 - Fax
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