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Douglas Burns

Hydrologist (RGE)

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Short Biography

I hold an M.S. in Environmental Sciences from the Univ. of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Water Resources Management from the State Univ. of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. My disciplinary background is primarily in biogeochemistry and hydrology with a focus on understanding the processes that control the cycling of chemical elements through watersheds and ecosystems. I have worked as a Research Hydrologist in New York Water Science Center since 1987 on studies that include the effects of acid rain on ecosystems, the cycling of nitrogen in watersheds, and environmental mercury cycling. My investigations have also included the effects of various types of landscape disturbance such as suburban land use, climate change, and forest harvesting. I work collaboratively, often with several investigators from the USGS, and other agencies and universities. Study approaches I commonly use include monitoring of water and soil chemistry, quantifying the rates of key cycling processes, experimental manipulations of landscapes, use of natural and applied isotope tracers, and statistical and process-level models. I am also active in professional organizations, have organized conferences at the regional, national, and international levels, and have served in leadership roles in many of these organizations. Other activities include chairing a proposal evaluation panel for a Federal agency, working at the science-policy interface by serving as Director of the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program and on an EPA Clean Air Act Advisory Panel, and serving on program evaluation and advisory panels for several agencies and science organizations.






A.        Refereed Journals

 

1.     Burns, D.A., Woodruff, L.G., Bradley, P.M., and Cannon, W.F., In Press, Mercury in soils of two contrasting watersheds in the eastern United States, PLOS One.

 

2.     Levine, C.R., Yanai, R.D., Lampman, G.G., Burns, D.A., Driscoll, C.T., Lawrence, G.B., Lynch, J.A. Schoch, N., 2014, Evaluating the efficiency of environmental monitoring programs, Ecological Indicators, 39: 94-101.

 

3.     Peters, N.E., Burns, D.A., Aulenbach, B.T., 2013, Evaluation of high-frequency mean streamwater transit-time estimates using groundwater age and dissolved silica concentrations in a small, forested watershed, Aquatic Geochemistry, DOI 10.1007/s10498-013-9207-6.

 

4.     Harpold, A.A., Burns, D.A., Walter, M.T., Steenhuis, T.S., 2013, Variation in hydrogeomorphology explains acidification-driven variation in aquatic biological communities in the Neversink River basin, USA, Ecological Applications, 23: 791-800.

 

5.     Bradley, P.M., Journey, C.A., Brigham, M.E., Burns, D.A., Button, D., Riva-Murray, K., 2013, Intra- and inter-basin mercury comparisons: Importance of basin scale and time-weighted methylmercury estimates, Environmental Pollution, 172: 42-52.

 

6.     Burns, D.A., Aiken, G.R., Bradley, P.M., Journey, C.A., Schelker, J., 2013, Specific ultra-violet absorbance as an indicator of mercury sources in an Adirondack river basin, Biogeochemistry, 113: 451-466.

 

7.     Bradley, P.M., Journey, C., Lowery, M., Brigham, M.E., Burns, D.A., Button, D., Chapelle, F., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Riva-Murray, K., 2012, Shallow groundwater mercury supply in a Coastal Plain stream, Environmental Science and Technology, 46: 7503-7511.

 

8.     Burns, D.A., Riva-Murray, K., Bradley, P.M., Aiken, G.R., Brigham, M.E., 2012, Landscape controls on total and methyl Hg in the upper Hudson River basin, New York, USA, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, G01034, doi:10.1029/2011JG001812.

 

9.     Sullivan, T.J., Cosby, B.J., Driscoll, C.T., Herlihy, A.T., Burns, D.A., 2012, Target loads of atmospheric sulfur and nitrogen deposition for protection of acid sensitive aquatic resources in the Adirondack Mountains, New York, Water Resources Research, 48, W01547, doi: 10.1029/2011WR011171.

 

10.  Kerr, J.G., Eimers, M.C., Creed, I.F., Adams, M.B., Beall, F., Burns, D., Campbell, J.L., Christopher, S.F., Clair, T.A., Couchesne, F., Duchense, L., Fernandez, I., Houle, D., Jeffries, D.S., Likens, G.E., Mitchell, M.J., Shanley, J., Yao, H., 2012, The effect of seasonal drying on sulphate dynamics in streams across southeastern Canada and the northeastern USA, Biogeochemistry, 111: 393-409.

 

11.  Riva-Murray, K., Chasar, L.C., Bradley, P.M., Burns, D.A., Smith, M.J., Abrahamsen, T.A., 2011, Spatial patterns of mercury in macroinvertebrates and fishes from streams of contrasting forested landscapes in the eastern United States, Ecotoxicology, 20: 1530-1542.

 

12.  Bradley, P.M., Burns, D.A., Murray, K.R., Brigham, M.E., Button, D.T., Chasar, L.C., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Lowery, M.A., Journey, C.A., 2011, Spatial and seasonal variability of dissolved methylmercury in two basins in the eastern United States, Environmental Science and Technology, 45: 2048-2055.

 

13.  Siemion, J., Burns, D.A., Murdoch, P.S., Germain, R.H., 2011, The relationship of harvesting intensity to changes in soil, soil water, and stream chemistry in a northern hardwood forest, Catskill Mountains, New York, USA, Forest Ecology and Management, 261: 1510-1519.

 

14.  Schelker, J., Burns, D.A., Weiler, M., and Laudon, H., 2011, Hydrological mobilization of mercury and dissolved organic carbon in a snow-dominated forested watershed: Conceptualization and modeling, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, G01002, doi:10.1029/2010JG001330.

 

15.  Mitchell, M.J., Lovett, G., Bailey, S., Beall, F., Burns, D., Buso, D., Clair, T.A., Corchesne, F., Duchesne, L., Eimers, C., Fernandez, I., Houle, D., Jeffries, D.S., Likens, G.E., Moran, M.D., Rogers, C., Schwede, D., Shanley, J., Weathers, K., and Vet, R., 2011, Comparisons of watershed sulfur budgets in southeast Canada and northeast US: New approaches and implications, Biogeochemistry, 103: 181-207.

 

16.   Harpold, A.A., Burns, D.A., Walter, T., Shaw, S.B., and Steenhuis, T.S., 2010, Relating hydrogeomorphologic properties to stream buffering chemistry in the Neversink River Watershed, New York State, USA, Hydrological Processes, 24: 3759-3771.

 

17.  Vidon, P., Allan, C., Burns, D., Duval, T., Gurwick, N., Inamdar, S., Lowrance, R., Okay, J., Scott, D., Sebestyen, S., 2010, Hot spots and hot moments in riparian zones: Potential for improved water quality management, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 46: 278-298.

 

18.  Elliott, E.M., Kendall, C., Boyer, E.W., Burns, D.A., Lear, G., Golden, H.E., Harlin, K., Bytnerowicz, A, Butler, T.J., Glatz, R., 2009, Dual nitrate isotopes in actively and passively collected dry deposition: Utility for partitioning NOx sources, understanding reaction pathways, and comparisons with isotopes in wet deposition, Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, G04020, doi: 10.1029/2008.JG000889.

 

19.  Burns, D.A., Boyer, E.W., Elliott, E.M., Kendall, C., 2009, Sources and transformations of nitrate from streams draining varying land uses: Evidence from dual isotope analysis, Journal of Environmental Quality, 38: 1149-1159.

 

20.  Tetzlaff, D., Siebert, J., McGuire, K.J., Laudon, H., Burns, D.A., Dunn, S.M., Soulsby, C., 2009, How does landscape structure influence catchment transit time across different geomorphic landscapes? Hydrological Processes, 23: 945-953.

 

21.  Homyak, P.M., Yanai, R.D., Burns, D.A., Briggs, R.D., Germain, R.H., 2008, Nitrogen immobilization by wood chip application: Protecting water quality in a northern hardwood forest, Forest Ecology and Management, 255: 2589-2601.

 

22.  Burns, D.A., Blett, T., Haeuber, R., Pardo, L., 2008, Critical loads as a policy tool for protecting ecosystems from the effects of air pollutants, Frontiers of Ecology and the Environment, 6: 156-159.

 

23.  Christopher, S.F., Mitchell, M.J., McHale, M.R., Boyer, E.W., Burns, D.A., Kendall, C., 2008, Factors controlling nitrogen release from two forested catchments with contrasting hydrochemical responses, Hydrological Processes, 22: 46-62.

 

24.  Burns, D.A., Murray, K.R., Bode, R.W., Passy, S., 2008, Biological and chemical responses to reduced levels of acid deposition in the Neversink River Basin, Catskill Mountains, New York, 1987-2003, Ecological Indicators, 8: 191-203.

 

25.  Elliott, E.M., Kendall, C., Boyer, E.W., Burns, D.A., Wankel, S.D., Bain, D.J., Harlin, K., Butler, T.J.,  Carlton, R., 2007, An isotopic tracer of stationary source NOx emissions across the midwestern and northeastern United States, Environmental Science and Technology, 41: 7661-7667.

 

26.  McHale, M.R., Murdoch, P.S., Burns, D.A., and Lawrence, G.B., 2007, Controls on aluminum release from soils after a clearcut in southeastern New York, USA, Biogeochemistry, 84: 311-331.

 

27.  Lovett, G.M., Burns, D.A., Driscoll, C.T., Jenkins. J.C., Mitchell, M.J, Rustad, L., Shanley, J.B., Likens, G.E., Haeuber, R., 2007, Who needs environmental monitoring? Frontiers of Ecology and the Environment, 5: 253-260.

 

28.  Burns, D.A., Klaus, J., McHale, M.R., 2007, Recent climate trends and implications for water resources in the Catskill Mountain Region, New York, USA, Journal of Hydrology, 336: 155-170.

 

29.  Burns, D.A., McHale, M.R., Driscoll, C.T., and Roy, K.M., 2006, Response of surface waters to reduced levels of acid precipitation: a comparison of trends in two regions of New York, USA, Hydrological Processes, 20: 1611-1627.

 

30.  Wang, X. Burns, D.A., Briggs, R.D., Yanai, R.D., Germain, R.H., 2006, Changes in stream chemistry and nutrient export following a partial harvest in the Catskill Mountains, New York, USA, Forest Ecology and Management, 223: 103-112.

 

31.  Burns, D.A., Vitvar, T., McDonnell, J.J., Hassett, J., Duncan, J., and Kendall, C., 2005, Effects of suburban development on runoff generation in the Croton River basin, New York, USA, Journal of Hydrology, 311: 266-281.

 

32.  Baldigo, B.P., Murdoch, P.S., and Burns, D.A., 2005, Stream acidification and mortality of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in response to timber harvest in three small watersheds of the Catskill Mountains, New York, USA, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science, 62: 1168-1183.

 

33.  Burns, D.A., Murdoch, P.S., 2005, Effects of a clearcut on the net rates of nitrification and N mineralization in a northern hardwood forest, Catskill Mountains, New York, USA, Biogeochemistry, 72: 123-146.

 

34.  Shaman, J., Stieglitz, M., Burns, D., 2004, Are big basins just the sum of small catchments?, Hydrological Processes, 18: 3195-3206.

 

35.  Welsch, D.L., Burns, D.A., Murdoch, P.S., 2004, Processes affecting the response of sulfate concentrations to clearcutting in a northern hardwood forest, Catskill Mountains, New York, Biogeochemistry, 68: 337-354.

 

36.  Burns, D.A., 2004, The effects of atmospheric nitrogen deposition in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and southern Wyoming, USA¾a critical review, Environmental Pollution, 127: 257-269.

 

37.  Burns, D.A., Plummer, L.N., McDonnell, J.J., Busenberg, E., Casile, G.C., Kendall, C., Hooper, R.P., Freer, J.E., Peters, N.E., Beven, K., and Schlosser, P., 2003, The geochemical evolution of groundwater in a forested Piedmont catchment, Ground Water, 41: 913-925.

 

38.  Burns, D.A., 2003, Atmospheric nitrogen deposition in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and southern Wyoming¾a review and new analysis of past study results, Atmospheric Environment, 37: 921-932.

 

39.  Freer, J., McDonnell, J.J., Beven, K.J., Peters, N.E., Burns, D.A., Hooper, R.P., Aulenbach, B., and Kendall, C., 2002, The role of bedrock topography on subsurface storm flow, Water Resources Research, 38(12), 1269, doi: 10.1029/2001WR000872.

 

40.  Burns, D.A., and Kendall, C., 2002, Analysis of d18O and d15N to differentiate NO3- sources in runoff at two watersheds in the Catskill Mountains of New York, Water Resources Research, 38(5), 1051, doi: 10.1029/2001WR000292.

 

41.  Burns, D.A., and Nguyen, L., 2002, Nitrate movement and removal along a shallow groundwater flow path in a riparian wetland within a sheep-grazed pastoral catchment: results of a tracer study, New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 36: 371-385.

 

42.  Vitvar, T., Burns, D.A., Lawrence, G.B., McDonnell, J.J., and Wolock, D.M., 2002, Estimation of groundwater residence times in watersheds from the recession of the runoff-hydrograph: method and application in the Neversink watershed, Catskill Mountains, New York, Hydrological Processes, 16: 1871-1877.

 

43.  West, J., Findlay, S., Burns, D., Weathers, K., and Lovett, G., 2001, Catchment-scale variation in the nitrate concentrations of groundwater seeps in the Catskill Mountains, New York, USA, Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 132: 389-400.

 

44.  Burns, D.A., Hooper, R.P., McDonnell, J.J., Peters, N.E., Freer, J.E., Kendall, C., and Beven, K., 2001, Quantifying contributions to storm runoff using end-member mixing analysis and hydrologic measurements at the Panola Mountain Research Watershed (Georgia, USA), Hydrological Processes, 15: 1903-1924.

 

45.  Welsch, D.L., McDonnell, J.J., Burns, D.A., and Kroll, C., 2001, Relationships between topography and chemistry in subsurface stormflow, Hydrological Processes, 15: 1925-1938.

 

46.  Brown, V.A., McDonnell, J.J., Burns, D.A., and Kendall, C., 1999, The role of event water, rapid shallow flowpaths, and catchment size in summer stormflow, Journal of Hydrology, 217: 171-190.

 

47.  Lawrence, G.B., David, M.B., Lovett, G.M., Murdoch, P.S., Burns, D.A., Baldigo, B.P., Thompson, A.W., Porter, J.H., and Stoddard, J.L., 1999, Soil calcium status and the response of stream chemistry to changing acid deposition rates, Ecological Applications, 9: 1059-1072.

 

48.  Burns, D.A., 1998, Retention of NO3- in an upland stream environment: A mass balance approach, Biogeochemistry, 40: 73-96.

 

49.  Burns, D.A., and McDonnell, J.J., 1998, Effects of a beaver pond on runoff processes: Comparison of two headwater catchments, Journal of Hydrology, 205: 248-264.

 

50.  Burns, D.A., Hooper, R.P., McDonnell, J.J., Freer, J.E., Kendall, C., and Beven, K., 1998, Base cation concentrations in subsurface flow from a forested hillslope: The role of flushing frequency, Water Resources Research, 34: 3535-3544.

 

51.  Burns, D.A., Lawrence, G.B., and Murdoch, P.S., 1998, Catskill streams still susceptible to acid rain, Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 79: 197, 200-201.

 

52.  Burns, D.A., Murdoch, P.S., Lawrence, G.B., and Michel, R.L., 1998, The effect of groundwater springs on NO3- concentrations during summer in Catskill Mountain streams, Water Resources Research, 34: 1987-1996.

 

53.  Murdoch, P.S., Burns, D.A., and Lawrence, G.B., 1998, Relation of climate change to the acidification of surface waters by nitrogen deposition, Environmental Science and Technology, 32: 1642-1647.

 

54.  Burns, D.A., Lawrence, G.B., and Murdoch, P.S., 1998, Catskill streams still susceptible to acid rain, Northeastern Geology and Environmental Sciences, 20: 294-298.

 

55.  Freer, J., McDonnell, J., Beven, K.J., Brammer, D., Burns, D., Hooper, R.P., and Kendall, C., 1997, Topographic controls on subsurface storm flow at the hillslope scale for two hydrologically distinct small catchments, Hydrological Processes, 11: 1347-1352.

 

56.  Burns, D.A., 1996, The effects of liming an Adirondack lake watershed on downstream water chemistry, Biogeochemistry, 32: 339-362.

 

57.  Driscoll, C.T., Cirmo, C.P., Fahey, T.J., Blette, V.L., Bukaveckas, P.A., Burns, D.A., Gubala, C.P., Leopold, D.J., Newton, R.M., Raynal, D.J., Schofield, C.L., Yavitt, J.B., and Porcella, D.B., 1996, The experimental watershed liming study: Comparison of lake and watershed neutralization strategies, Biogeochemistry, 32: 143-174. 

 

58.  McDonnell, J.J., Freer, J., Hooper, R., Kendall, C., Burns, D., Beven, K., and Peters, J., 1996, New method developed for studying flow on hillslopes, Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 77: 465 and 472.

 

59.  Newton, R.M., Burns, D.A., Blette, V.L., and Driscoll, C.T., 1996, Effects of whole catchment liming on the episodic acidification of two Adirondack streams, Biogeochemistry, 32: 299-322.

 

60.  Burns, D.A., 1989, Speciation and equilibrium relations of soluble aluminum in a headwater stream at base flow and during rain events, Water Resources Research, 25: 1653-1665.

 

61.  Burns, D.A., Galloway, J.N., and Hendrey, G.R., 1981, Acidification of surface waters in two areas of the eastern United States, Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 16: 277-285.

 

B.        Edited Proceedings Papers/Book Chapters

 

  1. Fenn, M.E., Lambert, K.F., Blett, T.F., Burns, D.A., Pardo, L.H., Lovett, G.M., Haeuber, R.A., Evers, D.C., Driscoll, C.T., and Jeffries, D.S., 2011, Setting thresholds: using air pollution thresholds to protect and restore U.S. ecosystems, Issues in Ecology, Report No. 14, Ecological Society of America, Washington, DC, 21 p.

 

  1. Clair, T.C., Burns, D.A., Perez, I.R., Blais, J., and Percy, K., 2011, Ecosystems, in: Technical Challenges of Multipollutant Air Quality Management, Hidy, G., Brook, J.R., Demerjian, K.L., Molina, L.T., Pennell, W.T., and Scheffe, R. (eds.), Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands, Ch. 6, p. 139-229.

 

  1. Lawrence, G.B., Burns, D.A., Baldigo, B.P., and Murdoch, P.S., 2001, Controls of stream chemistry and fish populations in the Neversink Watershed, Catskill Mountains, New York, in: Catskill Ecosystem Health, M.S. Adams (ed.), Catskill Institute for the Environment, Purple Mountain Press, Fleischmanns, New York, p. 1-21.

 

  1. Nguyen, L., Rutherford, K., and Burns, D., 1999, Denitrification and nitrate removal in two contrasting riparian wetlands, in: Proceedings of the 20th New Zealand Land Treatment Collective Technical Session, M. Tomer, M Robinson, and G Gielen (eds.), New Plymouth, New Zealand, p. 127-131.

 

5.     Hooper, R.P., Aulenbach, B.T., Burns, D.A., McDonnell, J., Freer, J., Kendall, C., and Beven, K, 1998, Riparian control of streamwater chemistry: Implications for hydrochemical basin models, in: Hydrology, Water Resources and Ecology in Headwaters, K. Kovar, U. Tappeiner, N.E. Peters, and R.G. Craig (eds.), International Association of Hydrological Sciences: Wallingford, Oxon, UK, p. 451-458.

 

  1. Kendall, C., Silva, S.R., Chang, C.C.Y., Burns, D.A.., Campbell, D.H., and Shanley, J.B., 1996, Use of the d18O and d15N of nitrate to determine sources of nitrate in early spring runoff in forested catchments, in: Isotopes in Water Resources Management, Proceedings of the Symposium on Isotopes in Water Resources Management, March 20-24, 1995, Volume 1, IAEA-SM-336/29, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria, p. 167-176.

 

  1. Kendall, C., Campbell, D.H., Burns, D.A., Shanley, J.B., Silva, S.R., Chang, C.C.Y., 1995, Tracing sources of nitrate in snowmelt runoff using the oxygen and nitrogen isotopic compositions of nitrate, in: Biogeochemistry of Seasonally Snow-Covered Catchments, K.A. Tonnessen, M.W. Williams, M. Trantner, M. (eds.), International Association of Hydrological Sciences Proceedings, July 3-14, 1995, Boulder, CO, I.A.H.S. Publication 228, Wallingford, U.K., p. 339-347.

 

  1. Hendrey, G.R., Galloway, J.N., Norton, S.A., Schofield, C.L., Burns, D.A., and Shaffer, P.W., 1980, Sensitivity of the eastern United States to acid precipitation impacts on surface waters, in: Drablos, D., and Tollan, A. (eds.), Ecological Impact of Acid Precipitation, SNSF Proceedings, Oslo, p. 216-217. 

 

C.        Papers and Reports in Review but not yet Accepted for Publication

 

1.     Burns, D.A., Nystrom, E.A., Wolock, D.M., Bradley, P.M., Riva Murray, K., In Review, An empirical approach to modeling methylmercury concentrations in an Adirondack stream watershed, Journal of Geophysical Research.

 

 

D.        Refereed Journal Reports

 

  1. Allen, G., Burns, D.A., Negra, C., and Thurston, G.D., 2009, Indicator measurements for assessing the impacts of anthropogenic air pollutants on human health and ecosystems, EM: The Magazine for Environmental Managers, Oct. 2009, p. 20-25, Air and Waste Management Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

 

  1. Soulsby, C., Neal, C., Laudon, H., Burns, D.A., Merot, P., Bonell, M., Dunn, S.M., and Tetzlaff, D., 2008, Catchment data for process conceptualization: simply not enough?, Hydrological Processes, 22: 2057-2061.

 

  1. Burns, D.A., 2005, What do hydrologists mean when they use the term flushing?, Hydrological Processes, 19: 1325-1327.

 

  1. Burns, D.A., 2002, Stormflow-hydrographs based on isotopes: the thrill is gone¾what’s next?, Hydrological Processes, 16: 1515-1517.

 

  1. Burns, D.A., Lawrence, G.B., and Murdoch, P.S., 2000, Clean Air Act and acid precipitation receiving increased attention, Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 81: 134.

 

  1. Burns, D.A., Lawrence, G.B., and Murdoch, P.S., 2000, Effects of acid deposition in North America: Current status, Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, 81: 145-146.

 

  1. Government Agency Reports

 

  1. Beaulieu, K.M., Button, D.T., Scudder Eikenberry, B.C., Riva-Murray, K., Chasar, L.C., Bradley, P.M.,  and Burns, D.A., 2012, Mercury bioaccumulation studies in the National Water-Quality Assessment Program-Biological Data from New York and South Carolina, 2005-2009, U.S.Geological Survey Data Series Report 705, Reston, VA, 13 p.

 

2.     Journey, C.A., Burns, D.A., Riva-Murray, K., Brigham, M.E., Button, D.T., Feaster, T.D., and Bradley, P.M., 2012, Fluvial transport of mercury, organic carbon, suspended sediment, and selected major ions in contrasting stream basins in South Carolina and New York:  October 2004 – September 2009. Columbia, SC, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific-Investigation Report 2012-5173, Reston, Virginia, 125 p.

 

3.     Scudder-Eikenberry, B.C., Riva-Murray, K., Smith, M.J., Bradley, P.M., Button, D.T., Clark, J.M., Burns, D.A., Journey, C.A., 2012, Environmental Settings of Streams Sampled for Mercury in New York and South Carolina: 2005–2009, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1318, Reston, Virginia, 115 p.

 

  1. Burns, D.A., Lynch, J., Cosby, B.J., Fenn, M., Baron, J., US Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Air Markets Division, 2011, National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program Report to Congress 2011: An Integrated Assessment, National Science and Technology Council, Washington, DC, 104 p.

 

  1. Nystrom, E.A., Burns, D.A., 2011, TOPMODEL simulations of streamflow and depth to water table in Fishing Brook watershed, New York, 2007-2009, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5190, Reston, Virginia, 72 p.

 

  1. Woodruff, L.G., Cannon, W.F., Knightes, C.D., Chapelle, F.H., Bradley, P.M., Burns, D.A., Brigham, M.E., and Lowery, M.A., 2010, Total mercury, methylmercury, and selected elements in soils of the Fishing Brook watershed, Hamilton County, New York, and the McTier Creek Watershed, Aiken County, South Carolina, 2008, U.S. Geological Survey Data Series Report 516, 10 p.

 

  1. McHale, M.R., Murdoch, P.S., Burns, D.A., Baldigo, B.P., 2008, Effects of forest harvesting on ecosystem health in the headwaters of the New York City water supply, Catskill Mountains, New York, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5057, 22 p.

 

  1. Burns, D.A., Murray, K.R., Bode, R.W., 2006, Changes in stream chemistry and aquatic biota in response to the decreased acidity of atmospheric deposition in the Neversink River Basin, Catskill Mountains, New York, 1987 to 2003, NYSERDA Report 06-16, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Albany, NY, 20 p.

 

9.     Burns, D.A., Driscoll, C.T., Lovett, G.M., McHale, M.R., Mitchell, M.J., Weathers, K., Roy, K., 2005, An assessment of recovery and key processes affecting the response of surface waters to reduced levels of acid precipitation in the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains, NYSERDA Report 05-03, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Albany, NY, 30 p.

 

  1. Burns, D.A., 2002, The effects of atmospheric nitrogen deposition in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and southern Wyoming¾a synthesis and critical assessment of published results, U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 02-4066, 41 p.

 

  1. Lawrence, G.B., Burns, D.A., Baldigo, B.P., and Murdoch, P.S., 2001, Controls of stream chemistry and fish populations in the Neversink watershed, Catskill Mountains, New York, U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 00-4040, 16 p.

 

  1. Burns, D.A., and Nguyen, L., 1999, Tracing nitrate and water movement through a wetland by application of a solution containing 15N labeled nitrate and lithium bromide to experimental plots, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Internal Agency Report, Hamilton, New Zealand, 37 p.

 

  1. Burns, D.A., and Nguyen, L., 1999, Sources of runoff to a riparian wetland at the Whatawhata Research Centre: A preliminary study of two rainfall events, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Internal Agency Report, Hamilton, New Zealand, 27 p.

 

  1. Burns, D.A., Karouna, N.K., and Murdoch, P.S., 1997, Effects of forest harvesting on nitrogen-cycling processes in headwaters of the Neversink River of New York, U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet FS-243-96, 4 p.

 

  1. Lawrence, G.B., Burns, D.A., Murdoch, P.S., Baldigo, B., and Baevsky, Y.H., 1994, Work plan of the Neversink Watershed Study in southeastern New York, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 94-368, 100 p.

 

  1. Burns, D.A., Murdoch, P.S., and Lawrence, G.B., 1992, Water-quality studies in the Catskill region of New York, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 92-30, 2 p.

 

  1. Hendrey, G.R., Galloway, J.N., Norton, S.A., Schofield, C.L., Shaffer, P.W, and Burns, D.A., 1980, Geological and hydrochemical sensitivity of the eastern United States to acid precipitation, EPA-600/3-80-024, Corvallis, OR., 99 p. (also published under same title as Brookhaven National Laboratory Report No. 51189).

 

  1. Unpublished Academic Theses

 

  1. Burns, D.A., 1999, The hydrochemistry of stormflow in a forested Piedmont catchment, Ph.D. Dissertation, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, 192 p.

 

  1. Burns, D.A., 1982, Speciation and equilibrium modeling of soluble aluminum in a small headwater stream, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, M.S. Thesis, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., 105 p.

 

  1. Outreach Publications

 

  1. Burns, D.A., Murray, K.R., 2008, On the trail of mercury in the Upper Hudson River watershed, Spruce Moose, Publication of the Adirondack Ecological Center Newcomb Campus, Fall-Winter 2008 Edition, p. 9-11.

 

  1. Burns, D.A., 2006, Catskill Mountain region is sensitive to the effects of acid rain, Catskill Forest Association News, Fall 2006 Newsletter.

 

  1. Burns, D.A., 2002, Research and monitoring of Catskill streams: The role of the U.S. Geological Survey, Catskill Center News, Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Arkville, NY, p. 3.

  




                           

My Science Topics


Science Topic
Subtopic
Water Resourcessurface water quality
Ecology and Environmentaquatic ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentfreshwater ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentwetlands
Environmental Issueshuman impacts
Environmental Issuesindustrial pollution
Environmental Issuesland use change



My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

Climate Variability & Change

Effects of Human Activities and Natural Disturbances on Ecosystems

Particular focus is the effect of human activities on the cycling of chemical elements such as mercury, nitrogen, carbon, and sulfur, in the environment. Research describes and quantifies the hydrological and biogeochemical processes that affect surface water chemistry. 


Contact Information

Douglas Burns
425 Jordan Road
Troy, NY 12180
518-285-5662
518-285-5601 - Fax
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