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Donald Campbell

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As Don was finishing his graduate work at Colorado State in 1983, he heard that the USGS needed a body to ride horses into the wilderness and collect water quality samples. Thus began a career with the USGS Colorado Water Science Center studying the hydrology and biogeochemistry of lakes and streams.  His research interests include flowpath contols on surface-water chemistry, physical and chemical processes during snow accumulation and melt, episodic and chronic acidification of alpine and subalpine aquatic ecosystems, nitrogen cycling in high-altitude watersheds, bio­geochemical processes in headwater basins, application of stable isotope techniques, atmospheric deposition and fate of mercury and organic pollutants, and the effects of climate on water availability.  After 24 years as a research scientist and team leader, he spent 2 years as Associate Director for Hydrologic Investigations in the Colorado Water Science Center.  Since 2010, Don has served as Central Branch Chief for the National Research Program.

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Neilson, B.J., Anderson, G.F., and Campbell, D.H., 1982, Evaluation of non-point source water quality management practices in the Hampton Roads area: Final report to Hampton Roads Water Quality Agency. Department of Physical Oceanography and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Pt., VA 23062 

Stednick, J.D., and Campbell, D.H., 1983. Transport of road-derived sediment as a function of slope characteristics and time. Report from Dept. of Earth Resources, Colorado State University, to the Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins CO. 46 pp.

Campbell, D.H., 1984, The transport of road-derived sediment as a function of slope characteristics and time: M.S. thesis, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523.

Turk, J.T., and Campbell, D.H., 1984, Prediction of lake alkalinity in the Rocky Mountain West: in: Air Quality and acid deposition potential in the Bridger and Fitzpatrick Wildernesses, U.S. Forest Service, Ogden, UT, p. 268-274.  

Turk, J.T., and Campbell, D.H., 1987, Estimates of acidification of lakes in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, Colorado: Water Resources Research, v.23, no.9, p.1757- 1761

Campbell, D.H. and Turk, J.T., 1988, Effects of sulfur dioxide emissions on stream chemistry in the Western United States: Water Resources Research, v. 24, no. 6, p. 871-878.

Campbell, D.H., and Turk, J.T., 1990, Controls on precipitation sulfate in Colorado: in Proceedings of the International Mountain Watershed Symposium, Lake Tahoe, Nevada June 8-10, 1988, Tahoe resource conservation district, South Lake Tahoe, CA, p. 350-359.

Campbell, D.H., Turk, J.T., and Spahr, N.E., 1991, Response of Ned Wilson Lake Watershed, Colorado, to changes in atmospheric deposition of sulfate: Water  Resources Research v. 27, no. 8 p. 2047-2060.

Turk, J. T., Campbell, D.H., Ingersoll, G.P., and Clow, D.W., 1992, Initial findings of synoptic snowpack sampling in the Colorado Rocky Mountains: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 92-645

Turk, J.T., Spahr, N.E., and Campbell, D.H., 1992, Planning document of Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical-Budget (WEBB) Research Project, Loch Vale Watershed, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 92-628 .

Turk, J.T., Campbell, D.H., and Spahr, N.E., 1993, Use of  chemistry and stable-sulfur isotopes to determine sources of trends in sulfate of Colorado lakes: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 67:415-431

Campbell, D.H., Clow, D.W., Ingersoll, G.P., Mast, M.A., Spahr, N.E., and Turk, J.T., 1995, Processes controlling the chemistry of 2 snowmelt-dominated streams in the Rocky Mountains: Water Resources Research v.31 n.11 p.2811-2821.

Campbell, D.H., Clow, D.W., Ingersoll, G.P., Mast, M.A., Spahr, N.E., and Turk, J.T., 1995, Nitrogen deposition and release in alpine watersheds, Loch Vale, Colorado, U.S.A.: Tonnessen, K., Williams, M., and Trantner, M., (eds.), Biogeochemistry of seasonally snow-covered catchments, International Association of Hydrological Sciences Publication No. 228, p.243-254.

Kendall, C., Campbell, D.H., Burns, D.A., Silva, S.R., Chang, C.C.Y., and Shanley, J.B., 1995, Tracing sources of nitrate in snowmelt runoff using the oxygen and nitrogen isotopic compositions of nitrate: Tonnessen, K., Williams, M., and Trantner, M., (eds.), Biogeochemistry of seasonally snow-covered catchments, International Association of Hydrological Sciences Publication No. 228, p.339-348.

Kendall, C., Silva, S.R., Chang, C.C.Y, Burns, D.A., Campbell, D.H., and Shanley, J.B., 1995, Use of the ?18O and ?15N of nitrate to determine sources of nitrate in early spring runoff in forested catchments: in Isotopes in water resources management,  proceedings of an International Atomic Energy Agency symposium, Vienna, Austria, March 20-24, 1995, IAEA-SM-336/29, pp.167-176.

Mast, M.A., Kendall, C., Campbell, D.H., Clow, D.W., and Back, J., 1995, Determination of hydrologic pathways in an alpine-subalpine basin using isotopic and chemical tracers: Tonnessen, K., Williams, M., and Trantner, M., (eds.), Biogeochemistry of seasonally snow-covered catchments, International Association of Hydrological Sciences Publication No. 228, p.263-270.

Clow, D.W., Mast, M.A., and Campbell, D.H., 1996, Controls on surface-water chemistry in the Upper Merced River Basin, Yosemite National Park: Hydrological Processes v. 10, 727-746.

Ingersoll, G.P., Campbell, D.H., and Spahr, N.E., 1996, Snowdepth variability in a small alpine watershed: in Proceedings of the Western Snow Conference, April 1996, Bend OR ,  ISSN 0161-0589, pp. 159-162.

Baron, J. and Campbell, D. H., 1997, Nitrogen fluxes in a high-elevation Colorado Rocky Mountain Basin: Hydrological Processes v. 11, 783-799.

Hauer, F.R., Baron, J.S., Campbell, D.H., Fausch, K.D., Hostetler, S.W, Leavesley, G.H, Leavitt, P.R., McKnight, D.M, and Stanford, J.A., 1997, Assesment of climate change and freshwater ecosystems of the Rocky Mountains, USA and Canada: Hydrological Processes, v. 11, 903-924.

Ranalli, A.J., Turk, J.T., and Campbell, D.H., 1997, The use of bulk collectors in monitoring wet deposition at high-altitude sites in winter: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 95: 237-255.

Turk, J.T. and Campbell, D.H., 1997, Are aquatic resources of the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area in Colorado affected by acid depostion and what will emissions reductions at the locat power plants do? U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet FS-043-97.

Inyan, B.J., Williams, M.W., Tonnessen, K.A., Turk, J.T., and Campbell, D.H., 1998, Seasonal inorganic nitrogen release in alpine lakes on the Colorado Western Slope, Physical Geography 19: 406-420.

Kendall, C., Battaglin, W.A., Cabana, G., Chang, C.C.Y., Silva, S.R., Porter, S.G., Goolsby, D.A., Campbell, D.H., Hooper, R.P., and Schmitt, C.J., 1999, Isotopic tracing of nitrogen sources and cycling in the Missississippi River Basin, Morganwalp, D.W., and Buxton, H.T., eds., U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program--Proceedings of the Technical Meeting, Charleston, South Carolina, March 8-12, 1999, U.S. Geological Survey Water- Resources Investigation Report 99-4018A.

Chang, C.C.Y., Langstrom, J., Riggs, M., Campbell, D.H., Silva, S.R., and Kendall, C., 1999, A method for nitrate collection for d15N and d18O analysis for dilute waters, Canadian Journal of  Fisheries and Aquatic Science 56:1856-1864.

Brooks, P.D., Campbell, D.H., Tonnessen, K.A., and Heuer, K., 2000, Natural variability in N export from headwater catchments: snow cover controls on ecosystem N retention, Hydrological Processes 13: 2191-2201.

Campbell, D.H., Baron, J., Tonnessen, K. A., Brooks, P.D., and Schuster, P.F., 2000, Controls on nitrogen flux in alpine/subalpine watersheds of Colorado, Water Resources Research 36: 37-47.

Michel, R.L., Campbell, D., Clow, D., and Turk, J., 2000, Timescales for migration of atmospherically derived sulphate through an alpine/subalpine watershed, Loch Vale, Colorado, Water Resources Research 36: 27-36.

Meixner, T., Bales, R.C., Williams, M.W., Campbell, D.H., and Baron, J.S., 2000, Stream chemistry modeling of two watersheds in the Front Range, Colorado, Water Resources Research 36: 77-87.

Clow, D.W., Campbell, D.H., Mast, M.A., Striegl, R.G., and Wickland, K.P., 2000, Loch Vale, Colorado-- A Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Budgets Program Site: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 164-99.

Ingersoll, G.P., Tonnessen, K.A., Campbell, D.H., Glass, B.R., Torizzo, A.O., 2000, Comparing bulk-deposition chemistry to wetfall chemistry in and near Rocky Mt. National Park, Colorado, Proceedings of the Air and Waste Management Association’s 93rd Annual Conference, Salt lake City, Utah, June 18-22, 2000, CD-ROM, 18 p.

Battaglin, W.A., Kendall, C., Chang, C.C.Y, Campbell, D.H., and Silva, S.R., 2001, Isotopic and Chemical Evidence for Denitrification or Other Nitrogen Loss in the Mississippi River, 1997-1998, Hydrological Processes 15: 1285-1300.

Battaglin, W.A., Kendall, C., Chang, C.C.Y., Silva, S.R., and Campbell, D.H., 2001, Isotopic and chemical composition of inorganic and organic samples from the Mississippi River Basin, 1997-1998, U.S. Geological Survey Water- Resources Investigation Report 01-4095.

Turk, J.T., Taylor, H.E., Ingersoll, G.P., Tonnessen, K.A., Clow, D.W., Mast, M.A., Campbell, D.H., Melack, J.M., 2001, Major ion chemistry of the Rocky Mountain snowpack, Atmospheric Environment 35:3957-3966.

Campbell, D.H., Kendall, C., Chang, C.C.Y., Silva, S.R., and Tonnessen, K.A., 2002, Pathways for nitrate release from an alpine watershed: determination using 15N and 18O, Water Resources Research 38 (5) 10.1029/2001WR000294.

Chang, C.C.Y., Kendall, C., Silva, S.R., Battaglin, W.A., and Campbell, D.H., 2002, Nitrate stable istopes:tools for determining nitrate sources among different land uses in the Mississippi River Basin. Canadian Journal of  Fisheries and Aquatic Science 59: 1874-1885.

Clow, D.W., Striegl, R.G., Nanus, L., Mast, M.A., Campbell, D.H., Krabbenhoft, D.P., 2002, Chemistry of selected high-elevation lakes in seven national parks in the western United States, Water, Air, and Soil Pollution Focus 2: 139-164.

Clow, D.W., G.P. Ingersoll, M.A. Mast, J.T. Turk, and D.H. Campbell, 2002, Comparison of snowpack and winter wet-deposition chemistry in the Rocky Mountains, USA: Implications for winter dry deposition, Atmospheric Environment  36: 2337-2348.

Ingersoll, G.P., Turk, J.T., Mast, M.A., Clow, D.W., Campbell, D.H., and Bailey, Z.C., 2002, Rocky Mountain Snowpack Chemistry Network: History, Methods, and the Importance of monitoring mountain ecosystems, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 01-466, 14 p.

Michel, R.L, Turk, J.T., Campbell, D.H., and Mast, M.A., 2002, Use of natural 35S to trace sulfphate cycling in a small lake in the Flattops Wilderness Area, Colorado, USA, Water, Air, and Soil Pollution Focus 2: 5-18.

Campbell, D.H., 2003, Atmospheric deposition and its effects in the Intermountain West, in Acid Rain: Are the Problems Solved?, J. White ed., American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD, 260p.

Clow, D.W., Schrott, L., Webb, R.M., Campbell, D.H., Torizzo, A.O., and Dornblaser, M.M., 2003, Groundwater occurrence and contributions to streamflow in an alpine catchment, Colorado Front Range: Ground Water v.41 n.7.

Clow, D.W., Sickman, J.O., Striegl, R.G., Krabbenhoft, D.P., Elliott, J.G., Dornblaser, M.M., Roth, D.A., and Campbell, D.H., 2003, Changes in the chemistry of lakes and precipitation in high-elevation National Parks in the western United States, 1985-99: Water Resources Research 39: 6, 1171doi:10.1029/2002WR001533.

Ingersoll, George P.; Mast, M. Alisa; Clow, David W.; Nanus, Leora; Campbell, Donald H.; Handran, Heather, 2003, Rocky Mountain snowpack chemistry at selected sites for 2001, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2003-048, 11 p.

Landers, D.H., S.L. Simonich, D.H. Campbell, M.M. Erway, L.H. Geiser, D.A. Jaffe, M.L. Kent, C.B.Schreck, T.F. Blett, and H.E. Taylor. 2003. Western Airborne Contaminants Assessment Project Research Plan. EPA/600/R-03/035. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, NHEERL, Western Ecology Division, Corvallis, Oregon.

Mast, M.A., Campbell, D.H., Ingersoll, G.P., Foreman, W.T., and Krabbenhoft, D.P., 2003, Atmospheric deposition of nutrients, pesticides, and mercury in Rocky Mountain National Park, 2002, U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Investigations Report 03-4241, 14 p.

Muths, E., D.H. Campbell, and P.S. Corn, 2003, Hatching success in salamanders and chorus frogs at two sites in Colorado, USA: effects of acidic deposition and climate, Amphibia-Reptilia 24: 27-36

Nanus, L., D.H. Campbell, G.P. Ingersoll, D.W. Clow, and M.A. Mast, 2003, Atmospheric deposition maps for the Rocky Mountains, Atmospheric Environment 37: 4881-4892.

Campbell, D.H., E. Muths, J.T. Turk, and P.S. Corn, 2004, Sensitivity to acidification of sub-alpine ponds and lakes in Northwestern Colorado, Hydrological Processes 18: 2817-2834.

Ingersoll, George P.; Mast, M. Alisa; Nanus, Leora; Manthorne, David J.; Clow, David W.; Handran, Heather M.; Winterringer, Jesse A.; Campbell, Donald H., 2004, Rocky Mountain Snowpack Chemistry at Selected Sites, 2002, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1027, 15 p.

Brooks, P.D., C. M. O’Reilly, S. A. Diamond, D. H. Campbell, R. Knapp, D. Bradford, P. S. Corn, B. R. Hossack, K. Tonnessen,  2005,  Spatial and Temporal Variability in the Amount and Source of Dissolved Organic Carbon: Implications for UV Exposure in Amphibian Habitats.  Ecosystems 8: 478-487.

Mast, M.A., D.H. Campbell, D.P. Krabbenhoft, and H.E. Taylor, 2005, Mercury transport in a high-elevation watershed in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 164: 21-42

Mast, M.A., D.H.Campbell, and G.P. Ingersoll, 2005, Effects of Emission Reductions at the Hayden Powerplant on Precipitation, Snowpack, and Surface-Water Chemistry in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, Colorado, 1995-2003, USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5167, 37p.

Nanus, L., D.H. Campbell, and M.W. Williams, 2005, Sensitivity of alpine and subalpine lakes to acidification from atmospheric deposition in Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5023, 41p.

Hageman, K.J., S. L. Simonich, D. H. Campbell, G. R. Wilson, and D. H. Landers, 2006, Atmospheric Deposition of Current-Use and Historic-Use Pesticides in Snow at National Parks in the Western United States; Environ. Sci. Technol.; 40(10) pp 3174 – 3180; DOI: 10.1021/es060157c

Peters N.E., Walker J.F., Shanley J.B., Aulenbach B.T., Webb R.M., Campbell D.H., Hunt R., Larsen M.C., Stallard R.F., Troester J., 2006, Water and solute mass balance of five small, relatively undisturbed watersheds in the U.S., Science of the Total Environment 358: 221-242.   

James B. Shanley, M. Alisa Mast, Donald H. Campbell, George R. Aiken, David P. Krabbenhoft, Randall J. Hunt, John F. Walker, Paul F. Schuster, Ann Chalmers, Brent T. Aulenbach , Norman E. Peters , Mark Marvin-DiPasquale , David W. Clow , Martin M. Shafer , 2008, Comparison of total mercury and methylmercury cycling at five sites using the small watershed approach, Environ. Pollut. (2008), doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2007.12.031

Clow, D.W., and Campbell, D.H., 2008, Atmospheric deposition and surface-water chemistry in Mount Rainier and North Cascades National Parks, U.S.A., water years 2000 and 2005–2006: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008–5152, 37 p.

Ingersoll, G.P., Campbell, D.H., and Mast, M.A., 2008, Comparison of Atmospheric Deposition among Three Sites In and Near the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, Colorado, 2003–2005: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008–5229, 17 p.

Landers, D.H., S.L. Simonich, D.A. Jaffe, L.H. Geiser, D.H. Campbell, A.R. Schwindt, C.B. Schreck, M.L. Kent, W.D. Hafner, H.E. Taylor, K.J. Hageman, S. Usenko, L.K. Ackerman, J.E. Schrlau, N.L. Rose, T.F. Blett, and M.M. Erway. 2008. The Fate, Transport, and Ecological Impacts of Airborne Contaminants in Western National Parks (USA). EPA/600/R-07/138. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, NHEERL, Western Ecology Division, Corvallis, Oregon. Available at: http://www.nature.nps.gov/air/studies/air_toxics/wacap.cfm

Ingersoll, George P., M. Alisa Mast, Donald H. Campbell, David W. Clow, Leora Nanus and John T. Turk, 2008  Trends in snowpack chemistry and comparison to National Atmospheric Deposition Program results for the Rocky Mountains, US, 1993–2004,
Atmospheric Environment, Volume 42, Issue 24, August 2008, Pages 6098-6113

 

Nanus, Leora / Williams, Mark W / Campbell, Donald H / Elliott, Emily M / Kendall, Carol , 2008,  Evaluating regional patterns in nitrate sources to watersheds in National Parks of the Rocky Mountains using nitrate isotopes., Environmental science & technology, 42 (17), p.6487-6493

Fenn, M.E., Sickman, J.O., Bytnerowicz, A., Clow, D.W., Molotch, N.P., Pleim, J.E., Tonnesen, G.S., Weathers, K.C., Padgett, P.E., and Campbell., D.H., 2009. Methods for measuring atmospheric nitrogen deposition inputs in arid and montane ecosystems of western North America. pp. 179-228 In A.H. Legge (ed.), Developments in Environmental Science, Vol. 9: Relating Atmospheric Source Apportionment to Vegetation Effects: Establishing Cause Effect Relationships. Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Nanus, L.,  M. W. Williams, D. H. Campbell, K. A. Tonnessen, T. Blett, D. W. Clow  (2009) Assessment of lake sensitivity to acidic deposition in national parks of the Rocky Mountains. Ecological Applications: Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 961-973.  doi: 10.1890/07-1091.1

Ingersoll, George P.; Mast, M. Alisa; Campbell, Donald H.; Clow, David W.; Nanus, Leora; Turk, John T, 2009, Rocky Mountain Snowpack Physical and Chemical Data for Selected Sites, 1993-2008; Data Series; 369;. http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/369/

 

Hageman, Kimberly J.; Hafner, William D.; Campbell, Donald H.; Jaffe, Daniel A.; Landers, Dixon H.; Massey Simonich, Staci L. 2010. Variability in Pesticide Deposition and Source Contributions to Snowpack in Western U.S. National Parks. Environmental Science and Technology: Vol 44, 4452–4458. Abstract available from Environmental Science and Technology online.

 

Usenko, Sascha; Massey Simonich, Staci L.; Hageman, Kimberly J.; Schrlau, Jill E.; Geiser, Linda; Campbell, Donald H.; Applyby, Peter G.; Landers, Dixon H. 2010. Sources and Deposition of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons to Western U.S. National Parks. Environmental Science and Technology: Vol 44, 4512–4518. Abstract available from Environmental Science and Technology online.

 

Landers, Dixon H.; Simonich, Staci Massey; Jaffe, Daniel; Geiser, Linda; Campbell, Donald H.; Schwindt, Adam; Schreck, Carl; Kent, Michael; Hafner, Will; Taylor, Howard E.; Hageman, Kimberley; Usenko, Sascha; Ackerman, Luke; Schrlau, Jill; Rose, Neil; Blett, Tamara; Erway, Marilyn Morrison. 2010. The Western Airborne Contaminant Assessment Project (WACAP): An Interdisciplinary Evaluation of the Impacts of Airborne Contaminants in Western U.S. National Parks. Environmental Science and Technology. Vol 44: 855-859. Full text article available from Environmental Science and Technology online.

 

Belnap, Jayne, and Campbell, D.H., 2011, Effects of climate change and land use on water resources in the Upper Colorado River Basin: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010–3123, 6 p. http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2010/3123/

 

Belnap, Jayne, and Campbell, D.H., 2011, Upper Colorado River Basin Climate Effects Network: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010–3092, 2 p.  http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2010/3092/




                           

My Science Topics


Science Topic
Subtopic
Ecology and Environmentaquatic ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentecological processes
Water Resourceslakes
Water Resourcessurface water
Water Resourceswater quality
Environmental Issuescontamination and pollution
Hydrologic Processeshydrology
Natural Resourceswater resources



My USGS Science Strategy Areas

A Water Census of the United States

Climate Variability & Change

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

Research Focus Areas

Hydrology and biogeochemistry

 

Airborne Contaminants

http://www.nature.nps.gov/air/Studies/air_toxics/wacap.cfm

 

Water Availability

http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2010/3123/


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