Stroud Water Research Center
970 Spencer Rd
Avondale, Pennsylvania 19311
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Algal Blooms, Ecosystem Structure and Function, Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Suspended Sediment, Dam Removal, Ecosystem Restoration, DenitrificationView Marc's CV
Marc Peipoch is interested in the effects of nutrient pollution on aquatic biodiversity and nutrient cycling in freshwater ecosystems. His research focuses on the interactions among ecological and biogeochemical processes that drive aquatic ecosystem dynamics, and uses a diverse set of tools including field experiments, water quality sensors, and modeling approaches.
Specific projects that address these research interests include studies of nutrient spiraling in “pristine” and polluted streams, the influence of low-head milldams on water quality, biological nutrient removal within sediment plumes in agricultural streams, restoration of habitat complexity and ecosystem services in river floodplains, algal growth and nutrient uptake in large rivers, and causes and consequences of riverine algal blooms.
Most of his work has been done and continues to be in streams and rivers of the Piedmont region, the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains of Montana, and/or the Mediterranean Basin.
- 2014 Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology, University of Barcelona (Spain), Department of Ecology & Spanish National Research Council, Advisor: Dr. Eugènia Martí
- 2010 M.S. in Fundamental Ecology, University of Barcelona (Spain), Department of Ecology & Spanish National Research Council, Advisor: Dr. Eugènia Martí
- 2009 B.Sc. in Environmental science, University of Girona (Spain)
Ongoing and Recent CESU Projects
2019 – 2022 NCRN; United States National Park Service, Monitoring Fish Populations and Stream Habitat Quality for National Park Service Units of the National Capital Region Network
2021 – 2024 NCRN; Stream Water Vital Signs: evaluating data quality, revising, and updating protocols, and analyzing long-term data to meet natural resource inform
- Influences of restored floodplain connectivity and reduced metal and nutrient loading on river ecosystem structure and function.
- Assessing ecosystem services (denitrification) of low-head milldams
- Evaluate the environmental impacts of emergent contaminants and activated sludge microbes on stream biofilms and the ecosystem services they provide.
- Assessment of biological nitrogen removal (denitrification) in sediment plumes and its potential influences on watershed nitrogen export.
- Effects of agricultural practices on stream water quality
- Monitoring of water quantity and quality for development of alternative TMDL plans