Scott Ensign

Photo of Scott Ensign Vice President, Assistant Director, Research Scientist
Stroud Water Research Center
970 Spencer Road
Avondale, Pennsylvania 19311
Phone: 610-268-2153 x223

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

tidal freshwater ecosystems, river herring, phytoplankton, nitrogen, estuary water quality, sea level rise, coastal wetlands

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Biographical Sketch

I’m an ecosystem ecologist working to discover how plants, animals, and microbes interact within rivers and how the results of those processes influence how people and society interact with rivers. In collaboration with my colleagues, I make biogeochemical measurements, perform experiments, and interpret results using statistical models and analysis. I’m particularly interested in developing new measurement technologies for aquatic environments, exploring how sea level rise affects rivers, and implementing conservation techniques that improve both ecological conditions and the utility people derive from freshwater ecosystems.


  • Post-Doctoral Mendenhall Research Fellow, USGS, Reston, VA
  • Ph.D., Ecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.S., Ecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., Environmental Science, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

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