Edward Stets

Edward (Ted) Stets is a Research Ecologist with the USGS in Mounds View, MN.  He studies water quality and environmental change mostly in freshwater systems.  His expertise includes biogeochemistry, data analysis, statistical methods, trend analysis, and project management.  Ted is currently involved with projects nationally (NAWQA, IWP) and focused in the Upper Mississipi and Boulder Creek, CO.


B.S. - 1996, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, Biological Sciences / Environmental Sciences

M.S. - 2001, University of South Alabama, Dauphin Island, AL, Marine Sciences

Ph.D. - 2007, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, Ecology

2019-Present Research Ecologist, Water Mission Area Mounds View, MN
2017-2019 Research Ecologist, Water Mission Area Boulder, CO
2011-2017 Research Ecologist, National Research Program Boulder, CO
2009-2011 Ecologist, National Research Program Boulder, CO
2007-2009 Post-doctoral Fellow, National Academy of Sciences Boulder, CO

Selected Publications

Stackpoole, S.M., E.G. Stets, and L.A. Sprague. (2019) Variable impacts of contemporary versus legacy agricultural phosphorus on US river water quality. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 116, pp. 20562-20567, https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1903226116.

Savoy, P., A.P. Appling, J.B. Heffernan, E.G. Stets, J.S. Read, J.W. Harvey, and E.S. Bernhardt. (2019) Metabolic rhythms in flowing waters: An approach for classifying river productivity regimes.  Limnology and Oceanography, vol. 64, pp. 1835-1851, https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.11154.

Oelsner, G.P., and E.G. Stets. (2019) Recent trends in nutrient and sediment loading to coastal areas of the conterminous U.S.: Insights and global context. Science of the Total Environment, vol. 654, pp. 1225-1240. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.10.437.

Bernhardt, E. S., J. B. Heffernan, N. B. Grimm, E. H. Stanley, J. W. Harvey, M. Arroita, A. P. Appling, M. J. Cohen, W. H. McDowell, R. O. Hall, J. S. Read, B. J. Roberts, E. G. Stets, and C. B. Yackulic. (2018). The metabolic regimes of flowing waters. Limnology and Oceanography, vol. 63, pp. S99-S118, https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.10726.

Stets, E. G., C. J. Lee, D. A. Lytle, and M. R. Schock (2018). Increasing chloride in rivers of the conterminous U.S. and linkages to potential corrosivity and lead action level exceedances in drinking water. Science of the Total Environment, vol. 613, pp. 1498-1509, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.07.119.

Jenni, K. E., M. B. Goldhaber, J. L. Betancourt, J. S. Baron, R. S. Bristol, M. Cantrill, P. E. Exter, M. J. Focazio, J. W. Haines, L. E. Hay, L. Hsu, V. F. Labson, K. D. Lafferty, K. A. Ludwig, P. C. Milly, T. L. Morelli, S. A. Morman, N. T. Nassar, T. R. Newman, A. C. Ostroff, J. S. Read, S. C. Reed, C. D. Shapiro, R. A. Smith, W. E. Sanford, T. L. Sohl, E. G. Stets, A. J. Terando, D. E. Tillitt, M. A. Tischler, P. L. Toccalino, D. J. Wald, M. P. Waldrop, A. Wein, J. F. Weltzin, and C. E. Zimmerman (2017). Grand challenges for integrated USGS science—A workshop report. Report 2017-1076, Reston, VA., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171076.

Stets, E. G., D. Butman, C. P. McDonald, S. M. Stackpoole, M. D. DeGrandpre, and R. G. Striegl (2017). Carbonate buffering and metabolic controls on carbon dioxide in rivers. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 31:663-677, https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171076.

Crawford, J. T., L. C. Loken, E. H. Stanley, E. G. Stets, M. M. Dornblaser, and R. G. Striegl (2016). Basin scale controls on CO2 and CH4 emissions from the Upper Mississippi River. Geophysical Research Letters 43:1973-1979. https://doi.org/10.1002/2015GL067599.

Hall, E.K., D.O. Schoolmaster Jr., A.M. Amado, E.G. Stets, J.T. Lennon, L. Domine, J.B. Cotner. (2016) Scaling relationships among drivers of aquatic respiration: from the smallest to the largest freshwater ecosystems. Inland Waters, vol. 6(1), pp. 1-10, doi: 10.5268/IW-6.1.839.[Link]

Butman, D., S.M. Stackpoole, E.G. Stets, C.P. McDonald, D.W. Clow, and R.G. Striegl. (2015) Aquatic carbon cycling in the conterminous United States and implications for terrestrial carbon accounting. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 113 (1), pp. 58-63, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1512651112. [Link]

Stets EG, Kelly VJ, Crawford CG (2014) Long-term trends in alkalinity in large rivers of the conterminous US in relation to acidification, agriculture, and hydrologic modification. Science of the Total Environment, 488–489, 280-289.doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.04.054. [Download File]

Striegl, R.G., M.M. Dornblaser, C.P. McDonald, J.A. Rover, and E.G. Stets. (2012). Carbon dioxide and methane emissions from the Yukon River system. vol. 26, GB0E05, doi:10.1029/2012GB004306. [Link]

Stets, E.G., V.J. Kelly, W. Broussard, T. Smith, and C.G. Crawford. (2012). Century-scale perspective on water quality in selected river basins of the conterminous United States. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012-5225, 120p. [Link]

McDonald, C.P., J.A. Rover, E.G. Stets, and R.G. Striegl. (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, vol. 57, pp. 597-606, doi: 10.4319/lo.2012.57.2.0597. [Link]

Stets, E.G., T.C. Winter, D.O Rosenberry, and R.G. Striegl. (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, vol 46, W03515, doi: 10.1029/2009WR007793. [Link]

Stets, E.G., R.G. Striegl, D.O. Rosenberry, G.R. Aiken, and T.C. Winter. (2009). Hydrologic support of carbon dioxide flux revealed by whole-lake carbon budgets. Journal of Geophysical Research, Series G: Biogeosciences, vol. 114, G01008, doi: 10.1029/2008JG000783. [Link]

Stets, E.G. and J.B. Cotner. (2008). The influence of dissolved organic carbon on bacterial phosphorus uptake and bacteria-phytoplankton dynamics in two Minnesota lakes. Limnology and Oceanography, vol. 53, pp. 137-147. [Link]