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Molly Van Appledorn, PhD

My research centers on understanding how river-floodplain ecosystems function by combining tools and approaches from the disciplines of ecology, hydrology, hydraulics, geomorphology, geographic information science, and statistics. By unpacking important ecosystem processes I can contribute to better stewardship of the unique sets of natural resources they support.

A large focus of my work is to describe the relationships between flooding dynamics and ecological patterns and processes. I also regularly collaborate with other scientists to understand climate change impacts on river-floodplain ecosystems; silvicultural best practices in floodplain forests; and how hydrologic, sediment, and wood regimes interact to shape the quality and distribution of aquatic habitats. The research is used to inform management practices by partner agencies and stakeholders to ensure the long-term sustainability of our ecosystems.

Education and Certifications

  • Environmental Science B.S., 2003, University of Michigan

  • Ecology M.S., 2009, Utah State University

  • Geography and Environmental Systems Ph.D., 2016, University of Maryland Baltimore County

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