Molly Van Appledorn

Biography

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.

I am currently involved in a collaborative project to describe the relationships between flooding dynamics and forest composition and structure for the 2.6 million acre Upper Mississippi River System floodplain. The research results will be used to inform management practices by partner agencies and stakeholders to ensure the long-term sustainability of a national treasure.

Prior to joining the USGS in 2016 as an Ecologist, I received training in Geography and Environmental Systems (Ph.D., 2016, University of Maryland Baltimore County), Ecology (M.S., 2009, Utah State University), and Environmental Science (B.S., 2003, University of Michigan).