Rosemary Fanelli, Ph.D.

Rosemary is a Hydrologist with the USGS. Her research focuses on assessing the impacts of land use and management on freshwater aquatic ecosystems. Current projects include characterizing spatial and temporal patterns in water quality stressors, explaining trends in water quality, and assessing the effects of management and restoration activities on stream ecosystems.



Ph.D., Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Science, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

M.S., Watershed Hydrology and Management, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY

B.S., Environmental Earth Science, SUNY College at Brockport, Brockport, NY


Professional Experience

2019 – Present     Hydrologist, USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center, Raleigh, NC

2016 – 2019        Hydrologist, USGS MD-DE-DC Water Science Center, Baltimore, MD

2014 - 2016        Pathways Career Hydrology InternUSGS MD-DE-DC Water Science Center, Baltimore, MD

2010 - 2016        Graduate Research Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park, MD


Additional publications not listed below

Moore, J, R. Fanelli, and A. Sekellick. 2020. High-frequency data reveal deicing salts drive elevated conductivity and chloride along with pervasive and frequent exceedances of the EPA chloride aquatic life criteria in urban streams. Environ. Sci. Technology 54, 2, 778-789.

Fanelli, R, K. Prestegaard, and M. Palmer. 2019. Urban legacies: Aquatic stressors and low biodiversity persist despite regenerative stormwater conveyance implementation. Freshwater Science. DOI: 10.1086/706072.

Fanelli, R, J. Blomquist, and R. Hirsch. 2019. Point sources and agricultural practices control spatial-temporal patterns of orthophosphate in tributaries to Chesapeake Bay. Science of the Total Environment. 652: p 422-433.

Fanelli, R., K. Prestegaard, and M. Palmer. 2017 Evaluation of infiltration-based stormwater management to restore hydrological processes in urban headwater streams. Hydrological Processes.

Palmer, M.A., S. Filoso and R. Fanelli. 2014. From ecosystems to ecosystem services: restoration as ecological engineering. Ecological Engineering65:62-70.

Lautz, LK and R. Fanelli. 2008. Seasonal multivariate analysis of streambed biogeochemical hotspots around stream restoration structures. Biogeochemistry, 91(1): 85-104.

Fanelli, R. and LK Lautz. 2008. Patterns of water, heat and solute flux through streambeds around small dams. Ground Water 46(5): 671-687.