Freshwater Ecology and Conservation Lab

Our vision is a world where people understand, value, and conserve freshwater biodiversity.


We conduct use-inspired research to better inform the management and conservation of freshwater ecosystems.


We communicate our science to engage the public in conversations about environmental sustainability.


We actively partner with the public and private sector to ensure science always has a role in decision-making.

Science on Tap

Burning our bridges? Network analysis reveals trends in freshwater expertise

As scientists, when we think about conservation problems, it’s often in terms of missing information – “knowledge gaps”, anyone? But the role of expertise – implying not only growth but also continuity in development and application of knowledge – is invariably less...

Brazil is facing an aging dam crisis

Brazil is facing heightened international scrutiny in response to continued expansion of mining and increasing numbers of mining dam disasters, including the one in late January 2019. New evidence suggests that the number of aging and potentially unsafe dams is...

A survey of class-based efforts to collect ecological data

The Olden Research Lab is spearheading a research survey to evaluate existing and future potential for ecological data collection as part of class-based activities at institutions of higher education. We are seeking information from instructors - meaning teachers,...

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