Ecohydrology Research Group

The Ecohydrology Research Group was formed in Fall 2003. Our research is focused on the nexus of three concepts: hydrological connectivity, geological controls on physical and chemical hydrology, and hydrological controls on ecosystem structure and function.  Specifically, our research is focused on:

  • local- and landscape-scale hydrological connectivity,
  • the roles that hydrological processes play in governing ecosystem structure and function, and
  • the roles that science plays in informing law and policy.

We pursue these efforts in a variety of surface-water and shallow-groundwater environments, including depressional wetlands, headwater streams and mainstem rivers, and mangroves and lagoons.  Our research is focused within the hydrological sciences, but often extends into the ecological sciences and occasionally has sociopolitical implications. Therefore, collaboration is essential to our success.

Faculty & Postdoctorals
Mark Cable Rains
ecohydrology, hydrogeology, wetland, river, and near-shore systems
Professor & Director
Kai Coshow Rains
botany, soils, wetland ecology, geospatial analysis
Research Associate Professor
Hilary Flower
phosphorus dynamics in coastal wetlands; landscape modeling of coastal wetlands
Current Students & Postdoctorals
Hunter Clasen
flow and transport in low-gradient, coastal rivers
Ph.D. Candidate
Claire Flannagan
changes in the network structure of wetlands and waterbodies
M.S. Student
Laura Lotero
role of headwater wetlands in streamflow generation
M.S. Student
ReNae Nowicki
ecohydrology of sandhill wetlands
Ph.D. Candidate
Kurt Schmidt
changes in the network structure of wetlands and waterbodies
M.S. Student