Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2002

Associate Professor
Ecohydrology
; Hydrogeology; Wetland, river, and coastal ecosystem structure and function

mrains@usf.edu

Office: SCA 531
Lab: SCA 501

Phone (Office): (813) 974-3310
Phone (Lab): (813
) 974-7534
Fax: (813) 974-2654

Ecohydrology Research Group

I am an ecohydrologist with a B.A. and an M.S. in ecology and a Ph.D. in hydrogeology.  My 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, my 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.

I 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.

For more on my background and qualifications, please feel free peruse my website and/or download a copy of my curriculum vita.