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Agricultural Research Service

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Water Quality and Ecology Research
Locke, Martin
Location Coordinator
martin.locke@ars.usda.gov
(662)232-2908
WATER QUALITY AND ECOLOGY RESEARCH UNIT
598 MC ELROY DRIVE
OxfordMS38655

Mission:
Long-term viability of US agriculture depends upon implementation of management strategies that address goals of environmental sustainability and economic viability. Unit scientists are challenged to leverage project resources with a national network of scientists to provide local, regional, and national solutions for attaining both goals. To address issues of water quality and watershed ecosystem function, investigations will pursue complementary approaches that consider the entire landscape, from upland fields to receiving water bodies. First, farm and land management technologies that reduce erosion and nutrient losses, conserve soil, and protect ecological resources will be assessed. Second, studies will be conducted to improve understanding of structure, function, and key processes of aquatic systems, guiding better management of these systems and providing a scientific basis for regulatory agencies to establish water quality criteria. Third, investigations will develop and assess technology for improving water quality and ecosystem function in agriculturally impacted aquatic systems. Fourth, investigations will assemble and use long-term databases to develop and further enhance computer models for quantifying effects of conservation measures on agricultural watershed ecosystem services. Experiments will be conducted across a range of spatial scales in laboratories and facilities at the USDA-ARS, National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford, MS, on regional, state, and Federal experiment stations, and on private farms and watersheds. Results from this project will advance the state of the science of watershed ecosystems and help define environmental targets, such as reducing non-point pollution, so that more effective management strategies can be established to improve water quality and ecosystem integrity.

  Southeast Area
    Oxford, Mississippi
      National Sedimentation Laboratory
      Water Quality and Ecology Research
People:
Brooks, Lisa
(662) 232-2943

Biological Science Technician
Bryant, Charles
(662) 232-2923

Biologist
Fox, Kathy
(662) 232-2917

Program Support Assistant
Griffith, Mark
(662) 232-2948

Biologist
Hill, James
(662) 232-2949

Chemist
Jenkins, Michael
(662) 232-2976

Research Microbiologist
Lizotte, Richard
(662) 232-2956

RESEARCH ECOLOGIST
Massey, John
(662) 281-5717

Agricultural Science Research Technician
McChesney, Daniel Dan
(662) 281-5734

Soil Scientist
Moore, Matthew
(662) 232-2955

RESEARCH ECOLOGIST
Nifong, Rachel
(662) 232-2938

POST DOC
Russell, Renee
(662) 232-2946

Physical Science Technician
Steinriede, Robert Wade
(662) 232-2919

Biologist
Sullivan, Timothy Tim
(662) 232-2952

Physical Science Technician
Taylor, Jason
(662) 281-5715

Res Ecologist
Testa, Sam Sam
(662) 232-2933

Biologist
Vick, Calvin
(662) 232-2968

Agricultural Science Research Technician
Welch, Terry
(662) 232-2932

Biologist
Yasarer, Lindsey
(662) 232-2918

Research Hydrologist
Last Modified: 8/27/2016
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