Floodplain Biocomplexity

Jack Stanford, Flathead Lake Biological Station, The University of Montana

This NSF-funded biocomplexity research project is founded on the principle that river flood plains are regional centers of ecological organization. Research is being conducted on the Nyack Flood Plain of the Flathead River, Montana, by faculty and students at the University of Montana's Flathead Lake Biological Station. The research addresses topics such as floodplain structure, groundwater and surface water flux, sediment and wood transport, nutrient flux, habitats and diversity. Important modifiers of this system include floods, drought, wildfire, human activities and invasions of nonnative species. The web site features a summary of the research project, illustrations of the principles involved, a bibliography, and contact information. Links to other Flathead Lake Biological Station research projects are also available. This resource is part of the Biocomplexity collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/biocomplexity/

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Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water, Biology, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry, Geoscience:Hydrology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Hydrology/Hydrogeology, Geochemistry, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water