I am an eco-geochemist: an aqueous geochemist by training with an interest in the interactions between ecology, geochemistry and hydrology in freshwater systems. As a research scientist, my goal is both to advance basic understanding and to provide tools and concepts to aid in the sustainable use, management and restoration of water resources & aquatic ecosystems.
I am currently a Senior Scientist and Leader of the Biogeochemistry Section at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University's Patrick Center for Environmental Research and an Assistant Research Professor in Drexel University's Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Prior to this I was a Staff Scientist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ where my research focused on the impact of the hyporheic zone on whole-stream solute & ecosystem dynamics. I completed my PhD in 2013 at the University of Florida, investigating the hydrologic & biogeochemical processes controlling solute sources and cycling in streams, and the reciprocal interactions between solute availability and the elemental requirements of aquatic vegetation. During my PhD I was a Fellow in the NSF IGERT 'Adaptive Management: Wise use of Water, Wetlands & Watersheds', which incorporated interdisciplinary coursework and research experiences to train scientists to address emerging issues in coupled human and natural systems and the interplay of policy and science required to manage them. I received my BS in Geology from The College of William & Mary.
Hydro-eco-geochemical controls on the sources and cycling of solutes in aquatic ecosystems; Reciprocal interactions between stream ecosystem structure & function and solute availability, transport & retention; Groundwater-surface water interactions; Linking catchment-scale patterns in solute & ecosystem dynamics to process understanding; Restoration & (adaptive) management of water resources & aquatic ecosystems.
Photo: Tracer test, Kalte Bode River, Germany (M.J. Kurz)
Dec 2017 AGU Fall Meeting; New Orleans, LA. Abstract: H13P-06; Chairing Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions I (H11N, 1 of 5!)
Aug 2017 NSF grant funded to study ecosystem respiration in urban, wastewater-impacted streams.
Folegot et al. 'Low flow controls on stream thermal dynamics' accepted in Limnologica.
June HydroEco conference, Birmingham, UK.
May Featured in the Academy's Frontiers Magazine.
March Baranov et al. 'Helophyte impacts on the response of hyporheic invertebrate communities to inundation events in intermittent streams' accepted in Ecohydrology.
Feb Kurz et al. 'Impacts of water level on metabolism and transient storage in vegetated lowland rivers: Insights from a mesocosm study' accepted in JGR-Biogeosciences.
Jan 2017 Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit, Cape May, NJ.
Dec 2016 AGU Fall Meeting; San Francisco, CA. 5(!) Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions sessions (H41H, H42C, H43D, H51L & H52D) + Abstract H31B-1355.
Nov Khadka et al. 'Synoptic estimates of diffuse groundwater seepage to a spring-fed karst river at high spatial resolution using an automated radon measurement technique' accepted in J. Hydrology.
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Dr. Marie J. Kurz
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel. +1 (215) 299-1018