I am an interdisciplinary freshwater scientist interested in the coupled interactions between geochemistry, hydrology and ecology in stream and groundwater systems. My goal is to both advance basic scientific understanding and provide tools and concepts to aid in the sustainable use, management and restoration of water resources & aquatic ecosystems.
I am a Senior Scientist and Head of the Biogeochemistry Section at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and an Assistant Research Professor in Drexel's Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Previously, 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 earned my PhD at the University of Florida investigating the varied controls on 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 trained scientists to address emerging issues in coupled human and natural systems and the interplay of policy and science required to manage them.
Solute transport & (bio)transformation; Coupled dynamics of ecology and geochemistry in freshwater systems; Whole-stream ecosystem function; Groundwater-surface water interactions; Catchment-scale solute & ecosystem dynamics; Restoration & (adaptive) management of water resources & aquatic ecosystems.
Photo: Tracer test, Kalte Bode River, Germany (M.J. Kurz)
April Invited presenter for the SERDP and ESTCP Webinar Series: Advances in Understanding PFAS Ecological Risks.
December 2020 Weitere et al. 'Disentangling multiple chemical and non-chemical stressors in a lotic ecosystem using a longitudinal approach' accepted in Sci of the Total Env.
October Ledford, Kurz & Toran 'Contrasting Raz-Rru stream metabolism and nutrient uptake downstream of urban wastewater effluent sites' accepted in Freshwater Science.
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September Featured in the newest Academy Unscripted, a series featuring one-on-one conversations with ANS scientists.
May Panelist for the Academy Conversation "What are we learning about our relationship with Earth during COVID-19?"
April Highlighted in the Academy blog "Science Never Stops"
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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