Dale A. Bruns
College of Science and Engineering
Ph. D. 1981 Idaho State University
My research interests are focused on river ecology, ecosystem monitoring, and watershed
management. Research hypotheses encompass environmental gradients within watersheds
from headwater mountain streams to large rivers and address patterns of macroinvertebrate
species diversity, habitat conditions, and water quality. Geospatial tools of geographic
information systems, the global positioning system, and satellite imagery provide
data at spatial scales within and across watersheds and landscapes. Study sites have
included biosphere reserves in China (Cloud forest watershed) and Chile (Patagonian
montane-river habitat), and the Upper Susquehanna-Lackawanna American Heritage River
Biosphere reserves have provided a context for developing a multi-media and geospatial
ecosystem approach to monitoring of baseline environmental conditions relative to
global change. The US-L AHR is impacted by suburban sprawl (mountain tributary watersheds),
combined sewer overflows, abandoned mining lands, and acid mine drainage – all of
which are being evaluated with GIS watershed assessment indicators and modeling tools.
Future studies may expand to include upper and lower US-L basin sites as affected
by climate change as well as hydrologic factors that modify ecological functioning
and biodiversity. Riverscape analyses along riparian zones and real-time monitoring
of river water quality conditions through a longitudinal transect are two other emerging
areas of research potential in the AHR and upstream rural river segments.
Honors and awards:
Recipient of five EG&G Idaho, Inc. Productivity Awards.1990.
Recipient of Outstanding Performance Award for 1989, Science and Technology Department,
EG&G Idaho, Inc.
1993. Recipient of Outstanding Performance Award for 1992, Wilkes University.
2000 VP Gore’s Re-Inventing Government “Hammer Award.”