Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology



The Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology is an interdisciplinary meeting held approximately every 3-5 years with the specific aim to further the scientific study of stream ecosystems in urban landscapes. The fourth symposium was held at Haw River State Park, Browns Summit, NC on May 31-June 3, 2017 and was a great success. Details on the meeting can be found on the SUSE4 page.

 The 5th Symposium is currently in the very beginning stages of planning. Look back here periodically for details or become a follower of the webpage. Please email Robert Smith ( if you’d like to be added to the SUSE email list.

Are you looking for opportunities to hear about urban stream ecology at the next Society for Freshwater Science annual meeting?

Mateo Scoggins, Jake Hosen, and their colleagues are inviting researchers studying urbanized headwater streams to submit an abstract to the session “Reframing the Science of Urbanized Headwater Streams” that will be held at the Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting (May 20-24; Detroit, MI). Urbanized streams are often approached as a single unit, ignoring the heterogeneity of these systems – from buried channels to streams rehabilitated with modern green infrastructure. Our session will emphasize research that tackles the diversity of urbanized streams by connecting disciplines including community ecology, biogeochemistry, policy, and social science. Abstracts are due January 26.


Submit an abstract:
Session info (S28):

S28: Reframing the Science of Urbanized Headwater Streams.

Headwaters comprise a majority of stream length in urbanized watersheds. Thus, due to sheer number, urbanized headwater streams hold significant ecological and social importance in human dominated landscapes. The expansive habitat of urban headwaters can, in some cases, has the potential to harbor diverse biotic communities. Further, as the boundary between urbanized watersheds and fluvial networks, urbanized headwaters mediate the transfer of nutrients and other materials from landscapes to waterways. Owing to their ubiquity across the landscape, many people interact with urbanized headwater streams as part of their daily lives. Yet, this close association between people and urbanized headwaters means that these waterways are also often the most impacted by management and development activity. How urbanized headwaters are managed has changed over time and differs between regions. The result of this mosaic of land use practices is that urbanized headwaters are often even more heterogeneous than their natural counterparts. This heterogeneity has challenged ecologists, but also presents opportunities to reframe understanding of urbanized headwaters to incorporate concepts important to scientists, managers, and stakeholders. We invite a broad spectrum of research on urbanized headwaters, including work emphasizing community ecology, management, biogeochemistry, restoration ecology, hydrology, public health, and environmental economics. Recognizing the important feedbacks between ecosystem processes and management activities in urbanized settings, the session will place a special emphasis on research that approaches urbanized headwaters from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Contact Jake Hosen ( with any questions.

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