Catherine Pringle

Distinguished Research Professor
Graduate Program Faculty

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Ph.D. – University of Michigan

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Dr. Pringle served as chair of the Conservation Ecology program from 1993-2019.

Research Interests

Research Interests

  • Aquatic ecology
  • Hydrologic connectivity (ecological-hydrological interactions)
  • Conservation biology
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Algae-invertebrate-fish interactions
  • Tropical ecology
  • Aquatic habitat restoration
  • Effects of environmental problems on the ecology of aquatic ecosystems

Research Projects

My Ph.D. students have worked on stream community ecology in both the tropics (Costa Rica, Panama, Puerto Rico, Belize, Madagascar, and Micronesia) and in the southeastern U.S.A. (Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee). Masters students in the Conservation Program have been involved in projects that range from using algae and fish as biological indicators of pollution in the metropolitan Atlanta area to environmental outreach activities on water quality, such as the implementation of an “Adopt a Stream” program in lowland Costa Rica.

Selected Publications

Pringle, C.M. 2003. What is hydrologic connectivity and why is it ecologically important? Hydrologic Processes 17: 2685-2689.

Pringle, C. M. 2001. Hydrologic connectivity: A call for greater emphasis in wilderness management. International Journal of Wilderness 7(3):21-26.

Clark, J. S., and 16 other co-authors including Pringle. 2001. Ecological Forecasts: An emerging imperative. Science 293: 657-660.

Pringle, C. M. 2001. Hydrologic connectivity and the management of biological reserves: A global perspective. Ecological Applications 11: 981-998.

Pringle, C. M. 2000. Threats to U.S. public lands from cumulative hydrologic alterations outside of their boundaries. Ecological Applications 10: 971-989.

Pringle, C. M., M. Freeman, and B. Freeman. 2000. Regional effects of hydrologic alterations on riverine macrobiota in the New World: Tropical-temperate comparisons. BioScience 50: 807-823.

Pringle, C. M., N. H. Hemphill, W. McDowell, A. Bednarek, and J. March. 1999. Linking species and ecosystems: Different biotic assemblages cause interstream differences in organic matter. Ecology 80: 1860-1872.

Pringle, C. M., and T. Hamazaki. 1998. The role of omnivory in structuring a neotropical stream: Separating diurnal versus nocturnal effects. Ecology 79: 269-280.

Pringle, C. M. 1997. Exploring how disturbance is transmitted upstream: going against the flow. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 16: 425-438.

Pringle, C. M., and T. Hamazaki. 1997. Effects of fishes on algal response to storms in a tropical stream. Ecology 78: 2432-2442.