Alba will be joining the University of Missouri in summer 2017


  • PhD, 2010, Fundamental and Applied Ecology, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.
  • MSci, 2002, Environmental Biology, Universitat de Girona, Spain.
  • BS, 1998, Biology, Universitat de Girona, Spain.

Areas of Interest:

  • Water quality
  • Effects of hydrology and morphology on stream function
  • Forest-stream interactions
  • Functional processes in stream ecosystems - nutrient cycling, respiration, and primary production
  • Ecology of the hyporheic zone

Graduate Students:

Currently working in the following projects:

SCALER: Scale, Consumers and Lotic Ecosystem Rates. National Science Foundation and Joint Venture Agreement between USDA Forest Service and Oregon State University. Participants: 6 sites in the US and 1 site in Australia. Lead investigator: Walter Dodds, Kansas State University. (2014-2017).

INTERFACES: Ecohydrological interfaces as critical hotspots for transformations of ecosystem exchange fluxes and biogeochemical cycling. Funded by the European Union Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN). Participants: 12 European partners + 9 associated partners from Europe and the US. Coordination: Stefan Krause and David Hannah, University of Birmingham. (2013-2017).

Natural Variability in Water Quality and Changes after Forest Harvest in the Trask Watershed. Funded by the Fish and Wildlife Habitat in Managed Forests Research Program. (2014-2016).

Effects of Contemporary Forest Harvest Practices on Aquatic Ecosystems: Trask River Watershed Study. Funded by the Watershed Research Cooperative. Leads: Sherri Johnshon (US Forest Service) and Robert Bilby (Weyerhaeuser Company). (2006-2016).

Selected Publications

A Argerich, R Haggerty, SL Johnson, SM Wondzell, N Dosch, ... 2016. Comprehensive multiyear carbon budget of a temperate headwater stream. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 121 (5), 1306-1315, doi: 10 ..PDF

Haggerty, R., M. Ribot, G. A. Singer, E. Martí, A. Argerich, G. Agell, and T. J. Battin. 2014. Ecosystem respiration increases with biofilm growth and bedforms: Flume measurements with resazurin, Journal of Geophysical Research- Biogeosciences, 119, 220-2230, doi: 10.1002/2013JG002498.

González-Pinzón, R., R. Haggerty, and A. Argerich. 2014. Quantifying spatial differences in metabolism in headwater streams. Freshwater Science 33(3): 798-811. doi:

Argerich, A., Johnson, S. L., Sebestyen, S. D., Rhoades, C. C., Greathouse, E. A., Knoepp, J., Adams, M. B., Likens, G. E., Campbell, J. L., McDowell, W. H., Scatena, F. N., and Ice, G. G. 2013. Trends in stream nitrogen concentrations for forested reference catchments across the USA. Environmental Research Letters 8(1): 014039 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/1/014039.

Izaguirre, O., Argerich, A., Martí, Eugènia, Elosegi, A. 2013. Nutrient uptake in a stream affected by hydropower plants: comparison between stream channels and diversion canals. Hydrobiologia. doi:10.1007/s10750-012-1354-z.

Argerich, A., R. Haggerty, E. Martí, F. Sabater, and J. Zarnetske, 2011, Quantification of metabolically active transient storage (MATS) in two reaches with contrasting transient storage and ecosystem respiration, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, G03034, doi:10.1029/2010JG001379.

Argerich, A., E. Martí, F. Sabater, and M. Ribot, 2011, Temporal variation on hyporheic chemistry and subsurface-surface water exchange in a small Mediterranean stream, Journal of the North American Benthological Society 30(3): 635-652, doi:10.1899/10-078.1.

Argerich, A., E. Martí, F. Sabater, R. Haggerty, and M. Ribot, 2011, Influence of water transient storage on stream nutrient uptake based on substrata manipulation, Aquatic Sciences, doi: 10.1007/s00027-011-0184-9.

Martí, E., D. von Schiller, A. Argerich, M. Ribot, F. Sabater, and J.L. Riera. 2011. El batec biogeoquímic de la Riera de Santa Fe del Montseny. Pages 287-298 in VII Monografies del Montseny. VII Trobada d'Estudiosos del Montseny Proceedings (November 20-21st, 2008, Granollers, Spain). J. Hernández, J. Grau, and J. Melero, editors. Col.lecció “Documents de Treball” de l’Àrea d’Espais Naturals de la Diputació de Barcelona, Barcelona (ISBN: 978-84-9803-409-7).

Haggerty, R., E. Martí, A. Argerich, D. von Schiller, and N. Grimm, 2009, Resazurin as a "smart" tracer for quantifying metabolically active transient storage in stream ecosystems, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 114, G03014, doi:10.1029/2008JG000942.

Martí, E., P. Fonollà, D. von Schiller, F. Sabater, A. Argerich, M. Ribot, and J. Riera, 2009, Variation in stream C, N and P uptake along an altitudinal gradient: a space for time analogue to assess potential impacts of climate change, Hydrology Research 40(2-3): 123-137, doi: 10.2166/nh.2009.090.

Haggerty, R., A. Argerich, and E. Martí, 2008, Development of a "smart" tracer for the assessment of microbiological activity and sediment-water interaction in natural waters: The resazurin-resorufin system, Water Resources Research 44, W00D01, doi:10.1029/2007WR006670.

Argerich, A., E. Martí, F. Sabater, M. Ribot, D. von Schiller, and J. Riera, 2008, Combined effects of leaf litter inputs and a flood on nutrient retention in a Mediterranean mountain stream during fall, Limnology and Oceanography 53: 631-641, doi: 10.4319/lo.2008.53.2.0631.

von Schiller, D., E. Martí, J. Riera, M. Ribot, A. Argerich, P. Fonollà, and F. Sabater, 2008, Inter-annual, annual and seasonal variation of P and N retention in a perennial and an intermittent stream, Ecosystems, 670-687, doi: 10.1007/s10021-008-9150-3.

Martí, E., F. Sabater, J.L. Riera, G.C. Merseburger, D. Von Schiller, A. Argerich, F. Caille, and P. Fonollà. 2006. Fluvial nutrient dynamics in a humanized landscape. Insights from a hierarchical perspective. Pages: 513-526 in The ecology of the Iberian inland waters: Homenage to Ramon Margalef, J. Armengol, R. Moreno-Amich and A. Palau, ed., Barcelona, Spain, ISBN-10: 84-921618-7-6.

Martinoy, M., D. Boix, J. Sala, S. Gascón, J. Gifre, A. Argerich, R. de la Barrera, S. Brucet, A. Badosa, R. López-Flores, M. Méndez, J. M. Utgé, and X. Quintana. 2006. Crustacean and aquatic insect assemblages in the Mediterranean coastal ecosystems of Empordà wetlands (NE Iberian Peninsula). Limnetica 25: 53-70.

Riera, J. L., F. Sabater, E. Martí, J. Comas, Ll. Godé, A. Argerich, M.A. Puig, G. Benito, and E. Llorens. 2006. STREAMES: un sistema de suport a la decisió ambiental per a la gestió fluvial. Pages: 309-320 in Ponències de les II Jornades Tècniques de Gestió d'Estacions Depuradores d'Aigües Residuals. A. Freixes i Perich, ed. Agència Catalana de l’Aigua, Publicacions de la Generalitat de Catalunya. (ISBN: 84-393-6628-0).

Argerich, A., M. A. Puig, and E. Pupilli. 2004. Effect of floods of different magnitude on the macroinvertebrate communities of Matarranya stream (Ebro river basin, NE Spain). Limnetica 23: 283-294. PDF