ALBA ARGERICH, PH.D.

I'm an aquatic ecologist interested in the influence of human activities on water quality and stream functional processes- including nutrient cycling and aquatic primary production and respiration.

Education:

  • 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:

Spatial scales, aquatic consumers, and metabolic rates

Can we use small scale experiments to explain structure and function of regional ecological systems? Does the presence of fish and amphibians modify stream respiration and primary production rates? or nutrient uptake?





The electroshocking team at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. By Lina DiGregorio.

   

Use of bioengineering techniques to improve water quality - INTERFACES

Interfaces is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, funded by the European Union, with the objective to train a new generation of transdisciplinary aquatic scientists. Its research focuses on ecohydrological interfaces as critical hotspots for transformations of ecosystem exchange fluxes.



Experimental channels at the Urban River Lab.

   

Effects of forest harvest on stream water quality and function

How does forest harvesting affect stream nutrient concentrations? And aquatic primary production? Do we see a change in the aquatic food web? Does the presence of buffers make a difference?
In this multiagency, multiyear project we study the effects of contemporary forest practices on aquatic ecosystems.






Vegetation recovery of one of the Trask subwatersheds two-years after harvesting.

Publications

Arismendi, I., J. D. Groom, M. Reiter, S. L. Johnson, L. Dent, M. Meleason, A. Argerich, and A. E. Skaugset. 2017. Suspended sediment and turbidity after road construction/improvement and forest harvest in streams of the Trask Watershed Study, Oregon. Water Resources Research. doi:10.1002/2016WR020198.

Ribot, M., S. Bernal, M. Nikolakopoulou, T. N. Vaessen, J. Cochero, E. Gacia, A. Sorolla, A. Argerich, F. Sabater, M. Isnard, and E. Martí. 2017. Enhancement of carbon and nitrogen removal by helophytes along subsurface water flowpaths receiving treated wastewater. Science of Total Environment, 599-600, 1667-1676, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.05.114.

Krause, S., J. Lewandowski, N. Grimm, D. Hannah, G. Pinay, K. McDonald, E. Martí, A. Argerich, L. Pfister, J. Klaus, T. Battin, S. Larned, J. Schelker, J.H. Fleckenstein, C. Schmidt, M. Rivett, G. Watts, F. Sabater, A. Sorolla, and V. Turk. 2017. Ecohydrological Interfaces as hotspots for ecosystem functioning. Water Resources. doi:10.1002/2016WR019516.

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/677555.

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