Welcome to the Pringle Lab

We are fascinated by the flowing waters that drain the Earth’s surface and by the aquatic organisms adapted to these dynamic environments.

A key ecological challenge is to understand  ecosystem-level consequences of declines in the abundance and biodiversity of aquatic organisms, given the alarming rate of river deterioration throughout the world. A major research theme of our lab is how stream ecosystems are altered by different types of disturbance, ranging from dams to disease to changes in land-use and climate. Understanding the complexities of species-community-ecosystem linkages and how they are modified by disturbance requires a fundamental understanding of biogeochemical interactions and involves the integration of two major sub-disciplines of ecology: community ecology and ecosystem ecology.

Our research is characterized by long-term collaborative projects that are site-based in both temperate and tropical ecosystems. An over-arching objective is to link research activities with conservation through resource management applications, synthesis, and environmental outreach.  Research areas include: hydrologic connectivity; conservation ecology; landscape ecology; climate change; ecology-evolutionary (eco-evo) dynamics; restoration; community ecology; and ecosystem ecology.