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Dr. Stacey Sloan Blersch - Columbus State University

Columbus State University

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Stacey Sloan Blersch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Hydrology

Earth and Space Sciences, Department of

Education and Certifications

Ph.D. Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, SUNY at Buffalo, 2016M.S., Environmental Science and Policy, Johns Hopkins University, 1999B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1993


Dr. Stacey Sloan Blersch has over 20 years experience working in ecological restoration & watershed planning in private, government, and academic sectors. She joined Columbus State University in 2016, and serves as an associate professor of hydrology in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. She currently is coordinator for the MS Natural Science environmental science track, as well as a representative on the Georgia Climate Project's academic committee. She is engaged with research on measuring ecosystem restoration effectiveness in headwater streams (The Nature Conservancy of Georgia) and determining climate resiliency strategies for Fort Moore as part of UGA's Engineering with Nature Initiative.

Academic Areas

HydrologyEnvironmental ScienceSustainabilityWater resources managementAquatic ecosystem restorationEnvironmental Protection and ComplianceClimate Change Resiliency

Research Interests

• Predicting shifts in hydrologic cycle due to climate change and its effect on the structure and function of streams and rivers.• Developing climate resiliency strategies for mitigating impacts due to increased risks of flooding, droughts, and storm impacts.• Defining and measuring ecosystem services of freshwater aquatic ecosystems to inform watershed management policy decisions.• Design constraints and life cycle analysis of ecosystem restoration techniques (streams, wetlands, riparian zone).• Restoring natural infrastructure for stormwater and nutrient management in various landscapes (urban, suburban, rural) and at various scales (reach to watershed level).• Developing predictive tools and management techniques that link changes in abiotic conditions to ecosystem services of freshwater ecosystems.

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