Date of Award

Winter 2010

Project Type


Program or Major

Natural Resources: Water Resources

Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

William H McDowell


Higher non-point source nutrient inputs are one of many impacts associated with the "urban stream syndrome". Research on how non-point source pollution affects the stoichiometry of urban stream food webs has received little attention, however. This study quantified food web stoichiometry in nine headwater, detritus-based streams draining forested or suburban watersheds in northeastern, coastal Massachusetts.

While this study suggests that suburbanization can affect in-stream nutrient recycling by consumers, research that quantifies changes to biomass of different in-stream compartments is needed to calculate the extent of such impacts on suburban stream ecosystems.