WPES members are involved in collaborative research projects and natural resource management activities inspired by demands for science-based, stakeholder-guided solutions to modern watershed, lake, river, stream, and coastal estuary problems. Our research typically focuses on the identification and quantification of watershed and estuary characteristics and the processes affecting their dynamics. The end goal is often framed around the development of new types of information and management decision tools that natural resource managers, engineers, public safety and health professionals, and communities can use. WPES projects therefore include the influence of multiple disciplines such as geomorphology, hydrology, biology, sociology, and civil engineering. Given the stakeholder motivations for most of our projects, we put substantial effort into science communication.

Collaborating faculty in WPES have participated in projects in many locations in the country and around the world. Use the links below to learn more about the topics projects we have been working on closer to home in Maine.