Albert RuhiAssistant Professor
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I am a freshwater ecologist motivated by research questions revolving around the ecology, biodiversity, and conservation of streams and wetlands. I am particularly interested in how the higher levels of biological organization (communities, metacommunities, and food webs) respond to global change stressors—focusing on the effects of hydrologic variability and drought.
I have conducted most of my research in water-scarce regions of the world, namely the Mediterranean basin and the American Southwest. I am fascinated by the highly‑dynamic nature of freshwater ecosystems in these regions and by their adapted biotas, which respond to drought via resilience and resistance mechanisms. As a recent Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), I studied the effects of flow regime alteration on freshwater biodiversity in the U.S., via large data sets and combinations of time-series methods in the frequency and time domains. Collectively, my research aims to address some of the world’s most pressing conservation problems in fresh waters in the context of global change.