Payn, Robert

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
Montana State University - Bozeman
Professional Summary: 

My research focus is hydroecology, which is the study of the interaction of life with water in its environment. More specifically, I study the interactions of hydrological, chemical, and biological processes that determine the biogeochemical patterns observed in streams, rivers, and wetlands. Currently, my preferred approach is to use mechanistic simulation models to explore hypotheses, and then compare simulation results with field data to test and refine the hypotheses inherent in the model. I am also interested in the use of simulation models to suggest field sampling schemes that will most efficiently provide the data necessary to test those hypotheses. I am currently a full time researcher in the Fluvial Landscape Lab headed by Geoff Poole. I am funded by a project that is assessing the changes in biogeochemical processes that are expected to occur after a recent restoration of a coastal wetland. I am also funded by a project that is assessing a long-term record of whole-river ecosystem metabolism downstream of a hydroelectric dam, where stakeholders are interested in how the dam release schedule influences the food base for endangered and sport fish.

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