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  • Rob Brooks--2013 National Wetlands Award Recipient
    Dr. Brooks, Professor of Geography and Ecology, and Founder and Director of Riparia at the Pennsylvania State University is the recipient of the 2013 National Wetlands Award in Science Research by the Environmental Law Institute. He is a practicing wetland scientist and wildlife biologist certified by the Society of Wetland Scientists and The Wildlife Society, respectively. For over 30 years, Dr. Brooks has built a research program in wetlands science and wildlife ecology that spans the full realm of topics relating to the ecology, management, policy, and conservation of wetlands, streams, and riparian areas, and their associated biota. In 1993, Dr. Brooks founded Riparia, a center focused on advancing wetlands and aquatic ecosystems science. Under his direction, Riparia has led or participated in some of the most significant research on wetlands and wetlands assessment techniques in the United States. He has published over 100 scientific articles and mentored 42 graduate students to completion of their degrees, furthering his contributions to wetland science and conservation.
  • Riparia's New Book!
    Mid-Atlantic Freshwater Wetlands: Advances in Wetlands Science, Management, Policy, and Practice summarizes research conducted by this Center at Penn State during the past 20 years and relates it to our current understanding of wetlands as valued ecosystems. This new volume published by Springer in early 2013 contains 14 chapters collaboratively written by 28 co-authors, and is edited by Robert P. Brooks, Riparia's Founder and Director, and Denice Heller Wardrop, Associate Director. View the book.
  • Digital Connections to Riparia's New Book, Mid-Atlantic Freshwater Wetlands: Advances in Wetlands Science, Management, Policy, and Practice. Publishing is moving beyond the printed word to embrace digital media, and we are too! Through this link, we will be providing supplemental material to the book, including additional color photographs and maps, datasets, and tools that can assist you in learning about and investigating wetlands throughout the MAR region, and beyond. By visiting occasionally, you can explore any interesting and useful information we have added to the site.


  • Denice Heller Wardrop assumes a new position as Interim Director of the Penn State's Sustainability Institute. Dr. Wardrop, continuing as Riparia's Associate Director, will lead this new initiative aimed at integrating sustainability into all functions of the University, facilitating the establishment of institutional goals that embody our commitment to the preparation of tomorrow's sustainability leaders, networking with internal and external resources, and evaluating the needs of the University community in implementing and updating the Penn State Sustainability Strategic Plan.