About The Author

Brita Voss is a Inter-disciplinary Earth scientist and communicator, committed to just, evidence-based environmental solutions. Voss is an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

 

A River’s Chemical Fingerprints Of Land Use And Ecology

Rivers carry a cocktail of substances, mostly invisible to the naked eye, that tells a story about its history and the land that it flows through. By analyzing the subtle differences in these substances across a watershed, aquatic scientists can decipher clues about the biological processes taking place on land and in the water itself.