Argerich, Alba

Assistant Professor - Senior Research

Office Location: 
Forestry Sciences Laboratory (FSL) 363
FAX: 541-737-1393
Email Address: 
Curriculum Vitae: 

PhD, 2010, Fundamental and Applied Ecology, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.

MSci, 2002, Environmental Biology, Universitat de Girona, Spain.

BS, 1998, Biology, Universitat de Girona, Spain.

Areas of Interest: 
  • Water quality
  • Effects of hydrology and morphology on stream function
  • Forest-stream interactions
  • Functional processes in stream ecosystems - nutrient cycling, respiration, and primary production
  • Ecology of the hyporheic zone

Graduate Students: 
Casey Steadman (PhD), co-advisor
Myrto Nikolakopoulou (PhD), University of Barcelona (Spain), co-advisor

Currently working in the following projects:
SCALER: Scale, Consumers and Lotic Ecosystem Rates. National Science Foundation and Joint Venture Agreement between USDA Forest Service and Oregon State University. Participants: 6 sites in the US and 1 site in Australia. Lead investigator: Walter Dodds, Kansas State University. (2014-2017).

INTERFACES: Ecohydrological interfaces as critical hotspots for transformations of ecosystem exchange fluxes and biogeochemical cycling. Funded by the European Union Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN). Participants: 12 European partners + 9 associated partners from Europe and the US. Coordination: Stefan Krause and David Hannah, University of Birmingham. (2013-2017).

Natural Variability in Water Quality and Changes after Forest Harvest in the Trask Watershed. Funded by the Fish and Wildlife Habitat in Managed Forests Research Program. (2014-2016).

Effects of Contemporary Forest Harvest Practices on Aquatic Ecosystems: Trask River Watershed Study. Funded by the Watershed Research Cooperative. Leads: Sherri Johnshon (US Forest Service) and Robert Bilby (Weyerhaeuser Company). (2006-2016)

Trends in stream nitrogen concentrations (video)

SCALER: scale, fish, amphibians, and stream functional processes (Video by Julia Hoffman, undergraduate with the OSU PROMISE program)

Selected Publications: 
  • Haggerty, R., M. Ribot, G. A. Singer, E. Martí, A. Argerich, G. Agell, and T. J. Battin. 2014. Ecosystem respiration increases with biofilm growth and bedforms: Flume measurements with resazurin, Journal of Geophysical Research- Biogeosciences, 119, 220-2230, doi: 10.1002/2013JG002498.