Benjamin Koch

Benjamin  Koch
Northern Arizona University


B.A. in Biology from the University of Virginia (1998)

M.S. in Zoology & Physiology from the University of Wyoming (2005)

Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Wyoming (2011)

Research Focus

My research explores how interactions among organisms regulate and are regulated by the cycling of energy and materials in ecosystems.  I study primarily the ecology of streams and rivers.  I use detailed natural history observations, field experiments, and quantitative modeling to reveal how ecosystems work, with the aim of improving ecosystem stewardship. 

Personal Note

When not working, I enjoy ruthlessly pulling the plug on my computer and finding the perfect spot to build a campfire.

Selected Publications

Koch, B.J., C.M. Febria, M. Gevrey, L.A. Wainger, and M.A. Palmer. Accepted. Nitrogen removal by stormwater management structures: a data synthesis. Journal of the American Water Resources Association.

Pokallus, J.W., G.M. Campbell, B.J. Koch, and J.N. Pauli. 2011. The landscape of ecology. Ecosphere 2:22, doi:10.1890/ES10-00173.1

Hall, R.O., M.A. Baker, C.D. Arp, and B.J. Koch. 2009. Hydrologic control of nitrogen removal, storage, and export in a mountain stream. Limnology and Oceanography 54:2128-2142.

Hall, R.O., B.J. Koch, M.C. Marshall, B.W. Taylor, and L.M. Tronstad. 2007. How body size mediates the role of animals in nutrient cycling in aquatic ecosystems. Pages 286-305 In: Hildrew, A.G., D.G. Raffaelli, and R. Edmonds-Brown (eds.) Body size: The structure and function of aquatic ecosystems. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Current Projects

Ecology and epidemiology of foodborne bacterial pathogens and antimicrobial resistance

Estimating nitrogen retention by urban stormwater control structures

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