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Fanelli, R., K. Prestegaard, and M. Palmer. 2017. Evaluation of infiltration-based stormwater management to restore hydrological processes in urban headwater streams. Hydrological Processes. (in press) doi: 10.1002/hyp.11266

Hosen, J.D., C.M. Febria, B.C. Crump, and M.A. Palmer. 2017. Watershed Urbanization Linked to Differences in Stream Bacterial Community Composition. Frontiers in Microbiology. 8:1452.

M.A. Palmer, J.G. Kramer, J. Boyd, and D. Hawthorne. 2016. Practices for facilitating interdisciplinary synthetic research: the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 19:111-122.

Hart, D.D., J.L. Buizer, J.A. Foley, L.E. Gilbert, L.J. Graumlich, J.G. Kramer, M.A. Palmer, D.R. Peart, and L. Silka. 2016. Mobilizing the power of higher education to tackle the grand challenge of sustainability: Lessons from novel initiatives. Elementa 4:000090

Palmer, M.A. and J.B. Ruhl. 2015. Aligning restoration science and the law to sustain ecological infrastructure for the future. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 13:512-519.

Poff, N.L., C.M. Brown, T.E. Grantham, J.H. Matthews, M.A. Palmer, C.M. Spence, R.L. Wilby, M. Haasnoot, G.F. Mendoza, K.C. Dominique, and A. Baeza. Sustainable water management under future uncertainty with eco-engineering decision scaling. Nature Climate Change (in press).

Palmer, M.A., J. Liu, J.H. Matthews, M. Mumba, and P.D'Odorico. Manage water in a green way. Science 349:584-585.

Koch, B.J., C.M. Febria, R.M. Cooke, J.D. Hosen, M.E. Baker, A.R. Colson, S. Filoso, K. Hayhoe, J.V. Loperfido, A.M.K. Stoner, and M.A. Palmer. Suburban watershed nitrogen retention: estimating the effectiveness of stormwater management structures. Elementa 3:000063.

Filoso, S., S.M.C. Smith, M.R. Williams, and M.A. Palmer. 2015. The efficacy of constructed stream-wetland copmlexes at reducing the flux of suspended solids to Chesapeake Bay. Environmental Science and Technology (in press)

Suding, K., E. Higgs, M.A. Palmer, J.B. Callicot, C.B. Anderson, M. Baker, J.J. Gutrich, K.L. Hondula, M.C. LaFevor, B.M.H. Larson, A. Randall, J.B. Ruhl, K.Z.S. Schwartz. 2015. Commiting to ecological restoration. Science 348:638-640. [HTML][PDF]

Febria, C.M., J.D. Hosen, B.C. Crump, M.A. Palmer, and D.D. Williams. 2015. Microbial responses to changes in flow status in temporary streams: a cross-system comparison. Frontiers in Microbiology. 6:522.

Palmer, M.A., K.L. Hondula, and B.J. Koch. 2014. Ecological restoration of streams and rivers: Shifting strategies and shifting goals. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics. 45:247-69.

McDonough, O.T., M.W. Lang, J.D. Hosen, and M.A. Palmer. 2014. Surface hydrologic connectivity between Delmarva Bay wetlands and nearby streams along a gradient of agricultural alteration. Wetlands. 35: 41-53.

Moglen, G.E. and M. A. Palmer. 2014. Physics attributed to curve number model illustrate need for caution, and ecological responses often lag restoration efforts. Proc.Natl. Acad. Sci. 111(23): E2356.

Koch, B.J., C.M. Febria, M. Gevrey, L.A. Wainger, and M.A. Palmer. 2014. Nitrogen removal by stormwater management structures: A data synthesis. J American Water Resources Association. 50: 1594-1607

Palmer, M.A. and K.L. Hondula. 2014. Restoration as mitigation: Analaysis of stream mitigation for coal mining impacts in Southern Appalachia. Environmental Science & Technology.48: 10552-10560

Hosen, J.D., O.T. McDonough, C.M. Febria, and M.A. Palmer. 2014. Dissolved organic matter quality and bioavailability changes across an urbanization gradient in headwater streams. Environmental Science & Technology. 48: 7817-7824.

Acuña, V., T. Datry, J. Marshall, D. Barceló, C.N. Dahm, A. Ginebreda, G. McGregor, S. Sabater, K. Tockner, M.A. Palmer. 2014. Why Should We Care about Temporary Waterways. Science. 343:1080-1081.

Palmer, M.A., S. Filoso, R.M. Fanelli. 2014.From ecosystems to ecosystem services: Stream restoration as ecological engineering. Ecological Engineering 65:62-70.

Pahl-Wost, C., A. Arthington, J. Bogardi, S.E. Bunn, H. Hoff, L. Lebel, E. Nikitina, M. Palmer, L.N. Poff, K. Richards, M. Schluter, R. Schulze, A. St-Hilaire, R. Tharme, K. Tockner, and D. Tsegai. 2013. Environmental flows and water governance: managing sustainable water uses. Current Opinions in Environmental Sustainability 5:341-351.

Palmer, M.A., and C.M. Febria. 2012. The Heartbeat of Ecosystems. Science 365:1393.

Laub, B.G., D.W. Baker, B.P. Bledsoe, and M.A. Palmer. 2012. Range of variability of channel complexity in urban, restored and forested reference streams. Freshwater Biology 57:1076-1095.

Palmer, M.A. 2012. Socioenvironmental sustainability and actionable science. Bioscience 62:5-6.

Bernhardt, E.S. and M.A. Palmer. 2011. River restoration: the fuzzy logic of repairing reaches to reverse catchment scale degradation. Ecological Applications 21:1926-1931.

Filosos, S., and M.A. Palmer. 2011. Assessing stream restoration effectiveness at reducing nitrogen export to downstream waters. Ecological Aplications 21:1989-2006.

McDonough, O.T., J.D. Hosen, and M.A. Palmer. 2011. Temporary streams: the hydrology, geography, and ecology of non-perennially flowing waters. In: River Ecosystems: Dynamics, Management and Conservation (H.S. Elliot and L.E. Martin, eds). Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, NY.

Bernhardt, E.S., and M.A. Palmer. 2011. The environmental costs of mountaintop mining valley fill operations for aquatic ecosystems of the Central Appalachians. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1223:39-57.

Palmer, M.A., L. Wainger, L. Craig, C. Febria, J. Hosen, K. Politano. 2011. Promoting Successful Restoration through Effective Monitoring in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Non-Tidal Wetlands. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Washington, D.C. (appendix).

Palmer, M.A., L. Wainger, L. Craig, C. Febria, J. Hosen, K. Politano. 2011. Promoting Successful Restoration through Effective Monitoring in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Streams. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Palmer, M.A. 2010. Water Resources: Beyond Infrastructure. Nature 467:534-535.

Mace, G.M., W. Cramer, S. Diaz, D.P. Faith, A. Lariguaderie, P. Le Prestre, M. A. Palmer, C. Perrings, R.J. Scholes, M. Walpole, B. Walther, J.M.E. Watson, and H. A. Mooney. 2010. Biodiversity targets after 2010. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 2:1-6.

M.A. Palmer, E.S. Bernhardt, W.H. Schlesinger, K.N. Eshleman, E. Foufoula-Georgiou, M.S. Hendryx, A.D. Lemly, G.E. Likens, O.L. Loucks, M.E. Power, P.S. White, P.R. Wilcock. 2010. Mountaintop Mining Consequences. Science 327(5962):148-149.

Mooney, H., A. Lariguaderie, E. Elmquist, O. Hoegh-Guldberg, S. Lavorel, G.M. Mace, M. A. Palmer, R. Scholes, T. Yahara. 2009. Biodiversity, climate change, and ecosystem services. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 1:46-54.

M.A. Palmer, H Menninger, E.S. Benhardt. 2009. River Restoration, Habitat Heterogeneity, and Biodiversity: A Failure of Theory or Practice? Freshwater Biology 55(Suppl. 1):205-222. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2427.2009.02372.x.

M.A. Palmer & S. Filoso. 2009. Restoration of Ecosystems Services for Environmental Markets. Science 325(5940):575-576.

M.A. Palmer. 2009. Reforming Watershed Restoration: Science in Need of Application and Applications in Need of Science. Estuaries and Coasts 32(1):1559-2723.

K.C. Nelson, M.A. Palmer, J.E. Pizzuto, G.E. Moglen, P.L. Angermeier, R.H. Hilderbrand, M. Dettinger, K. Hayhoe. 2008. Forecasting the combined effects of urbanization and climate change on stream ecosystems: from impacts to management options. Journal of Applied Ecology 46(1):154-163.

C.E. Williamson, W. Dodds, T.K. Kratz, and M.A. Palmer. 2008. Lakes and streams as sentinals of environmental change in terrestrial and atmospheric processes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6(5):247-254.

L.S. Craig, M.A. Palmer, D.C. Richardson, S. Filoso, E.S. Bernhardt, B.P. Bledsoe, M.W. Doyle, P.M. Groffman, B.A. Hassett, S.S. Kaushal, P.M. Mayer, S.M. Smith, and P.R. Wilcock. Stream restoration strategies for reducing river nitrogen loads. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6:529-538 (2008).

Palmer, M.A., C. Reidy, C. Nilsson, M. Florke, J. Alcamo, P.S. Lake, and N. Bond. 2007. Climate change and the world's river basins: anticipating response options. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6:doi:10.1890/060148.

Menninger, H. and M. A. Palmer. 2007. The role of herbaceous plants and grasses as a basal resource in open-canopy headwater streams. Freshwater Biology 52:1689-1699.

Pizzuto, J., G. Moglen, M.A. Palmer, and K. Nelson. 2007. Two model scenarios illustrating the effects of land use and climate change on gravel riverbeds of suburban Maryland, U.S.A. in Gravel Bed Rivers Chapter 6 - From Process Understanding to River Restoration. Edit by M. Rinaldi, P. Ergenzinger, H. Habersack, T. Hoey, and H. Piegay. Elsevier.

Nelson, K. and M.A. Palmer. 2007. Predicting stream temperature under urbanization and climate change: implications for stream biota. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 43: 440 - 452.

Bernhardt, E.S. and M.A. Palmer. 2007. Restoring streams in an urban context. Freshwater Biology doi:10.1111/j.1365-2427.2006.01718.x.

Swan, C.M. and M.A. Palmer. 2006. Preferential feeding by an aquatic consumer mediates non-additive decomposition of speciose leaf litter. Oecologia 149(1).

Palmer, M.A. and J.D. Allan. 2006. River restoration: as the need for river restoration grows, supporting federal policies should follow. Issues in Science and Technology 22:40-48.

Palmer, M.A. and E.S. Bernhardt. 2006. Hydroecology and river restoration: ripe for research and synthesis. Water Resources Research 42(3):W03S07; 10.1029/2005WR004354.

Hassett, B., M.A. Palmer, E.S. Bernhardt, S. Smith, J. Carr, D.D. Hart. 2005. Restoring watersheds project by project: trends in Chesapeake Bay tributary restoration. Frontiers in Ecology & the Environment 3(5):259-267.

Moore, A.A., M.A. Palmer. 2005. Invertebrate biodiversity in agricultural and urban headwater streams: implications for convservation and management. Ecological Applications 15(4):1169-1177.

Bernhardt, E.S., M. A. Palmer, J. D. Allan, .G. Alexander, S. Brooks, J. Carr, C. Dahm, et al. 2005. Synthesizing U.S. River Restoration. Science 308:636-637.

Palmer, M.A., E.S. Bernhardt, J.D. Allen, P.S. Lake, G. Alexander, S. Brooks, J. Carr, S. Clayton, C.N. Dahm, J. Follstad Shah, D.L. Galat, S. Gloss, P. Goodwin, D.D. Hart, B. Hassett, R. Jenkinson, K.M. Kondolf, R. Lave, J.L. Meyer, T.K. O'Donnell, L. Pagano, E. Sudduth. 2005. Standards for ecologically successfull river restoration. Journal Of Applied Ecology 42:208-217.

Moglen, G.E. K.C. Nelson, M.A. Palmer, J.E. Pizzuto, C.E. Rodgers, M.I. Hejazi. Hydro-Ecological responses to land use in small urbanizing watershed in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. American Geophysical Union.

Palmer, M.A., E. Bernhardt, E. Chornesky, S. Collins, A. Dobson, C. Duke, B. Gold, R. Jacobson, S. Kingsland, R. Kranz, M. Mappin, M.L. Martinez, F. Micheli, J. Morse, M. Pace, M. Pascual, S. Palumbi, O.J. Reichman, A. Simons, A. Townsend, M. Turner. 2004. Ecology for a Crowded Planet. Science 304: 1251-1252.

Hastings, A. and M. A. Palmer. 2003. A bright future for biologists and mathematicians? Science 299: 2003-2004.

Palmer, M.A., D.D. Hart, J.D. Allan, E. Bernhardt, and the National Riverine Restoration Science Synthesis Working Group. 2003. Bridging engineering, ecological and geomorphic science to enhance riverine restoration: local and national efforts. Proceedings of A National Symposium on Urban and Rural Stream Protection and Restoration, EWRI World Water and Environmental Congress, Philadelphia, Pa, June 2003, published by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston Va.

Benda, L.E., N. L. Poff, C. Tague, M.A. Palmer, J. Pizzuto, N. Bockstael, S. Cooper, E. Stanley, and G. Moglen. 2002. Avoiding train wrecks in the use of science in environmental problem solving. BioScience 52: 1127-1136.

Cardinale, B.J. and M.A. Palmer. 2002. Disturbance moderates biodiversity-ecosystem function relationships: experimental evidence from caddisflies in stream mesocosms. Ecology 83: 1915-1927.

Cardinale, B.J., M.A. Palmer, C.M. Swan, S. Brooks, N.L. Poff. 2002. The influence of physical habitat heterogeneity on biofilm metabolism in a stream ecosystem. Ecology 83: 412-422.

Brooks, S., M. A. Palmer, C.M. Swan, B.J. Cardinale, S. G. Ribblett. 2002. Assessing stream rehabilitation: limitations of community structure data. Restoration Ecology 10: 156-168.

Cardinale, B.J., M.A. Palmer, and S.L. Collins. 2002. Species diversity enhances ecosystem functioning through interspecific facilitation. Nature 415: 426-429.

Palmer, M.A., G.E. Moglen, N. E. Bockstael, S. Brooks, J.E. Pizzuto, C. Wiegand, and K. Van Ness. 2002. The ecological consequences of changing land use for running waters: the surburban Maryland case. Yale Bulletin of Environmental Science 107: 85-113.

Michener, W.K., Baerwald, T., P. Firth, M. A. Palmer, J. Rosenberger, E. Sandlin, and H. Zimmerman. 2001. Defining and unraveling biocomplexity. BioScience 51:1018-1023.

Palmer, M.A., C.M. Swan, K. Nelson, P. Silver Botts & R. Alvestad. 2000. Streambed landscapes: evidence that stream invertebrates respond to the type and spatial arrangement of patches. Landscape Ecology 15:563-576.

Lake, P.S, M.A. Palmer, P. Biro, J. Cole, A.P. Covich, C. Dahm, J. Gibert, W. Goedkoop, K. Martens, J. Verhoeven. 2000. Global change and the biodiversity of freshwater ecosystems: impacts on linkages between above-sediment and sediment biota. Bioscience 50(12):1099-1107.

Palmer, M.A., A.P. Covich, S. Lake, P. Biro, J.J. Brooks, J. Cole, C. Dahm, J. Gibert, W. Goedkoop, K. Martens, J. Verhoeven, W.J. Van de Bund. 2000. Linkages between aquatic sediment biota and life above sediments as potential drivers of biodiversity and ecological processes. BioScience 50(12): 1062-1075.

Covich, A.P., M.A. Palmer & T.A. Crowl. 1999. The role of benthic species in freshwater ecosystem processes. Bioscience 49:119-126.

Hakenkamp, C.C. & M.A. Palmer. 1999. Introduced bivalves in freshwater ecosystems: the impact of Corbicula on carbon dynamics in a sandy stream. Oecologia 119: 445-451.

Palmer, M.A. (and 12 others). 1997. Biodiversity and Ecosystem processes in freshwater sediments. Ambio 26:571-577.

Palmer, M.A., R.F. Ambrose, & N.L. Poff. 1997. Ecological theory and community restoration ecology. Restoration Ecology 5:291-300.

Palmer, M.A., P. Arensburger, A.P. Martin, & D.W. Denman. 1996. Disturbance and patch-specific responses: the interactive effects of woody debris and floods on lotic invertebrates. Oecologia 105:247-257.