Cathy Pringle, Distinguished Research Professor

Cathy Pringle

Research Emphasis:

Species-community-ecosystem linkages, with a focus on effects of species loss on ecosystem structure and function.

CWT Committees:

CWT Science Advisory Committee

Contact Information:

Primary Organization:  University of Georgia

Mailing Address:

Dr. Catherine Pringle
Odum School of Ecology
308 Biological Sciences Building
Athens, GA 30602

Office Phone:  706.542.4289

FAX Number:  706.542.3344


Web Page:

CWT Data Sets:

4077 (Leaf decomposition in relation to resource characteristics and consumer diversity)

4064 (Patch occupancy of stream fauna across a land cover gradient in the southern Appalachians, USA)

2017 (Consequences of non-random tree species loss on litter mass loss, nutrient dynamics, carbon cycling, and decomposer communities across a terrestrial-aquatic interface at Coweeta Hydrologic Lab, Otto, NC)

4057 (Terrestrial-Stream Biodiversity Litter Processing Datasets from Watershed 20 within the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, Otto, NC)

4063 (Terrestrial-Stream Biodiversity Stream Datasets from the Ball Creek Watershed at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, Otto, NC)

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CWT Publications and Presentations: (custom bibliography)

Journal Articles

Cecala, K. K., J. C. Maerz, B. J. Halstead, J. R. Frisch, T. L. Gragson, J. Hepinstall-Cymerman, D. S. Leigh, C. R. Jackson, J. T. Peterson, and C. M. Pringle. 2018. Multiple drivers, scales, and interactions influence southern Appalachian stream salamander occupancy. Ecosphere 9(3):e02150. 10.1002/ecs2.2150

Stoker, D., A. J. Falkner, K. M. Murray, A. K. Lang, T. R. Barnum, J. Hepinstall-Cymerman, M. J. Conroy, R. J. Cooper, and C. M. Pringle. (2017). Decomposition of terrestrial resource subsidies in headwater streams: Does consumer diversity matter? Ecosphere 8(6):e01868. 10.1002/ecs2.1868

Frisch, John R., Peterson, James T., Cecala, Kristen K., Maerz, John C., Jackson, C. Rhett, Gragson, Ted L., and Pringle, Catherine M. 2016. Patch occupancy of stream fauna across a land cover gradient in the southern Appalachians, USA. Hydrobiologia. 773:163-175. doi:10.1007/s10750-016-2695-9.

Vercoe, R., Welch-Devine, M., Hardy, R., Demoss, J., Bonney, S., Allen, K., Brosius, J.P., Charles, D., Crawford, B., Heisel, S., Heynen, N., de Jesús-Crespo, R., Nibbelink, N.P., Parker, L., Pringle, C., Shaw, A. and Van Sant, L. 2014. Acknowledging Trade-offs and Understanding Complexity: Exurbanization Issues in Macon County, North Carolina. Ecology and Society. 19(1):

Jackson, C. R. and C. M. Pringle. Ecological Benefits of Reduced Hydrologic Connectivity in Intensively Developed Landscapes. BioScience, 60(1): 37-46

Carter, T., C.R. Jackson, A. Rosemond, C. Pringle, D. Radcliffe, W. Tollner, J. Maerz, D. Leigh. A. Trice. 2009. Beyond the urban gradient: barriers and opportunities for timely studies of urbanization effects on aquatic ecosystems. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 28(4):1038-1050

Kominoski, J.S., Hoellein, T.J., Kelly, J.J., Pringle, C.M. 2009. Does mixing litter of different qualities alter stream microbial diversity and functioning on individual litter species? Oikos. 118: 457 - 463

Kominoski, J.S., Pringle, C.M. 2009. Resource-consumer diversity: testing the effects of leaf litter species diversity on stream macroinvertebrate communities. Freshwater Biology. 54: 1461-1473

Kominoski, J.S., T.J. Hoellein, C.J. Leroy, C.M. Pringle, C.M. Swan. 2010. Beyond Species Richness: Expanding Biodiversity Ecosystem Functioning Theory In Detritus-Based Streams. River Research and Applications 26:67-75.

Marcelo Ardon, Catherine M. Pringle and Susan L. Eggert (2009) Does leaf chemistry differentially affect breakdown in tropical vs temperate streams? Importance of standardized analytical techniques to measure leaf chemistry. Journal of the North American Benthological Society: June 2009, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 440-453.

Gardiner, N., Sutherland, A. B., Bixby, R. J., Scott, M. C., Meyer, J. L, Helfman, G. S., Benfield, E. F., Pringle, C. M., Bolstad, C. M., and D. N. Wear. 2008. Linking stream and landscape trajectories in the southern Appalachians. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 156(1-4):17-36.

Kominoski, J.S., C.M. Pringle, and B.A. Ball. 2008. Invasive woolly adelgid appears to drive seasonal hemlock and carcass inputs to a detritus-based stream. Verhandlungen Internationale Vereinigung für theoretische und angewandte Limnologie 30(1):109-112

Schofield, K.A., Pringle, C.M., Meyer, J.L., Rosi-Marshall, E.J. 2008. Functional redundancy of stream macroconsumers despite differences in catchment land use. Freshwater Biology, 53: 2587-2599

Freeman, M.C., Pringle, C.M., Jackson, C.R. 2007. Hydrologic Connectivity and the Contribution of Stream Headwaters to Ecological integrity at Regional Scales. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 43(1): 5-14.

Kominoski, J.S., C.M. Pringle, B.A. Ball, M.A. Bradford, D.C. Coleman, D.B. Hall, and M.D. Hunter. 2007. Nonadditive effects of leaf litter species diversity on breakdown dynamics in a detritus-based stream. Ecology. 88(5): 1167-1176.

Ardon, M., Pringle, C.M., Eggert, S.L. 2009. Does leaf chemistry differentially affect breakdown in tropical vs temperate streams? Importance of standardized analytical techniques to measure leaf chemistry. North American Benthological Society, 28(2):440-

Pringle, C.M. and S.L. Collins 2004. Needed: A Unified Infrastructure to Support Long-Term Scientific Research on Public Lands. Ecological Applications. 14(1):18-21.

Pringle, C.M., Collins, S.L. 2004. Needed: A Unified infrastructure to Support Long-Term Scientific Research on Public Lands. Ecological Applications, 14(1): 18-21

Schofield, K.A., C.M. Pringle, and J.L. Meyer. 2004. Effects of increased bedload on algal- and detrital-based stream food webs: Experimental manipulation of sediment and macroconsumers. Limnology and Oceanography, 49(4): 900–909

Hunter, M.D., S. Adl, C.M. Pringle, and D.C. Coleman. 2003.Relative effects of macroinvertebrates and habit on the chemistry of litter during decomposition. Pedobiologia. 47: 101-115.

Bjorkland, R., C.M. Pringle, and B. Newton. 2001. A stream visual assessment protocol (SVAP) for riparian landowners. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 68: 99-125.

Clark, J.S., S.R. Carpenter, M. Barber, S. Collins, A. Dobson, J.A. Foley, D.M. Lodge, M. Pascual, R. Pielke Jr., W. Pizer, C. Pringle, and W. Reid. 2001. Ecological Forecasts: An Emerging Imperative. Science. 293: 657-660.

Schofield, K.A., C.M. Pringle, J.L. Meyer, and A.B. Sutherland. 2001. The importance of crayfish in the breakdown of rhododendron leaf litter. Freshwater Biology. 46: 1-14.

Pringle, C.M., R. Naiman, G. Bretschko, J. Karr, M. Oswood, J. Webster, R. Welcomme, and M. Winterbourn. 1988. Patch dynamics in lotic systems: the stream as a mosaic. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 7(4): 503-524.

Books and Book Sections

Webster, J.R., Benfield, E.F., Cecala, K.K., Chamblee, J.F., Dehring, C.A., Gragson, T.L., Cymerman, J.H., Jackson, C.R., Knoepp, J.D., Leigh, D.S., Maerz, J.C., Pringle, C., Valett, H.M., 2012. Water Quality and Exurbanization in Southern Appalachian Streams. In River Conservation and Management (Chapter on Catchment Conservation, Ecosystem Integrity and Threats to River Systems). P.J. Boon and P.J. Raven, eds. Published 2012 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., p. 91-107

Conference Posters and Presentations

Dudley, M.P, S.Wenger, R. Jackson, K.J. Elliott, C.F. Miniat, and C.M. Pringle. 2018. Stream basal resources exhibit short-term resilience following reach-scale removal of a dominant riparian shrub. Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting, May 20-24, Detroit, MI.

Dudley, M.P., Wenger, S., Elliott, K.J., Miniat, C.F., Pringle, C.M. 2018. Can top-down control of algal and detrital resources by crayfish mediate the effect of removing a dense riparian shrub, Rhododendron maximum, in headwater streams? ESA Annual Meeting, August 5-10, 2018. New Orleans, LA.

Jackson, C.R., J.R. Webster, K.K. Cecala, J.R. Frisch, J.E. Kirsch, J.C. Maerz, D.S. Leigh, J.T. Peterson, C.M. Pringle, and J.D. Knoepp. 2018. Hydrologic, Morphologic, and Water Quality Effects of Rural Development in Streams of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting, May 20-24, Detroit, MI.