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Freshwater science to inform policy

We conduct experiments and field studies to better understand how environmental changes affect freshwater ecosystems. Most of our research is geared toward supporting the development of scientifically defensible numeric environmental criteria.

News

Jan
18
2017
For more than three decades a legal dispute raged between Oklahoma and Arkansas over acceptable phosphorus levels in the scenic waterways along the Illinois River. The issue eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 1992. Now, a three-year study conducted by Baylor biology professor Ryan S. King recently helped settle the long-standing dispute.
Dec
20
2016
Members of a two-state panel completed on Monday what was described as the "monumental" task of identifying a scientifically defensible phosphorus standard for Oklahoma's scenic rivers.
Jun
9
2016
Dr. Ryan S. King, the Baylor University professor who is leading a two-year stressor-response study of the Illinois River Basin, presented on Tuesday data that will be used to make that determination.
Mar
13
2016
A recent study by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers found that a popular herbicide does not appear to have a long-term, measurable impact on aquatic plant life.
Research Spotlight

We were selected by a joint committee from Oklahoma and Arkansas to conduct a multi-year study to determine a threshold level of phosphorus for the Designated Scenic Rivers of Oklahoma. The $600,000 study just wrapped up. Download the final report and view photo gallery and video clips from the study

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Contact Information

Ryan S. King, Ph.D.
Professor and Graduate Program Director
Department of Biology
One Bear Place #97388
Waco, TX 76798-7388

Office location: BSB C.414
Lab location: BSB C.453R

Ryan_S_King@baylor.edu
Office telephone: 254.710.2150
Lab telephone: 254.710.2372