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Arthur J. Gold

  • Professor of Watershed Hydrology, Natural Resource Program Leader & Director of URI Water Quality Cooperative Extension Program
  • Phone: 401.874.2903
  • Fax: 401.874.4561
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  • Office Location: 110 Coastal Institute
    Dept. of Natural Resources Science
    Kingston, RI 02881

Dr. Gold’s research addresses the effects of land use and natural features on water quality, with particular focus on sources and sinks of nitrogen in mixed-use watersheds. He has published more than 80 refereed journal articles and attracted more than $17 million in external funding from the NRI, CSREES NIWQP, NSF, SeaGrant, NRCS, EPA and state agencies. His outreach/extension activities are directed towards local and state decision-makers and promote the use of GIS decision support tools to mitigate both cumulative and site-specific effects of human alterations. Dr. Gold maintains an active graduate program and is one of the principal scientists involved in an NSF-funded, Ph.D. IGERT training project entitled: Assessing Change in Coastal Ecosystems: Integrating Natural and Social Sciences. His teaching responsibilities include an undergraduate course in Watershed Hydrology and a graduate course in Ecohydrology.

At the University of Rhode Island Dr. Gold is the Natural Resource Program Leader for Land Grant Programs and Associate Director of the Coastal Institute. His current professional activities include service as a senior research advisor for an international watershed research coordination project of the IAEA/UN FAO; co-chair and host of the NSF Research Coordination Network’s workshop on “Managing Denitrification in Human Dominated Landscapes;” and director of the Northeast States and Caribbean Islands Regional Water Program, a CSREES funded project that includes extension and research faculty from all Land Grant Institutions within EPA’s Regions 1 and 2. He was an appointed member of the US EPA’s Science Advisory Board Subcommittee on Environmental Models (1997-2000); and Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental Quality from 1997-2003. In 2001 Dr. Gold received the University-wide Scholarly Excellence Award.

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