Stephen K. Hamilton



Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994

W. K. Kellogg Biological Station
Office Telephone: 269-671-2231
Research website

Ecosystem Ecology & Biogeochemistry

My principal research interests involve ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry, with particular attention to aquatic environments and the movement of water through landscapes. I am especially interested in running waters, wetlands and floodplains because they represent an interface between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems that is often biologically diverse and productive. I also like to consider ecosystem processes at the landscape or watershed scale, and I prefer to do research that contributes to our understanding of environmental problems or improves our ability to manage ecosystems. In recent years I have increasingly conducted research on agricultural ecology and the sustainability of crop production for food and biofuel.

Representative Publications

Kinsman-Costello, L.E., J.O. O’Brien, and S.K. Hamilton. 2015. Natural stressors in uncontaminated sediments of shallow freshwaters: The prevalence of sulfide, ammonia and reduced iron. Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry. doi: 10.1002/etc.2801 

Hamilton, S.K., J.E. Doll, and G.P. Robertson (eds.). 2015. The ecology of agricultural landscapes: long-term research on the path to sustainability. Oxford University Press, New York, New York, USA.

Jardine, T.D., N.R. Bond, M.A. Burford, M.J. Kennard, D.P. Ward, P. Bayliss, P.M. Davies, M.M. Douglas, S.K. Hamilton, J.M. Melack, R.J. Naiman, N.E. Pettit, B.J. Pusey, D.M. Warfe, and S.E. Bunn. 2014. Does flood rhythm drive ecosystem responses in tropical riverscapes? Ecology 96: 684-692. doi: 10.1890/14-0991

Hamilton, S.K. S.J. Sippel, J.P. Chanton, and J.M. Melack. 2014. Plant-mediated transport and isotopic composition of methane from shallow tropical wetlands. Inland Waters 4: 369-376. doi 10.5268/IW-4.4.734

Hamilton, S.K. 2012. Biogeochemical time lags may delay responses of streams to ecological restoration. Freshwater Biology 57 (Suppl. s1): 43-57. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2427.2011.02685.x