Kurt Carpenter

Kurt Carpenter is a Research Hydrologist on the Ecology Team at the USGS Oregon Water Science Center. He studies hydrobiology and the effects of water quality on stream, river, and lake ecosystems, including many that are critical drinking water sources in Oregon. For over thirty years, Kurt has worked with other scientists and water managers to understand factors that impact water quality including nutrients and harmful algae blooms, wildfires, pesticides and other threats. Originally from Manasquan New Jersey, Kurt enjoys going on adventures with his kids, playing music, and spending time at the Oregon coast. 

Author's Entries

  • Harmful Algae Blooms in Oregon

    The term “algae” is a generic description of a diverse group of single and multicellular aquatic plant organisms that produce energy and oxygen through photosynthesis. Algae are a natural and vital part of healthy ecosystems and form the base of most aquatic food webs. The thousands of species of algae …

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