Lab Publications

* indicates graduate student co-author


Implications of Payments for Ecosystem Services governance structures for ecosystem services provisioning and human well-being in rural Costa Rica.
Katherine Brownson, Elizabeth Anderson, Susana Ferreira, Seth Wenger, Laurie Fowler, Laura German. Submitted: September 2019

Seeteram, N.*, P. Hyera, L. Kaaya, M. Lalika, and E.P. Anderson,. Examining urban and agricultural growth trends in Tanzania: Implications for conservation of rivers and their biodiversity. Submitted: September 2019

Ruegg, J., C.C. Conn, E.P. Anderson, T.J. Battin, E.S. Bernhardt, M.B. Canadell, S.M. Bonjour, J.D. Hosen, N.S. Marzolf, and C.B Yackulic. Thinking like a consumer: linking aquatic basal metabolism and consumer dynamics.Submitted: September 2019

Farah-Perez, A.*, G.Umaña-Villalobos, J. Picado-Barboza, and E.P. Anderson. River fragmentation by dams and dewatered reaches in Costa Rica and potential consequences for fish fauna. Submitted: June 2019


Anderson, E.P., T. Osborne, J.A. Maldonado-Ocampo, M. Mills-Novoa, L. Castello, M. Montoya, A.C. Encalada, and C.N. Jenkins. 2019. Energy development reveals blind spots for Amazon ecosystem conservation. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. IN PRESS.

Subalusky, A.L., E.P. Anderson, G.L Jimenez-Romero, D.M. Post, L.F. Jimenez-Segura, D. Echeverri-Lopez, S. Garcia, L.J. Nova-Leon, J.F. Reatiga-Parrish, A. Rojas*, and S.A. Solari-Torres. 2019. Fertility and chaos? Potential impacts of hippopotamus introductions into Colombia’s Magdalena River Basin. Oryx. IN PRESS.

Encalada, A.C., A.S. Flecker, N.L. Poff, E. Suarez, G.A. Herrera-R., B. Ríos-Touma, S. Jumani, E.I. Larson, and E.P. Anderson. 2019. A global perspective on tropical montane rivers. Science. IN PRESS.

Anderson, E.P.. S. Jackson, R. Tharme, M. Douglas, J.E. Flotemersch, M. Zwarteveen, C. Lokgariwar, M. Montoya, A. Wali, G.T. Tipa, T.D. Jardine, J.D. Olden, L. Cheng, J. Conallin, B. Cosens, C. Dickens, D. Garrick, D. Groenfeldt, J. Kabogo, D. Roux, A. Ruhi, and A.H. Arthington. 2019. Understanding rivers and their social relations: A critical step to advance environmental water management. WIREs Water e1381. PDF

Tognelli, M.F., Anderson, E.P., Segura, L.F.J., Correa, V., Javier, A., Vallejos, F.M.C., Rivadeneira, J.F., Lasso, C.A., Duarte, S., Cox, N.A., Hidalgo, M., Sarmiento, J., Velásquez, M.A. & Navarro, F.A.V. 2019. Assessing conservation priorities of endemic freshwater fishes in the Tropical Andes region. .  Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Systems 1–10. PDF


Anderson, E. P., Jenkins, C. N., Heilpern, S., Maldonado-Ocampo, J. A., Carvajal-Vallejos, F. M., Encalada, A. C., … Tedesco, P. A. 2018. Fragmentation of Andes-to-Amazon connectivity by hydropower dams. Science Advances, 4(1). PDF
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Wu, X., J. Gomes-Selman, Q. Shi, Y. Xue, R. García-Villacorta, E.P. Anderson, S. Sethi, S. Steinschneider, A. Flecker, and C.P. Gomes. 2018. Efficiently Approximating the Pareto Frontier: Hydropower Dam Placement in the Amazon Basin. Proc. Thirty-Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-18), New Orleans, LA, USA, 2–7 February 2018; pp. 849–858.


Kabogo, J., E.P. Anderson, P. Hyera, and G. Kajanja. 2017. Facilitating public participation in  freshwater resources management: Reflections from Tanzania. Ecology and Society 22(4):26. PDF


Jimenez-Segura, L.F., E.P. Anderson, and >15 coauthors. 2016. Ichthyofauna of the Tropical Andes. Pp: 23-56 in: Tognelli, M. et al. (eds). Estado de la Conservación de la Biodiversidad de Agua Dulce en los Andes Tropicales. Gland, Suiza, Cambridge, UK, and Arlington, USA. International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Anderson, E.P. and J.C. Veilleux. 2016. Cultural costs of tropical dams. Science 352:159. PDF

Neibaur, E.E. and E.P. Anderson. 2016. Sustainability of domestic rainwater harvesting systems in a rural region of Mexico. Water Science and Technology 16:1388-1397. PDF

Auerbach, D., B. Buchanan, A. Alexiades, E.P. Anderson, A.C. Encalada, E. Larson, R. McManamay, G. Poe, T. Walter, and A. Flecker. 2016. Towards rapid, rigorous and reproducible ecohydrologic classification of data scarce regions. Ecohydrology 9:1235-1247. PDF

Veilleux, J.C. and E.P. Anderson. 2016. 2015 Snapshot of water security in the Nile, Mekong, and Amazon Basins. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin 25:8-14. PDF


Gaiser, E.E., E.P. Anderson, E. Castañeda-Moya, L. Collado-Vides, J.W. Fouqurean, M.R. Heithaus, R. Jaffe, D. Lagomasino, N.J. Oehm, R.M. Price, V.H Rivera-Monroy, R.R. Chowdhury, and T.G. Troxler. 2015. New perspectives on an iconic landscape from comparative international long-term ecological research. Ecosphere 6(10):1-18. PDF

Pringle, C.M., E.P. Anderson, M. Ardon, R.J. Bixby, J.H. Duff, A.P. Jackman, P. Paaby, A. Ramirez, G.E. Small, M.N. Snyder, and F.J. Triska. 2015. Rivers of Costa Rica. In: Kappelle, M. and L.D. Gomez. Ecosystems of Costa Rica.

Salisbury, D.S., E.P. Anderson, R. Bilsborrow, C. Campbell, J. Maldonado-Ocampo, S. Perz, E. Diaz-Zuñiga. 2015. Transforming higher education for a changing Amazon. Investigación Universitaria, Edición Extraordinaria, Revista de la Universidad Nacional de Ucayali. 7-9. (In Spanish). 

McClain, M.E. and E.P. Anderson. 2015. The gap between best practice and actual practice in the allocation of environmental flows in integrated water resources management. In: Setegn, S.G. and M.C. Donoso (eds), Sustainability of Integrated Water Resources Management: Water Governance, Climate, and Ecohydrology. PDF


McClain, M.E., A. Subalusky, E.P. Anderson, P. Ndomba, J. Mtamba, R. Tamatamah, C. Mligo, and J. Ayieko. 2014. Comparing flow regime, channel hydraulics and biological communities to infer flow-ecology relationships in the Mara River of Kenya and Tanzania. Hydrological Sciences Journal 59:1-19. PDF

Anderson, E.P. (ed). 2014. Inambari: Towards an Integrated Approach to River Basin Management. Wildlife Conservation Society. 23 pages. PDF

Anderson, E.P. and J.A. Maldonado-Ocampo. 2013. Returning to the Colombian Amazon. Science 342:692-693. PDF

Snyder, M.N., E.P. Anderson, and C.M. Pringle. 2011. A migratory shrimp’s perspective on habitat fragmentation in the Neotropics: Extending knowledge from Puerto Rico. New Frontiers in Crustacean Biology 169-182. PDF

Anderson, E.P. and J.A. Maldonado-Ocampo. 2011. A regional perspective on diversity and conservation of tropical Andean fishes. Conservation Biology 25:30-39. PDF

Anderson, E.P., J.A. Marengo, R. Villalba, S. Halloy, B. Young, D. Cordero, F. Gast, E. Jaimes, and D. Ruiz. 2011. Consequences of climate change for ecosystems and ecosystem services in the tropical Andes. Chapter 1 in: Herzog, S.K., R. Martinez, P.M. Jorgensen, and H. Tiessen (eds). Climate change effects on the biodiversity of the tropical Andes: An assessment of the status of scientific knowledge. Inter-American Institute of Global Change Research (IAI) and Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE). San Jose dos Campos and Paris. PDF

Anderson, E.P., A. Encalada, J.A. Maldonado-Ocampo, M.E. McClain, H. Ortega, and B.P. Wilcox. 2011. Environmental flows: A concept for addressing effects of river alterations and climate change in the Andes. Chapter 23 in: Herzog, S.K., R. Martinez, P.M. Jorgensen, and H. Tiessen (eds). Climate change effects on the biodiversity of the tropical Andes: An assessment of the status of scientific knowledge. Inter-American Institute of Global Change Research (IAI) and Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE). San Jose dos Campos and Paris. PDF

Stiefel, J.M., A.M. Melesse, M.E. McClain, R.M. Price, E.P. Anderson, and N.K. Chauhan. 2009. Effects of rainwater-harvesting induced artificial recharge on the groundwater of wells in Rajasthan, India. Hydrogeology Journal 17:2061-2073. PDF

Anderson, E.P., M. Montoya, A. Soto, H. Flores and M.E. McClain. 2009. Challenges and opportunities for co-management of a migratory fish, Prochilodus nigricans, in the Peruvian Amazon. American Fisheries Society Symposium 69:741-756. PDF

C. Vriesendorp, W. Alverson, D. Moskovits, D. Stotz, S. Fuentes, B. Coronel-Tapia, and E.P. Anderson, editors. 2009. Ecuador: Cabeceras Cofanes-Chingual. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 21. The Field Museum, Chicago. Download:

Maldonado-Ocampo, J.A., A. Torres-Noboa, and E.P. Anderson. 2009. Fishes. In: C. Vriesendorp, W. Alverson, D. Moskovits, D. Stotz, S. Fuentes, B. Coronel-Tapia, and E.P. Anderson, editors. Ecuador: Cabeceras Cofanes-Chingual. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 21. The Field Museum, Chicago. Download:

Wali, A., S. Paladino, E.P. Anderson, S.V. Poats, C. James, P. Pilco, F. Espinosa, L. Narvaez, and R. Aguinda. 2009. Social Assets and Resource Use. In: C. Vriesendorp, W. Alverson, D. Moskovits, D. Stotz, S. Fuentes, B. Coronel-Tapia, and E.P. Anderson, editors. Ecuador: Cabeceras Cofanes-Chingual. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 21. The Field Museum, Chicago. Download:

Beard, T.D., H. Allan, E.P. Anderson, and K.L. Smith. 2009. Tradeoffs in management of freshwater ecosystem services under international environmental conventions: The case of inland waters fisheries. In: Schechter, M.G., W.W. Taylor, and N.J. Leonard (eds). International governance of fisheries ecosystems: Learning from the past, finding solutions for the future. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.

Anderson, E.P., C.M. Pringle, and M.C. Freeman. 2008. Quantifying the extent of river fragmentation by hydropower dams in the Sarapiquí River Basin, Costa Rica. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Systems 18:408-417. PDF

Seares, J., K. Smith, E.P. Anderson, and C.M. Pringle. 2007. Effects of globalization on freshwater biodiversity and strategies for conservation. In Taylor, W.W., M.G. Schechter, and L.G. Wolfson (eds). Globalization: Effects on Fisheries Resources. Cambridge University Press.

Anderson, E.P., C.M. Pringle, and M. Rojas. 2006. Transforming tropical rivers: An environmental perspective on hydropower development in Costa Rica. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Systems 16:679-693. PDF

Anderson, E.P., M.C. Freeman, and C.M. Pringle. 2006. Ecological consequences of hydropower development in Central America: Impacts of small dams and water diversion on Neotropical stream fish assemblages. River Research and Applications 22:397-411. PDF

Technical reports

Anderson, E.P. (ed). 2016. A Rapid Assessment of the Aquatic and Riparian Biota of the Wami-Ruvu Basin, Tanzania. Global Water for Sustainability Program. 66 pages.

Anderson, E.P. (ed). 2014.  Environmental Flow Recommendations for the Ruvu River Basin, Tanzania. Global Water for Sustainability Program. 52 pages.

Anderson, E.P. (ed). 2014.  Wami River Sub-Basin: Environmental Flow Assessment Phase II. Global Water for Sustainability Program. 66 pages. 

Anderson, E.P. 2013. Hydropower development and ecosystem services in Central America. Inter-American Development Bank Technical Note 513. 41 p. PDF

Subalusky, A., E.P. Anderson, and M.E. McClain. 2012. An Environmental Flow Assessment for the Mara River Basin, Kenya and Tanzania. Global Water for Sustainability Program, Miami, FL.  

Herzog, S.K., P.M. Jørgensen, R. Martinez Güingla, C. Martius, E.P. Anderson, D.G. Hole, T.H. Larsen, J.A. Marengo, D. Ruiz Carrascal, and H. Tiessen. 2011. Effects of climate change on the biodiversity of the tropical Andes: the state of scientific knowledge. Summary for decision makers and policy makers. Inter-American Institute for Climate Change Research (IAI), São Paulo, Brazil.  For more information:

Rivadeneira, J.F., E.P. Anderson, and S. Davila. 2010. Peces de la cuenca del río Pastaza. Fundación Natura, Quito, Ecuador. PDF

Anderson, E.P. and J. Sarmett. 2008. An initial environmental flow assessment for the Wami River sub-Basin, Tanzania. Technical report prepared for the Tanzanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation. Available online:

Saunders, T.J., E.P. Anderson, and J.E. Celi. 2007. Status and trends of water quality in the Pastaza River Basin, Ecuador. Technical report prepared for the Global Water for Sustainability Program. 150 p. Available online at: Publications-Project Reports.

Anderson, E.P., C.G. McNally, B. Kalangahe, H, Ramadhani, and H. Mhitu. 2007. The Wami River Estuary, Tanzania: A rapid ecological assessment. Technical report prepared for the Tanzania Coastal Management Partnership and the Coastal Resources Center, University of Rhode Island. 35 p. Available online at: Publications-Project Reports.


Litzinger, M., E.P. Anderson, B. Martinez-Guerrero, and J.A. Maldonado-Ocampo. 2014. Where the Andes meet the Amazon. The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden magazine. In press. 

Anderson, E.P., J. Sarmett, D. Robadue, and J. Tobey. 2008. How much water do we need for nature, livelihoods and people? Assessing the environmental flow of rivers in the Wami River Basin. Basins and Coasts 2:18-23. Download:

McClain, M.E., E.P. Anderson, and D. Ombara. 2006. Securing water for the environment in the Mara River Basin of East Africa. Basins and Coasts 1:4-5. Download:

Anderson, E.P. 2002. Electricity sector reform means more dams for Costa Rica. World Rivers Review 17:3. PDF