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Ken M. Fritz

My expertise is stream ecology. Some areas of my research include community and ecosystem responses to forestry practices and mountaintop removal mining, the role of habitat modifiers or ecosystem engineers in the community structure and ecosystem processes, and the development of indicators for hydrological permanence and ecological condition. Since joining the ORD, I have been the principal investigator on a nationwide study to characterize headwater physical and biological features across a gradient of flow permanence. The intent of this research is to provide scientific information that may guide policy decisions regarding jurisdictional waters under the Clean Water Act. Additionally, this work lays the foundation for critically assessing the ecological integrity of temporary streams, which represent a significant proportion of U.S. stream miles.

Biographical Information

Name: Ken M. Fritz
Title: Research Ecologist

Contact Info:

Ecological Exposure Research Division
National Exposure Research Laboratory
Environmental Protection Agency
26 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. (MD579)
Cincinnati, OH 45268

Phone: 513-569-7092


  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, 2002, Auburn University
  • M.S. in Biology, 1997, Kansas State University
  • B.S. in Zoology, 1993, Southern Illinois University

Professional Experience:

  • Research Ecologist, USEPA, ORD/NERL/EERD, 2003 to Present
  • Federal Post-Doctoral Fellow/Ecologist, USEPA, ORD/NERL, 2002 to 2003

Selected Awards and Honors:

  • USEPA/ORD, Team Superior Performance Award, 2011
  • USEPA/ORD/NERL, Laboratory Teamwork Award, 2010
  • USEPA/ORD, Scientific and Technical Achievement Award (Level II), 2010
  • USEPA/ORD/NERL, Laboratory Teamwork Award, 2006
  • USEPA, National Non-Supervisory Award for Advancing Environmental Protection, 2006

Publications and Presentations

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