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Alison Appling

Data Scientist

Alison Appling

Data Scientist


USGS Arizona Water Science Center

520 N. Park Avenue

Tucson, AZ 85719

Phone: 520-670-6671 x271


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PhD Ecology, Duke University, 2012

BS Symbolic Systems, Stanford University, 2004

Areas of Expertise

River and Floodplain Ecology

Carbon and Nutrient Cycling


Current Work

Patterns and drivers of river metabolism across the continental United States



Winslow LA, S Chamberlain, AP Appling, JS Read. 2016. sbtools: A package connecting R to cloud-based data for collaborative online research. The R Journal. 8(1):387-98.


Appling, Alison P., Miguel C. Leon, and William H. McDowell. Reducing Bias and Quantifying Uncertainty in Watershed Flux Estimates: The R Package Loadflex. Ecosphere 6(12):269. doi:10.1890/ES14-00517.1.

Read JS, JI Walker, AP Appling, DL Blodgett, EK Read, LA Winslow. 2015. geoknife: Reproducible web-processing of large gridded datasets. Ecography. 38: 1-7. doi:10.1111/ecog.01880

Sistla, Seeta A., Alison P. Appling, Aleksandra M. Lewandowska, Benton N. Taylor, and Amelia A. Wolf. Stoichiometric Flexibility in Response to Fertilization along Gradients of Environmental and Organismal Nutrient Richness. Oikos 124, no. 7 (July 1, 2015): 949–59. doi:10.1111/oik.02385.


Appling, Alison P., and James B. Heffernan. Nutrient Limitation and Physiology Mediate the Fine-Scale (De)coupling of Biogeochemical Cycles. The American Naturalist 184, no. 3 (September 1, 2014): 384–406. doi:10.1086/677282.

Appling, Alison P., Emily S. Bernhardt, and Jack A. Stanford. Floodplain Biogeochemical Mosaics: A Multidimensional View of Alluvial Soils. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 119, no. 8 (August 1, 2014): 2013JG002543. doi:10.1002/2013JG002543.