• Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Environmental & Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Environmental & Sustainability
  • Research Assistant Professor, Geography Department
  • Academic Advisor, Environmental and Sustainability Studies


  • Jennifer Follstad Shah, Yusuf Jameel, Rose Smith, Rachel Gabor, Paul Brooks & Samantha Weintraub (2019). Altered hydrologic connectivity and spatio-temporal variability in water resources impact chemical and physical properties of a semi-arid urban river system. Journal of the North American Water Resources Association. 1-17. Published, 03/05/2019.
  • Scott Tiegs & CELLDEX collaborators (2019). Global patterns and drivers of ecosystem functioning in rivers and riparian zones. Science Advances. Vol. 5, eaav0486. Published, 01/09/2019.
  • Stoichiometric estimation of microbial carbon use efficiency in soils. Ecological Monographs. Accepted, 02/12/2016.
  • Scaling microbial biomass, metabolism and resource supply. Biogeochemistry 122:175-190. Published, 01/2015.
  • Extracellular enzyme kinetics scale with resource availability. Biogeochemistry 121:287-304. Published, 09/2014.
  • Predicting functional implications of global changes in riparian plant communities. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11:423-432. Published, 09/2013.
  • Ecoenzymatic stoichiometry and ecological theory. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 43:313-343. Published, 09/2012.
  • Ecoenzymatic stoichiometry of stream sediments with comparison to terrestrial soils. Biogeochemistry 111:455-467. Published, 11/2011.
  • Ecoenzymatic stoichiometry of recalcitrant organic matter decomposition: The growth rate hypothesis in reverse. Biogeochemistry 102:31-43. Published, 01/2011.
  • Ecoenzymatic stoichiometry in relation to productivity for freshwater biofilm and plankton communities. Microbial Ecology 60:885-893. Published, 11/2010.
  • Integrating resource utilization and temperature in metabolic scaling of riverine bacterial production. Ecology 91:1455-1465. Published, 05/2010.
  • Elaeagnus angustifolia alters soil inorganic nitrogen pools in riparian ecosystems. Ecosystems 13:46-61. Published, 02/2010.
  • Ecoenzymatic stoichiometry of microbial nutrient acquisition in soil and sediment. Nature 462:795-798.. Published, 12/2009.
  • Decomposition of native and nonnative leaf litter in relation to hydrology of riparian ecosystems. Ecological Applications 19:1135-1146.. Published, 07/2009.
  • Flood regime and leaf fall determine soil inorganic nitrogen dynamics in semiarid riparian forests. Ecological Applications 18:771-788. Published, 04/2008.
  • River and riparian restoration in the Southwest: Results from the National River Restoration Science Synthesis Project. Restoration Ecology 15(3):550-562. Published, 09/2007.
  • Restoring rivers one reach at a time: Results from a survey of U.S. river restoration practitioners. Restoration Ecology 15(3): 482-493. Published, 09/2007.
  • Stream restoration databases and case studies: a guide to information resources and their utility in advancing the science and practice of restoration. Restoration Ecology 14(2):177-186. Published, 06/2006.
  • Standards for ecologically successful river restoration. Journal of Applied Ecology 42(2):208-217. Published, 04/2005.
  • Restoration of U.S. rivers – A national synthesis. Science 308:636-637. Published, 04/2005.
  • Standards for ecologically successful river restoration. Journal of Applied Ecology 42(2):208-217. Published, 04/2005.

Research Keywords

  • Riparian Ecosystem
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Environmental Restoration or Remediation
  • Ecosystem


  • Follstad Shah, J. Sensitivity of leaf litter breakdown to global changes. Biodiversity Research Seminar Series, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/06/2019.
  • Jameel, Y., Follstad Shah, J., R. Gabor, R. Smith, and S. Weintraub. 2018. Spatiotemporal variability in hydrologic connectivity controls the physicochemical properties of a semi-arid urban river system. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Conference Paper, Presented, 12/12/2018.
  • Follstad Shah, J., Y. Jameel, R. Smith, R. Gabor, and S. Weintraub. 2018. Linking water quantity to water quality in the Jordan River, Utah. Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/15/2018.
  • Follstad Shah, J. Linking Water Sources & Water Quality within the Jordan River, Utah. Presentation to the Utah Division of Water Quality TMDL Technical Committee. Presentation, Presented, 10/15/2018.
  • Gabor, R.S., M. Barnes, G.J. Bowen, W. Brazelton, P.D. Brooks, D. Eiriksson, A. Gelderloos, S.J. Hall, Y. Jameel, M. Millington, M. Navidomskis, B.T. Neilson, J. Follstad Shah, R. Smith, T. Stout, H. Tennant, C. Thornton, S. Weintraub. 2017. Microbes, nutrients and organic matter in urban-impacted rivers. American Chemistry Society 253rd National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2-6, 2017. Conference Paper, Submitted, 11/15/2017.
  • Smith, R., J. Follstad Shah, R. Gabor, Y. Jameel, M. Navidomskis. 2017. Nutrient cycling in the Jordan River: seasonal and spatial variation. Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT, November 15-16, 2017. Conference Paper, Submitted, 11/15/2017.
  • Follstad Shah, J., R. Gabor, Y. Jameel, R. Smith, and S. Weintraub. 2017. Evidence of groundwater connectivity in the Jordan River despite flow regulation and groundwater inputs. Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT, November 15-16, 2017. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/15/2017.
  • Follstad Shah, J., S. Weintraub, R. Gabor, R. Smith, Y. Jameel, M. Navidomskis. 2017. Microbial community response to energy and nutrient flows within a semi-arid, effluent dominated urban river system. American Water Resources Association Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, May 1-3, 2017. Conference Paper, Submitted, 05/01/2017.
  • Macroscale analysis of microbial community homeostasis. Oral presentation at the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, USA. Co-presenter. Conference Paper, Presented, 08/11/2015.
  • Follstad Shah, J. Temperature sensitivity of ecosystem processes in streams and rivers. Evergreen State College, Evergreen, WA, USA. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/29/2015.
  • Global synthesis of the temperature sensitivity of leaf litter breakdown in streams and rivers. Oral presentation at the Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, USA. Presenter. Conference Paper, Presented, 05/18/2015.

Research Groups

  • Brittany Duncan, Graduate Student. Watershed Sciences (Utah State University). 01/01/2015 - present.
  • Eric McCulley, Graduate Student. Watershed Sciences (Utah State University). 01/01/2010 - 12/05/2014.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • MICROBIAL ECOLOGY JORDAN RIVER. PI: SHAH,JENNIFER. SOUTH DAVIS SEWER DISTRICT, 05/04/2016 - 03/15/2017. Total project budget to date: $69,690.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Cellulose Decomposition Experiment. PI: Scott Tiegs. 05/01/2015 - present.
  • Meta-Analysis and Synthesis of Leaf Litter Decomposition. PI: Jennifer Follstad Shah. Co-PI(s): Marcelo Ardon, John Kominoski. 01/01/2011 - present.


  • EPA Scientific and Technological Achievement Award, Level III recognition in the category of Ecological Research (2011)
  • NSF Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007-2009)
  • Best Graduate Student Oral Presentation from the Soil Ecology Society (2005)
  • EPA Graduate Research Opportunities Doctoral Fellowship (2003-2006)
  • NSF IGERT Freshwater Sciences Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (2000-2002)


  • English, fluent.
  • French, functional.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • United States of America