Bryan Tolson (He/Him)

Bryan Tolson
Location: E2 2316
Status: Active


Bryan Tolson started at the University of Waterloo in 2005 and was promoted to Professor in 2020. His research interests include the field of environmental and water resources systems analysis, the development and testing of heuristic algorithms for efficient single- and multiple-objective optimization, and uncertainty estimation as well as risk-based or probabilistic assessment of environmental and water resources systems. These research interests have been applied to a variety of application areas including hydrologic model calibration, water distribution network calibration and optimal design and Great Lakes water level management.

Research Interests

  • Hydrological modelling
  • Model calibration
  • Hydrology
  • Optimization
  • Multi-objective optimization
  • Water resources planning and management
  • Lake-River routing networks
  • Machine learning for hydrological modelling
  • Flood forecasting
  • Environmental & Water Resources
  • Environmental simulation model development
  • Environmental decision-making
  • Parallel computing


  • 2005, Doctorate Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, United States
  • 2000, Master of Applied Science Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, British Columbia
  • 1998, Bachelor of Applied Science Environmental Science, University of Guelph, Ontario


  • CIVE 770 - Topics in Environmental Engineering
    • Taught in 2024

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