Dept of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Centre for Environmental and Information Technology (EIT)
200 University Ave. W
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567
Aquatic Greenhouse Gas Emissions in a Changing World
Dr. Tonya DelSontro
Department F.-A. Forel for Environmental and Aquatic Science; Faculty of Science
University of Geneva, Switzerland
It is now widely known that inland waters (i.e., lakes, reservoirs and rivers) emit significant amounts of greenhouse gases (GHG; i.e., CO2, CH4, N2O) – one aspect of the role inland waters play in climate change and in the global carbon cycle.
Calling all water entrepreneurs! AquaHacking is an innovative, multi-stage pitch competition challenging students to tackle water issues facing our Great Lakes. AquaHacking provides mentoring, a unique experience and financial support to help you bring your idea to life!
Anthropogenic changes to inland water nutrient cycles: sky to sea
Dr. Taylor Maavara
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Rivers are the great connectors of the freshwater cycle, providing essential services to humans and ecosystems, including drinking water, transportation channels, food security, waste assimilation, and water purification.
Deciphering spatio-temporal patterns and using reactive transport models to improve process and understanding
Dr. Bhavna Arora, Energy Geosciences Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Reactive transport models (RTMs) are essential tools to address a broad range of environmental problems such as acid mine drainage, radionuclide contamination, climate change and water resources management. The role of RTMs has been expanding in recent years to quantify processes from bedrock to canopy and from pore to watershed scales. However, this expanding role of RTMs brings significant scientific challenges, such as incorporating heterogeneity in models given that data are sparse, multi-sourced and convoluted. In addition, predicting future ecosystem response is problematic because different spatio-temporal factors impact system behavior and need to be represented adequately in models.
Join us in the Earth Sciences Museum on Saturday February 16th for free fun drop-in programs for kids and their families! We will be hosting two sessions during the day. Dinosaurs and Fossils in the morning and Rocks and Minerals in the afternoon.
Integration of Active and Passive Sampling Techniques for Characterization of Non-Point Source Contamination from Septic Systems in rural Ontario Hamlets
Investigating New Approaches for Mapping Groundwater Systems in Karstic Carbonate Bedrock: A Case Study in the Early Silurian Formations of the Niagara Escarpment Cuesta Southern Ontario, Canada
The Ecohydrology Research Group is excited to present our seventh annual research symposium in celebration of World Wetlands Day at the University of Waterloo!
Vital signs in the low energy microbial world: linking physiology to ecosystem function
Dr. Jacqueline Goordial
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, East Boothbay, Maine
Microorganisms are the most diverse and abundant lifeforms on Earth, but less than 1% have been cultured in the laboratory for study. Thus, our knowledge of the metabolic potential of the vast majority of microorganisms is based primarily on genomic and metagenomic sequencing. Compounding these unknowns is evidence that bacteria commonly exist in prolonged states of low metabolic activity or non-growth states in environmental settings. This gap in our knowledge necessitates uniting physiology and molecular microbiology to understand the roles that bacterial communities play in biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem function.
Examining Hydrogeological Processes in Freezing Soils Using Remote Geophysical and Numerical Techniques
Defining the Intersection of Geology, Geochemistry and Microbiology in Hydrothermal Environments
Dr. Daniel Colman
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Montana State University
Hydrothermal systems provide excellent model systems to deconvolute the dynamic interplay between geology and geochemistry and the ecology and evolution of microorganisms. Extensive geochemical variation exists in hydrothermal systems that sets the stage for an incredible amount of microbial taxonomic and functional biodiversity. Further, microorganisms inhabiting hydrothermal systems can have profound roles in shaping the geochemistry of their environments through geo-biological feedbacks resulting from biological transformations of inorganic and organic chemical constituents.
Building an Understanding of Ecohydrologic Process through Model-Data Fusion
Dr. James O. Knighton
Biological & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
Recent advances in ecohydrology have been facilitated by the parallel emergence of ecohydrological models, high resolution hydrologic datasets, and data analytic techniques. In this talk I will first examine the hypothesis of ecohydrological separation (i.e. the Two Water Worlds Hypothesis) from the perspective of physically-based models and high frequency soil water isotopic measurements along a hillslope.