Thursday, December 17, 2020

Restoring wetlands near farms would dramatically reduce water pollution

Targeted wetland restoration in heavily farmed areas would dramatically reduce the amount of nitrogen polluting rivers, lakes and coastal areas, a new study finds.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo and the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) examined detailed data on wetland locations and nitrogen loads from fertilizer on farm fields throughout the United States.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

EES welcomes new faculty member Tonya DelSontro

Tonya DelSontro selfie in front of a mountain stream

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences would like to welcome new faculty member Assistant Professor Tonya DelSontro. She joined the department as an Assistant Professor virtually in July, and then arrived on campus this September.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Successful field course allows ten Earth and Environmental Science students to graduate this fall

Group of students, TAs, and professor standing on a rock surrounded by trees. All are wearing masks

For 10 Earth and Environmental Sciences students graduating this week, who should have graduated this past June, it has taken months of planning and preparation in order to deliver the required field course they needed to take in order to graduate.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Waterloo researchers protecting our food supply from mercury contamination

Alana Wang

Remediation of mercury contaminated soils is an urgent issue affecting the safety of our food supply.  Rivers, lakes, and oceans that were polluted by industrial waste from textile or mining operations in the past can continue to distribute neurotoxic methylmercury into our agricultural environments for decades.  Waterloo PhD student Alana Wang (pictured here) and a team of Waterloo researchers have helped to unlock the process of using biochars to remediate contaminated floodplain soils.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Nandita Basu receives AGU's Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring Award

Nandita Basu

The Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring is presented annually to a mid-career female scientist in recognition of significant contributions as a role model and mentor for the next generation of biogeoscientsts.