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
Fereidoun Rezanezhad uses field and innovative laboratory experiments to understand mechanisms controlling a variety of chemical, biological and physical processes in the subsurface.
Since 2011, Professor Rezanezhad has been a member of the Ecohydrology Research Group, where he also serves as the group's co-op program coordinator.
Reactive Interfaces in Agro-ecosystems
Hydrogeochemical processes of aquatic-terrestrial interfaces
- Biogeochemical cycles of nutrients
- Terrestrial ecosystem processes
- Groundwater-surface water interactions
- Hydrological and biogeochemical processes of peatlands and wetlands
- Seasonal freeze/thaw dynamics
- CO2, N2O and CH4 production and fluxes
- Flow and transport in porous media (particularly in complex dual-porosity)
- HydroBioGeoPhysics: Geophysical methods to assess subsurface biogeochemical processes
Professor Rezanezhad's diverse research interests are united under the central theme of understanding mechanisms controlling subsurface hydrogeochemistry. While he is interested in fundamental physical, hydrological and geochemical questions, much of his work also has strong applied aspects.
The scale of his research ranges from detailed examination of hydrological dynamics and biogeochemical pathways to watershed and landscape studies. Professor Rezanezhad has extensive field experience in wetland ecosystems, monitoring water levels, soil and water quality, as well as contaminant, nutrient, and greenhouse gas fluxes.
He has recently developed and implemented a number of novel techniques in the lab, including automated water table fluctuating soil column system, automated freeze-thaw cycle soil column system, an automated flow injection switch-box, different pore water sampling devices, and high resolution electrochemistry sensors, for innovative research projects.
These techniques improve currently available bench scale systems for validating and accurately addressing physical and chemical heterogeneity at multiple spatial scales. Results from these systems can be used to develop models of hydrogeochemical processes, which will improve solute transport modelling reliability.
Physical Hydrogeology (Earth 458). Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University Waterloo. (Spring 2018)
Flow through porous media (Earth 359). Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University Waterloo. (Fall 2016)
Hydrology (GG381), Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Department of Geography and Environmental studies. (Winter 2011, Fall 2011)
- Guest Lecturer. Flow through porous media (Earth 359). Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University Waterloo. (Fall 2011, Fall 2013)
- Guest Lecturer. Physical Geography (GG101). Department of Geography and Environmental studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. (Fall 2011, Winter 2012)
Baltic TRANSCOAST Fall School, Subsurface and Coastal Water Dynamics, Peat Ecology, September 29 to October 6 2017, Hyytiälä, Finland. 13 PhD students (Role: Instructor).
Earth691/692, Biogeochemical processes in cold regions (Special Studies). University of Waterloo, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. (Fall 2015)
Earth 691, Soil freeze-thaw cycles (Special Studies). (Fall 2015)
- Reactive Transport Modeling Course. CREATE Training toward Environmentally Responsible Resource program. University of Waterloo, February 17-27, 2015. (22 participants: MSc, PhD and PDF)
- Earth 691, Image Processing and Visualization: Applications in Environmental Sciences (Special Studies). (Fall 2014)
- Earth 691, Hydro-geochemical processes of Groundwater-Surface Water Interaction (Special Studies). (Fall 2013)
- Earth 691, Soil Biogeochemical Responses to Freezing and Thawing Cycles (Special Studies). (Winter 2013)
Recent publications include
B. Ding, F. Rezanezhad; B. Gharedaghloo; P. Van Cappellen and E. Passeport. 2018. Bioretention cells under cold climate conditions: Effects of freezing and thawing on water infiltration, soil structure, and nutrient removal. Science of the Total Environment, 649, 749-759.
N. Sepehrnia, L. Memarianfard, A. A. Moosavi, J. Bachmann, F. Rezanezhad, M. Sepehri. 2018. Retention modes of manure-fecal coliform under saturated condition. Journal of Environmental Management, 227, 209-2015.
B. Gharedaghloo, J. S. Price, F. Rezanezhad, William Quinton. 2018. Evaluating the hydraulic and transport properties of peat soil using pore network modeling and X-Ray micro computed tomography. Journal of Hydrology, 561, 494-508.
T. Maavara, S. Slowinski, F. Rezanezhad, K. Van Meter, P. Van Cappellen. 2018. The role of groundwater discharge fluxes on Si:P ratios in a major tributary to Lake Erie. Science of the Total Environment, 622-623, 814-824.
A. Mellage, C. M. Smeaton, A. Furma, E. A. Atekwana, F. Rezanezhad and P. Van Cappellen. 2018. Linking spectral induced polarization (SIP) and subsurface microbial processes: Results from sand column incubation experiments. Environmental Science & Technology. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b04420
Z. Akbarzadeh, A. Laverman, F. Rezanezhad, M. Raimonet, E. Viollier, B. Shafei, P. Van Cappellen. 2018. Benthic nitrite fluxes in the Seine River (France): Insights from early diagenetic modeling. Science of the Total Environment, 628-629: 580-593.
C. Kleimeier, H. Liu, F. Rezanezhad, B. Lennartz. 2018. Nitrate attenuation in degraded peat soil-based constructed wetlands. Water, 10, 355; doi:10.3390/w10040355.
Awards and Distinctions
- Mercator Fellow in Baltic TRANSCOAST research training group funded by German Research Foundation (DFG) (2015-2020)
- Suncor Energy Inc. Postdoctoral Fellowship. Fen Creation Research Project. University of Waterloo, Canada. (2009- 2011)
- IP3 Post-doctoral Fellowship, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada, Cold Regions Research Centre (CRRC), Improved Processes and Parameterisation for Prediction in Cold Regions (IP3) network funded by Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS). (2007- 2009)
- Outstanding Paper of the Conference for the Best Scientific Poster (2004), Eurosoil2004, Freiburg, Germany.
- DFG Ph.D. Scholarship and Research Award, University of Heidelberg, Germany, Institute of Environmental Physics. (2003-2007)
University of Waterloo Affiliations
Co-op Program Coordinator of the Ecohydrology Research Group
Member, The Water Institute
Professional Associations and Service
Associate Editor of the Journal of Hydrology
Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Soil Science
Associate Editor of the journal Mires and Peat
Academic Editor for the journal PLOS ONE
Chair of Canadian Representative to the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) Commission on Water Quality
2007 PhD Environmental Physics, Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Heidelberg, Germany
2000 MSc Physics, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Zahedan, Iran
1998 BSc Physics, University of Tabriz, Iran