Ecohydrology at the University of Waterloo

Water is our most precious natural resource. The availability and quality of fresh water not only impact human health and wellbeing, but also the functioning of essential ecosystems, including rivers, wetlands, lakes and coastal ecosystems.

Most available fresh water is present as groundwater. Exchanges between groundwater and surface water occur throughout the landscape and support a plethora of key ecosystem services. The multidisciplinary research program in ecohydrology is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the fluxes and transformations of nutrient elements (especially P, N, Si) and metals at the groundwater-surface water interface, and assessing their consequences for the health and functioning of aquatic ecosystems.

Our research team includes biogeochemists, hydrologists, ecologists, environmental chemists and microbiologists, who combine laboratory experiments, field sampling and mathematical modelling.

  1. Jan. 17, 2019Philippe, Fereidoun and Stephane visit Qatar University

    The Ecohydrology Research Group (ERG) and Qatar University are collaborating on a project to study the fate of petroleum-derived hydrocarbons in coastal aquifers of arid regions. The project is funded by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).  Philippe, Fereidoun and Stephane visited Qatar University in Doha on January 13-19 to discuss progress and plan upcoming activities of the project.

  2. Dec. 10, 2018Ecohydrology Group at AGU 2018

    This week, Ecohydrology Group members are presenting their research at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting (December 10-14, 2018) in Washington, D.C. With nearly 24,000 attendees, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world.

  3. Nov. 30, 2018Adrian defends his thesis!Alex Furman, Philippe Van Cappellen, Adrian Mellage, Christopher Mellage, Fereidoun Rezanezhad

    Adrian Mellage has successfully defended his PhD thesis titled "Hydrobiogeophysics: Linking geo-electrical Properties and Biogeochemical Processes in Shallow Subsurface Environments". Adrian completed his PhD with the Ecohydrology Research Group, at the University of Waterloo.

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  1. Feb. 4, 2019World Wetlands Day 2019

    We are excited to present our seventh annual research symposium in celebration of World Wetlands Day at the University of Waterloo! 

    Our program this year features: 

  2. June 10 to 14, 2019IAGLR 2019

    Submit and abstract for the 62nd annual Conference on Great Lakes Research by February 1st, 2019 at:

    Conference theme: Large Lakes Research: Connecting People and Ideas

  3. Aug. 18 to 23, 2019Goldschmidt Conference 2019

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