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. Feb. 11, 2018Philippe and Fereidoun present research at the 2018 Ocean Science Meeting in Portland, Oregon

    This week, Dr. Philippe Van Cappellen and Dr. Fereidoun Rezanezhad from the Ecohydrology Research Group are presenting their research at the 2018 Ocean Science Meeting (February 11-16, 2018) in Portland, Oregon.

  2. Feb. 5, 2018New publication featured in Applied Geochemistry

    The April 2018 issue of Applied Geochemistry will feature a publication by Ekaterina Markelova, Raoul-Marie Couture, Chris Parsons, Igor Markelov, Benoit Madé, Philippe Van Cappellen, and Laurent Charlet. The publication, titled "Speciation dynamics of oxyanion contaminants (As, Sb, Cr) in argillaceous suspensions during oxic-anoxic cycles" is an experimental and modelling study assessing contaminant migration from the argillaceous waste repositories.

  3. Feb. 5, 2018Global Water Futures announces the recipients of the Pillar 1 and 2 Projects Competition

    Global Water Futures (GWF) announced the recipients of the Pillar 1 & 2 projects that recently received funding from the GWF initiative. Six new University of Waterloo-led research projects, among a total of 21 awards, are led by Waterloo researchers, including the project entitled "Winter Soil Processes in Transition".

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  1. Mar. 2, 2018Ecohydrology Seminar Series: Linking agricultural management to microbial ecosystem processes by Dr. Lori A. Phillips

    Sustainably producing enough food for the world's growing population is one of this century’s defining challenges. Innovative solutions are needed to increase productivity without further degrading agricultural lands or adversely affecting local and global ecosystems. One promising avenue lies in understanding and managing the soil microbiome, which collectively provides critical ecosystem services that underpin both productivity and sustainability. Management practices that alter the soil environment also alter the soil microbiome.

  2. Mar. 20, 2018Ecohydrology Seminar Series: Dr. David Depew

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  3. Mar. 22, 2018World Water Day

    Join the Water Institute in celebrating the University of Waterloo's ninth annual World Water Day event! This year's theme is Nature for Water.

    A free lunch is provided for those who register.

    Please register for the event, and/or sign up to present a poster.

    For more information, visit the event's home page.

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