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. Mar. 2, 2018Dr. Lori Phillips from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada presents seminarDr. Van Cappellen, Dr. Phillips, and Dr. Rezanezhad

    This afternoon, Dr. Lori Phillips from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada presented a seminar, titled "Linking agricultural management to microbial ecosystem processes". There was a great turnout for the event, and we had a great time learning about the relationships between agriculture and microbes.

    A big thank you to Dr. Phillips for the excellent presentation!

    Please see the event page for more details about the seminar.

  2. Mar. 2, 2018Article showcasing the Ecohydrology Research Group published on Scitech Europa's website

    An article outlining the research done by the Ecohydrology Research Group has been published on Scitech Europa's website. The article, titled "Ecohydrology across scales", is penned by Dr. Philippe Van Cappellen.

    Read the full article on the Scitech Europa website.

  3. Feb. 22, 2018Fereidoun gives invited talk at the 53rd Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research

    The 53rd Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research, organized by Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ), is taking place in Toronto, on February 22 2018. Dr. Fereidoun Rezanezhad is presenting an invited talk, titled: "Wetlands hydrogeochemical processes under changing winter conditions”.

    Additional information about CAWQ can be found at their website.

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  1. Mar. 20, 2018Ecohydrology Seminar Series: Coastal eutrophication in the lower Great Lakes – amelioration of nuisance blooms of benthic algae may be more challenging than we think by Dr. David Depew

    The re-emergence of large blooms of benthic filamentous algae in the lower Great Lakes during the late 1990s and early 2000s seemed to run counter to evidence of ecosystem recovery from eutrophication after point-source phosphorus controls were enacted under the Great Lakes under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

  2. 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.

  3. Mar. 23, 20182018 Darcy Lecture: Dr. Masaki Hayashi

    Alpine Hydrogeology: The Critical Role of Groundwater in Sourcing the Headwaters of the World

    Many of us have been awed by the stunningly beautiful view of alpine lakes and streams- and they are not just beautiful. Nearly half of the world’s population relies on rivers originating in high mountains for water supply. Source areas of mountain streams have rugged topography with sparse soil and vegetation covers, and were once considered “Teflon basins” that have minimum capacity to store groundwater.

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