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. 28, 2019New publication on the effects of frozen soil and fertilizer application on nutrient leaching

    Ecohydrology Group member, Dr. Fereidoun Rezanzhad, is the co-author of a new publication in collaboration with researchers from the University of Waterloo's Geography and Environmental Management department. The paper, titled "Nutrient Leaching in Soil Affected by Fertilizer Application and Frozen Ground", explains the influences of preferential flow on nutrient transport and offers recommendations for the strategic implementation of subsurface placement of fertilizer.

  2. Feb. 26, 2019Ecohydrology researchers host Cold Regions Ecohydrogeology kick-off meeting

    On February 26th, Ecohydrology researchers hosted a successful kick-off meeting for the Cold Regions Ecohydrogeology (COREH) project, supported through the University of Waterloo's International Research Partnership Grants.

  3. Feb. 21, 2019Ecohydrology researchers host workshop on lake research

    Ecohydrology researchers hosted a workshop for University of Waterloo researchers and researchers from the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin, Germany, on Thursday February 21st.

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  1. Mar. 21, 2019PhD Thesis Defense: Md Abdus Sabur

    Interaction of Phosphate and Silicate with Iron Oxides in Freshwater Environments

    Md Abdus Sabur, Ecohydrolgy Research Group

  2. Mar. 21, 2019microTALK - Many Metabolisms of Microbes

    Researchers of the Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research (WCMR) will participate in a panel discussion on the "Many Metabolisms of Microbes".

    Details can be found at:

    Everyone is welcome to attend!

  3. Mar. 22, 2019World Water Day

    World Water Day 2019 - Leaving no one behind: Water for all 

    In celebration of World Water Day, on Friday, March 22nd, the Water Institute will host a full day of activities followed by the Water Institute RBC Distinguished Lecture presented by Bob Rae (Former Premier of Ontario), who will be presenting: "What the challenge of clean water at home and around the world tells us about ourselves, our country, and our planet".

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