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. Aug. 15, 2017Ecohydrology Group presents research at Goldschmidt 2017 conference in ParisEcohydrology Group members stand for photo at Goldschmidt Conference

    This week, Ecohydrology Group members are presenting their research at the 2017 Goldschmidt conference (August 13-18, 2017) in Paris, France. With more than 4,000 attendees, the Goldschmidt conference is the largest geochemistry meeting in the world.

  2. Aug. 14, 2017LEAP project featured on Pan European Networks

    Learn more about the Waterloo-led, international project, LEAP (Legacies of Agricultural Pollutants: Integrated Assessment of Biophysical and Socioeconomic Controls on Water Quality in Agroecosystems) by visiting the special report on Pan European Networks website (LINK).

  3. July 27, 2017Groundwater workshop brings together researchers from Waterloo and Quintana Roo, MexicoQuintana Roo Researchers and Dr. Chris Parsons

    The Ecohydrology Research Group hosted researchers from the Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán, A.C. (CICY) of Quintana Roo, Mexico, for a 4-day workshop this week, from July 24th to 27th. The purpose of the event was to facilitate collaborative research in the area of nutrient cycling and contaminant transport in the groundwater of Southern Ontario and Quintana Roo. 

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