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.
- Dec. 3, 2019
Ecohydrology PhD student Igor Markelov was part of a team that participated in the ETHWaterloo hackaton that took place in Waterloo on November 8-10, 2019. His team was selected as 1 of 5 winners out of over 60 submissions at the event.
- Nov. 27, 2019
Ecohydrology Research Group member Tamara Van Staden successfully defended her MSc thesis today titled "Phosphorus Legacies and Water Quality Risks: A Vulnerability-Based Framework in Southern Ontario". Tamara completed her MSc research under the supervision of Dr. Philippe Van Cappellen and her advisory committee included Dr. Chris Parsons and Dr. Nandita Basu.
- Nov. 27, 2019
A new publication entitled, “Sulfate Mobility in Fen Peat and Its Impact on the Release of Solutes”, considers the effects of subsidence and seawater intrusion on the decomposition of organic matter in coastal peatlands.
- Dec. 9 to 13, 2019
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) will be holding it's annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California. 2019 marks the centennial year of AGU.
Registration information is available on the AGU2019 website.