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. May 28, 2020Study co-authored by ERG researcher featured in WaterResearch

    A study co-authored by Fereidoun Rezanezhad was recently featured in WaterResearch, a communication that summarizes high impact scientific articles published by researchers of the Water Institute. The paper, titled “Winter CO2 losses shift the Arctic to a carbon source under current and future climates,” was originally published in Nature Climate Change.

  2. May 25, 2020Matthew Ginder-Vogel receives water research award

    Professor Matthew Ginder-Vogel has been named a 2020 Research Award Winner by the Wisconsin Section of the American Water Works Association.

    Matthew Ginder-Vogel is the Principal Investigator of a project in collaboration with the Ecohydrology Research Group on "Particulate organic matter (POM) transport and transformation at the terrestrial-aquatic interface" funded by the US Department of Energy - Biological and Environmental Research.

  3. Apr. 27, 2020Shengde defends his MSc thesis!

    Amid the current pandemic situation prohibiting students and faculty from working on campus, the Ecohydrology Research Group has had its first remote thesis defence. Shengde Yu, a member of the Ecohydrology Research Group, successfully defended his MSc thesis today. His thesis is titled "Modeling Phosphorus Cycling in a Seasonally Stratified Reservoir (Fanshawe Reservoir, Ontario, Canada)". Shengde was supervised by Dr. Philippe Van Cappellen, and the other members of the examination committee included Dr. Chris Parsons (Environment and Climate Change Canada) and Dr.

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