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.
- July 17, 2020
Yuki Audette, Chris Parsons, Fereidoun Rezanezhad and Phillippe Van Cappellen of the Ecohydrology Research Group co-authored a paper titled “Phosphorus binding to soil organic matter via ternary complexes with calcium”, which was recently published in Chemosphere.
- June 16, 2020
A recent paper co-authored by Ecohydrology Research Group members has been featured in the latest edition of CSA News, the magazine of the Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, and American Society of Agronomy. The feature, titled “Carbon Cycling in Periodically Waterlogged Soils”, presents highlights of an experiment studying the effects of a fluctuating water table on organic matter dynamics in soil columns.
- June 15, 2020
The prevalence of Urinary Stone Disease (USD) or urolithiasis has been increasing over the past few decades. In this new paper published in Science of the Total Environment an international team from China University of Geosciences, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Ecohydrology Research Group present evidence that the spatial distribution of USD can be explained to a large degree by geo-environmental conditions, including lithology, water chemistry and climate.