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. Sep. 18, 2020ERG research on the effect of river damming on nutrient ratios featured in EOS

    The paper Global Dam‐Driven Changes to Riverine N:P:Si Ratios Delivered to the Coastal Ocean published in Geophysical Research Letters was selected as a Research Spotlight by AGU’s weekly magazine EOS.

  2. Sep. 16, 2020Ecohydrology group hosts virtual annual meeting with Winter Carbon Losses in Wetlands project collaborators
    Annual project meeting for ACCS project led by Ecohydrology Research Group

    The annual meeting for a research project funded by NSERC’s Advancing Climate Change Science in Canada program and led by the University of Waterloo’s Ecohydrology Research Group was held virtually on September 16, 2020. The project, titled “Winter Carbon Losses in Wetland Ecosystems under Current and Future Climates,” includes researchers and collaborators from Laurentian University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Grenfell Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Natural Resources Canada.

  3. Sep. 10, 2020ERG hosts industry partner and collaborators at virtual annual meeting for CRD-funded project

    The annual meeting for a Collaborative Research and Development project led by the Ecohydrology Research Group was held on September 10, 2020. The project, titled “Elucidating the biogeochemical processes controlling natural source zone depletion (NSZD) of petroleum hydrocarbons in contaminated soils under dynamic redox conditions,” is funded by an award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and in partnership with Imperial Oil Limited for 3 years (2019-2022).

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