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. June 15, 2018Linden Receives a rare Scholarship in Graduate Research

    Linden Fairbairn, a Master's student working with the Ecohydrology Research Group, has been awarded a rare Scholarship in Graduate Research for 2018. The scholarship is awarded annually to graduate students in any discipline who are conducting research on the rare Charitable Research Reserve property.

    For more information about the scholarship, please see rare's website.

    Congratulations, Linden!

  2. June 13, 2018The Ecohydrology Research Group signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Dajiang Environment Corporation, China

    This morning, the Ecohydrology Research Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Dajiang Environment Corporation (DEC), China. This MOU will facilitate research activities that are expected to support sustainable watershed management strategies for two watersheds in China (Nanjing Eco Hi-Tech Island and Luoyang Town, Wujin District).

  3. June 6, 2018Kim Van Meter and Mahyar Shafii win awards at the Global Water Futures 2018 Annual Science Meeting

    Kim Van Meter, and Mahyar Shafii, both postdoctoral fellows working with the Ecohydrology Research Group, won the first and second place awards, respectively, for the best presentations given by postdoctoral students at the Global Water Futures 2018 Annual Science Meeting at McMaster University.

    Kim, who is working on the Lake Futures project, gave a talk titled "Biogeochemical Asynchrony", which was presented as part of the Watershed Management and Disturbance session.

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  1. June 17 to 20, 20181st International Conference on Water Security

    The 1st International Conference on Water Security will be held in Toronto, Ontario. The conference complements the launch of Elsevier's new journal on Water Security

    Themes and topics:

    • How do water governance, institutions, aging infrastructure and finance come together to achieve water security in the developed world?
    • The science of integrated water management (smart watersheds, water services, agricultural, energy, minerals and other use systems, environmental flows, legacies, collaborative governance, BMPs)
    • Climate, renewable energy, economic development and demographic change and migration: challenges or opportunities for regional water security. Water security and conflict (either transboundary water cooperation or armed conflict and water)
  2. June 18 to 22, 201861st Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research (IAGLR 2018)

    The 61st Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research, will be held at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Ontario from June 18-22, 2018. The theme for 2018 is Great Science for Tomorrow’s Solutions.

    Abstract submissions for both oral and poster presentations are welcome. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is January 19, 2018. View the Call for Abstracts for details.

    Proposed sessions chaired by University of Waterloo researchers:

  3. June 18, 2018WaterTalk: Modelling River Basins as Coupled Human and Natural Systems

    Join Lovell Endowed Professor Ximing Cai from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as he presents "Modelling River Basins as Coupled Human and Natural Systems" as part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks series.

    For more information about the speaker and the presentation, see the event listing on the Water Institute's website.

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