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 18, 2018Linden Receives Canadian Water Resources Association Scholarship Award

    Linden Fairbairn, a Master's student working with the Ecohydrology Research Group, was recently awarded the Canadian Water Resources Association Scholarship Award for 2018. The scholarship is awarded annually to five graduate students across Canada whose research centers around water research. Congratulations, Linden!

    For more information about the scholarship, please visit the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) website.

  2. Apr. 26, 2018Geertje and Homa Named as Recipients of the Water Institute Seed Grant Competition

    Last Thursday, the recipients of the Winter 2018 Water Institute Seed Grants were announced. The winners of the grants include two projects led by Ecohydrology group members:

    • Homa Kheyrollah Pour, Earth and Environmental Sciences; Philippe Van Cappellen, Earth and Environmental Sciences; Roland Hall, Biology; Andrea Scott, Systems Design Engineering; Georgiy Kitillin, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

  3. Apr. 25, 2018Philippe comments on new study on microplastics in the Arctic

    A paper published this week in Nature Communications by researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute presents new findings on the distribution of microplastics in Arctic sea ice. The paper is featured in an article in the magazine Popular Science and includes comments by Dr. Philippe Van Cappellen.

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  1. May 24, 2018WaterTalk: What lies beneath: Internal waves in the nearshore coastal environment

    Join Professor Ryan Walter from California Polytechnic State University as he presents, "What lies beneath: Internal waves in the nearshore coastal environment" as part of the Water Institute's WaterTalk lecture series.

    For more information about the speaker and the presentation, visit the Water Institute's page.

  2. May 29, 2018Ecohydrology Seminar Series: Linking Surface N2O Flux to Soil Processes in Cold Climates by Dr. Claudia Wagner-Riddle

    Dr. Claudia Wagner-Riddle from the University of Guelph will be presenting a talk as part of the Ecohydrology Seminar Series on May 29th.

  3. June 10 to 14, 20182018 Canadian Geophysical Union Joint Meeting

    The 2018 Canadian Geophysical Union Joint Meeting is being held in Niagara Falls from June 10th to 14th. Members from the Ecohydrology Research Group are presenting two sessions at the conference:

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