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. Oct. 13, 2017Taylor Maavara recognized for outstanding achievement in graduate studies

    Based on the strength of her academic accomplishments, Taylor Maavara is the recipient of a 2017 University of Waterloo “Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies” honour. A total of nine awards – five at the Doctoral level and four at the Master’s level – are presented this year. She will receive the award at Fall convocation on October 20th. CONGRATULATIONS, Taylor!

  2. Sep. 28, 201723rd International Symposium on Environmental Biogeochemistry, September 25-29, Palm Cove, Australia

    The International Society of Environmental Biogeochemistry is organizing its 23rd biannual Symposium on Environmental Biogeochemistry (ISEB23) in northern Queensland. This is the first time the Symposium is being held in Australia. Philippe Van Cappellen is presenting a talk on anthropogenic perturbations of nutrient cycles in river systems. This coming January, Philippe is taking over as President of the Society.  

  3. Sep. 18, 2017Water Institute hosts Sino-Canada Water Environment Workshop

    The Water Institute hosted the Sino-Canada Water Environment Workshop at the University of Waterloo (UW), from September 18th to 20th. The workshop featured a series of research presentations, including one by Ecohydrology Research Group member, Dr. Fereidoun Rezanezhad, who gave a presentation titled Nutrient dynamics, transfer and retention across scales: Integration of hydrological and biogeochemical processes

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