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. Feb. 19, 2021Konrad defends his MSc thesis!
    Konrad Krogstad MSc Defence

    Ecohydrology group MSc student Konrad Krogstad successfully defended his thesis on February 19, 2021 in a virtual defence. Konrad's thesis is titled "Impact of Winter Soil Processes on Nutrient Leaching in Cold Region Agroecosystems." His research was supported by the GWF-funded project Winter Soil Process in Transition. Konrad was supervised by Drs. Fereidoun Rezanezhad and Philippe Van Cappellen (both from Earth and Environmental Sciences), and the committee included Drs. Laura Hug (Department of Biology) and Dave Rudolph (Earth and Environmental Sciences).

  2. Jan. 22, 2021New paper co-authored by ERG researchers published in Science of the Total Environment

    Ecohydrology Research Group members Dr. Philippe Van Cappellen, Dr. Fereidoun Rezanezhad, and Dr. Adrian Mellage co-authored a new paper that was recently published in Science of the Total Environment. The paper presents the results from flow-through experiments where Spectral Induced Polarization (SIP) was successfully implemented to monitor transport of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles (CoFe-NPs) coated with Pluronic, anamphiphilic polymer through natural aquifer sand-packed columns.

  3. Jan. 21, 2021Heather defends her MSc thesis!
    Heather Townsend MSc Defence

    Ecohydrology group MSc student Heather Townsend successfully defended her thesis on January 21, 2021 in a virtual defence. Heather's thesis is titled "Environmental sensitivities of coupled biogeochemical cycles in anoxic conditions: from soil batch experiments to a bioenergetics approach." 

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