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. Dec. 6, 2017Christine defends her MSc!

    Christine Ridenour has successfully defended her MSc thesis titled "Biogeochemical Cycling of Nutrient Silicon in a Human-Impacted Large Lake Nearshore Environment (Hamilton Harbour Area of Concern, Lake Ontario, Canada)". Her examination committee members were: Dr. Philippe Van Cappellen, Dr. Chris Parsons, Dr.

  2. Nov. 27, 2017Philippe delivers keynote at the 2nd International Summit on Water Environmental Management in Nanjing

    The 2nd International Summit on Water Environmental Management is taking place in Nanjing, China on November 27, 2017. The Summit brings together international participants from academia, government, and industry and serves as a forum to exchange insights and generate knowledge on sustainable water management and promote international technology cooperation in water.

  3. Nov. 14, 2017Alice Dove gives presentation about water quality of Great Lakes

    The latest Ecohydrology Seminar presentation was given by  Alice Dove, an Environmental Scientist from Environment and Climate Change Canada. Ms. Dove's talk, titled Water Quality in the Great Lakes: A Guided Tour, provided an overview of monitoring programs and water quality trends and issues.  

    Additional information about the water quality of the Great Lakes can be found in the State of the Great Lakes 2017 reports.

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  1. Feb. 2, 2018World Wetlands Day 2018

    Join the Ecohydrology Research Group on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 for the research symposium and public lecture held in celebration of World Wetlands Day! This year's theme is Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future

  2. 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

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