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. Sep. 13, 2017Chris Parsons co-authored new review paper on internal phosphorus loading in Canadian fresh waters

    Nutrient pollution has contributed to degraded water quality across many lakes in Canada, and billions of dollars have been invested in helping address this problem. In this critical review, we examined the recycling of phosphorus from sediment to water, known as internal phosphorus loading  – a within-lake process that can delay ecosystem recovery from nutrient pollution.

  2. Sep. 7, 2017David Blowes elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

    The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced this year's new Fellows. We are very pleased that our colleague, Dr. David Blowes, is among them. Here is RSC's citation:

    "BLOWES, David – Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo

  3. Aug. 15, 2017Ecohydrology Group presents research at Goldschmidt 2017 conference in ParisEcohydrology Group members stand for photo at Goldschmidt Conference

    This week, Ecohydrology Group members are presenting their research at the 2017 Goldschmidt conference (August 13-18, 2017) in Paris, France. With more than 4,000 attendees, the Goldschmidt conference is the largest geochemistry meeting in the world.

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