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.
- June 16, 2020
A recent paper co-authored by Ecohydrology Research Group members has been featured in the latest edition of CSA News, the magazine of the Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, and American Society of Agronomy. The feature, titled “Carbon Cycling in Periodically Waterlogged Soils”, presents highlights of an experiment studying the effects of a fluctuating water table on organic matter dynamics in soil columns.
- June 11, 2020
A new paper in Earth-Science Reviews, co-authored by Ecohydrology Research Group members Colin McCarter, Fereidoun Rezanezhad, and Philippe Van Cappellen reviews the role of pore structure on the hydrological and (bio)geochemical processes governing peat and peatlands.
- May 29, 2020
A new editorial co-authored by Ecohydrology researcher Fereidoun Rezanezhad, along with collaborators Colin McCarter and Bernd Lennartz, was recently published in Frontiers in Environmental Science. The editorial is a summary of the Research Topic “Wetland Biogeochemistry: Response to Environmental Change.”