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. Nov. 18, 2020Lu defends her PhD thesis!
    Lu Huang Virtual PhD Defence

    Ecohydrology group PhD candidate Lu Huang successfully defended her PhD thesis on November 18, 2020. Her thesis is titled "Mechanisms controlling the recycling of nutrient silicon in freshwater sediments: An experimental study of theinteractions between silicon, iron and phosphorus". Lu was supervised by Drs. Philippe Van Cappellen and Chris Parsons (Environment and Climate Change Canada), and the committee consisted of Drs.

  2. Nov. 6, 2020New paper co-authored by ERG researchers published in Frontiers in Environmental Chemistry

    Bingjie Shi, Stephane Ngueleu, Fereidoun Rezanezhad, Stephanie Slowinski, Geertje Johanna Pronk, Christina Smeaton, and Philippe Van Cappellen of the Ecohydrology Research Group co-authored a paper titled “Sorption and Desorption of the Model Aromatic Hydrocarbons Naphthalene and Benzene: Effects of Temperature and Soil Composition”, which was recently published in Frontiers in Environmental Chemistry.

  3. Oct. 26, 2020ERG Data Management Plan released as exemplar by Portage Network

    The Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ Portage Network has released 9 Exemplar data management plan (DMPs). Among exemplar DMPs is the Data Management Plan for the Ecohydrology Research Group, the first for the University of Waterloo that is publicly available.

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