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. 8, 2018Ecohydrology Researchers Participate in 10th Canadian Science Policy Conference

    Philippe Van Cappellen (Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate in Ecohydrology) participated as a panellist on Thursday, November 8th, in a session on "Water at the science-policy interface: Challenges and opportunities for Canada" at the 10th annual Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC).

  2. Oct. 24, 2018Ecohydrology researchers attend the 3rd Singapore-Nanjing Eco HiTech International Water Environment Management Summit

    The 3rd Singapore-Nanjing Eco Hi-Tech International Water Environment Management Summit was held on October 22-23, 2018, in Nanjing China. On Monday, October 22nd, Philippe Van Cappellen gave a plenary lecture entitled "From Integrated Water Management to Adaptive Water Management". Philippe also chaired the "Smart Water Environment Workshop" on Tuesday, October 23rd.

  3. Oct. 18, 2018Ecohydrology Seminar Series: Dr. Lakshika Girihagama

    This morning, Dr. Lakshika Girihagama from the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough, presented a talk titled "Physical circulation in the coastal zone of a large lake controls the benthic biological distribution" as part of the Ecohydrology Seminar Series. Thank you to Dr. Girihagama for the excellent talk!

    For more information about the presentation, please see the event listing.

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