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. Jan. 23, 2019New publication on nitrous oxide emissions from inland waters revises existing IPCC estimates

    Nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from inland waters remain a major source of uncertainty in global greenhouse gas budgets. In the paper published in the journal Global Change Biology a novel mechanistic modeling approach is presented to explicitly predict the N2O production and emissions via nitrification and denitrification in rivers, reservoirs, and estuaries. The global inland water N2O emissions estimated with this approach are 10-20 Gmol per year, with reservoirs releasing the most N2O per unit surface area.

  2. Jan. 17, 2019Philippe, Fereidoun and Stephane visit Qatar University

    The Ecohydrology Research Group (ERG) and Qatar University are collaborating on a project to study the fate of petroleum-derived hydrocarbons in coastal aquifers of arid regions.

  3. Jan. 16, 2019Ecohydrology Researchers featured in Water Institute News

    Ecohydrology Research Group members, Dr. Fereidoun Rezanezhad and Kondrad Krogstad, together with Grant Jensen from Waterloo's Department of Biology, are featured in a news article presented by the Water Institute

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  1. Jan. 24, 2019University of Waterloo Research Talks

    Unearthing Ancient Environments with Microbes 

    A panel presentation and discussion for Waterloo faculty, staff, and students exploring the evolution of microbes

  2. Jan. 24, 2019Water Institute WaterTalk

    Building adaptive capacity for water management - the role of knowledge and power

    On Thursday, January 24th, 2019, the Water Institute will host Dr. Maria Carmen Lemos

  3. Jan. 25, 2019Earth Science Department Seminar

    Vital signs in the low energy microbial world: linking physiology to ecosystem function


    Dr. Jacqueline Goordial
    Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
    East Boothbay, Maine

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