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. 18, 2018New publication on bioenergetics-based prediction of microbial growth yields

    In a new open access article published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, ERG group members Christina Smeaton and Philippe Van Cappellen derive and validate a new bioenergetics-based method to predict microbial growth yields.

  2. Sep. 10, 2018Gabriel defends his thesis!

    Gabriel Bacca has successfully defended his PhD thesis, titled "Coupling Reactive Transport and Travel Time Modeling at Watershed Scale". Gabriel completed his PhD with the Ecohydrology Research Group, at the University of Waterloo. The members of his examination committee were Dr. Philippe Van Cappellen, Dr. David Rudolph, Dr. James Craig, and Dr. Fereidoun Rezanezhad.

  3. Sep. 5, 2018New publication by Ecohydrology Researcher in Science of the Total Environment

    A new paper, co-authored by Drs. Fereidoun Rezanezhad and Philippe Van Cappellen has been published in Science of the Total Environment. The article, titled "Effects of freezing and thawing on water infiltration, soil structure, and nutrient removal", was written in collaboration with Brenden Ding, Behrad Gharedaghloo, and Dr. Elodie Passeport. The paper assesses the effects of freezing and thawing cycles on bioretention processes, which has implications for how bioretention cells can be used to mitigate nutrient pollution in cold climates.

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  1. Sep. 18, 2018 PhD Thesis Defence: Tariq AZIZ

    Watershed Ecosystem Services: Linking Economic Valuation and Ecohydrology

  2. Sep. 20, 2018PhD Thesis Defence: Bingjie SHI

    Tracing Redox cycles during Microbe Clay Interactions Using Stables Iron Isotopes

  3. Sep. 20, 2018Ecohydrology Seminar Series: Dr. Eric Roden

    Join Dr. Eric Roden, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as he presents "Extracellular electron transfer (EET) in the critical zone: biological redox transformation of insoluble Fe-bearing minerals in soil and sedimentary environments".

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