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. July 18, 2017UW Researchers attend Ecohydrology Workshop in Wuhan, ChinaAttendees of the CUG-UW Workshop on Ecohydrology in Wuhan, China

    University of Waterloo (UW) researchers, Dr. Philippe Van Cappellen (Ecohydrology Research Group), Dr. Shuhuan Li (Ecohydrology Research Group), and Dr. Roy Brouwer (Water Institute) met with researchers from the China University of Geosciences (CUG) in Wuhan, China to take part in the CUG-UW Workshop on Ecohydrology.

  2. June 26, 2017Taylor defends her PhD!Taylor Maavara with PhD examination committee

    Taylor Maavara has successfully defended her PhD thesis titled “Perturbations to Nutrient and Carbon Cycles by River Damming”. Taylor completed her PhD with the Ecohydrology Research Group, at the University of Waterloo.

  3. June 14, 2017Linden Fairbairn to receive J.R. Matthews Memorial Prize in Biology

    Linden Fairbairn, a current research assistant and future MSc student with the Ecohydrology Research Group, is the recipient of this year’s J.R. Matthews Memorial Prize in Biology! The prize is awarded to the student who graduates from Honours Biology or Biochemistry with the highest overall average in third- and fourth-year courses.

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