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.
- Nov. 14, 2017
The latest Ecohydrology Seminar presentation was given by Alice Dove, an Environmental Scientist from Environment and Climate Change Canada. Ms. Dove's talk, titled Water Quality in the Great Lakes: A Guided Tour, provided an overview of monitoring programs and water quality trends and issues.
Additional information about the water quality of the Great Lakes can be found in the State of the Great Lakes 2017 reports.
- Nov. 8, 2017
A chapter written by Ecohydrology Research Group members Helen Powley and Philippe Van Cappellen and their colleague Michael Krom, from the University of Haifa and University of Leeds, reviews the unique biogeochemistry of the Mediterranean Sea. In particular, the authors address why the Mediterranean Sea, a nearly entirely landlocked marine basin, has remained oligotrophic despite large anthropogenic inputs of the nutrient elements phosphorus and nitrogen.
- Oct. 25, 2017
Elaine Secord has successfully defended her MSc thesis titled “Assessing Microbial Viability and Biodegradation Capabilities in Sandstone”. She completed her MSc with the Ecohydrology Research Group, at the University of Waterloo.