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.

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  1. Apr. 12, 2021New paper co-authored by ERG researchers published in Science of the Total Environment

    A new paper in Science of the Total Environment co-authored by Ecohydrology Research Group members Dr. Fereidoun Rezanezhad and Dr. Colin McCarter presents the understanding of how wildfires can alter the flux and storage of water within a peat plateau, and how these hydrological changes in addition to other fire-induced physical changes affect the flux of water and solute from the plateau to downslope ecosystems. 

  2. Apr. 6, 2021Ecohydrology group students awarded NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships

    Two current Ecohydrology Research Group undergraduate students have been awarded NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships for their upcoming Masters research. Research Assistant Arash Rafat and Undergraduate Thesis Student Jane Ye are currently in the final year of their undergraduate programs and have been awarded the scholarships for their Masters starting in September 2021.

  3. Mar. 11, 2021Overview of water quality modeling activities within Global Water Futures

    As part of Global Water Futures Core Modeling and Forecasting Team’s webinar series, Philippe presented an overview of water quality modeling activities within the team.

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