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. Aug. 13, 2019New publication evaluating impact of hydrofluoric acid on humic acid properties of organic soils

    Yuki Audette, Chris Parsons, Fereidoun Rezanezhad and Philippe Van Cappellen of the Ecohydrology Research Group and the Water Institute co-authored a paper titled “Impact of hydrofluoric acid treatment on humic acid properties extracted from organic soils and an organic amendment: A technical evaluation”, which was recently published in Soil Science Society of America Journal.

  2. Aug. 6, 2019New paper looks at effects of water repellency on mobility of bacteria in dry soils

    Dr. Fereidoun Rezanezhad (member of the Ecohydrology Research Group and the Water Institute) co-authored a paper titled "Transport, retention, and release of Escherichia coli and Rhodococcus erythropolis through dry natural soils as affected by water repellency", which was recently published in Science of the Total Environment.

  3. July 20, 2019New publication on monitoring microbial dynamics in response to nitrite toxicity in porous media using geophysics

    Near Surface Geophysics now features an open access publication (OnlineOpen:

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  1. Aug. 18 to 23, 2019Goldschmidt Conference 2019

    Register to attend the 2019 Goldschmidt Conference in Barcelona!

  2. Sep. 22 to 27, 201924th International Symposium on Environmental Biogeochemistry

    The International Society for Environmental Biogeochemistry (ISEB) is holding their 24th Symposium in Potsam, Germany, September 22-27, 2019, at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam German Research Centre for Geosciences – GFZ.

  3. Oct. 26, 2019Science Open House

    The annual Sceince Open House will be held on Saturday, October 26th from 10am to 4pm in the Science Teaching Complex (STC) and EIT. This free event is open to the pblic and offer activities for kids to leanr more about science at the Unviersity of Waterloo.

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