About the Ecohydrology Research Group

Ecohydrology at Waterloo

The research program in ecohydrology is motivated by the need for science-based approaches to evaluate and predict the ecological impacts of the use of water resources by humans (see our Mission Statement.) Our research team therefore provides a natural rallying point for the wide range of expertise and strengths in the areas of water science, technology and policy present at the University of Waterloo (see The Water Institute).

The collaborative research program in ecohydrology specifically aims to

  • determine the pathways and rates of biogeochemical processes that control the fluxes of nutrients, greenhouse gases and contaminants across the interfaces separating groundwater from surface water bodies,
  • model the coupling of hydrological, geochemical, ecological and biological processes at these interfaces, and
  • assess the implications of interactions between groundwater and surface water for ecosystem health, water quality and environmental management along the aquatic continuum, from headwaters to the coastal zone.

The Canada Excellence Research Chair program in ecohydrology officially started on June 2011. The team leader, Dr. Philippe Van Cappellen, brings a longstanding interdisciplinary and international experience to the program. The team is fully committed to building new bridges between the traditional scientific fields of hydrology, geology and ecology.

Please see video below for more information on the Canada Excellence Research Chair program. French version available