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.
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.
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.
Based on the strength of her academic accomplishments, Taylor Maavara is the recipient of a 2017 University of Waterloo “Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies” honour. A total of nine awards – five at the Doctoral level and four at the Master’s level – are presented this year. She will receive the award at Fall convocation on October 20th. CONGRATULATIONS, Taylor!
To guide strategic investments by municipalities to adopt more effective urban stormwater management options, it is required that water managers get insight into the usefulness of a range of solutions in the presence of climate change.
The International Society of Environmental Biogeochemistry is organizing its 23rd biannual Symposium on Environmental Biogeochemistry (ISEB23) in northern Queensland. This is the first time the Symposium is being held in Australia. Philippe Van Cappellen is presenting a talk on anthropogenic perturbations of nutrient cycles in river systems. This coming January, Philippe is taking over as President of the Society.
The Water Institute hosted the Sino-Canada Water Environment Workshop at the University of Waterloo (UW), from September 18th to 20th. The workshop featured a series of research presentations, including one by Ecohydrology Research Group member, Dr. Fereidoun Rezanezhad, who gave a presentation titled Nutrient dynamics, transfer and retention across scales: Integration of hydrological and biogeochemical processes.
Water researchers from Baden-Württemberg, Germany and from various Ontario universities (University of Waterloo, University of Guelph, and University of Toronto), were at the University of Waterloo on September 18th -19th to take part in the Joint Ontario and Baden-Württemberg Water Workshop.
Nutrient pollution has contributed to degraded water quality across many lakes in Canada, and billions of dollars have been invested in helping address this problem. In this critical review, we examined the recycling of phosphorus from sediment to water, known as internal phosphorus loading – a within-lake process that can delay ecosystem recovery from nutrient pollution.