Thursday, May 19, 2022

Ecohydrology Research Group Attended GWF 2022

Members of Ecohydrology Research Group attended the Global Water Futures 2022 Annual Open Science Meeting (GWF ASM) virtual conference on May 16th – 18th 2022! 

Day 2 Parallel Scientific Sessions:

Water quality – General

Presentation from:

Tia Jenkins: Where are the Microplastics Data to Support Water Quality Management and Environmental Policy?

Featuring a lightning talk from Serghei Bocaniov

Water Quality – Nutrients

Presentations from:

Friday, May 13, 2022

Writing workshop for Urban Ecohydrology

Urban Writing Workshop

To accelerate the output from the urban ecohydrology research activities in ERG, we are holding a three-day writing bootcamp at St. Paul’s University College on May 11-13. The participants include Philippe, Fereidoun, Mahyar, Steph, Sarah, Sabur, Yuba, Bowen, Jovana, and Ari. A total of 9 manuscripts are being assembled. While most of the time is devoted to writing, we also critically review each other’s work. Day 1 was devoted to abstracts and conclusions of the manuscripts, Day 2 to the discussion sections and Day 3 to results and introductions.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

First Ecohydrology Seminar of 2022 held in-person

Today, we held our first in-person research seminar since the start of the pandemic. About 40 people gathered to hear Dr. Lewis Alcott present his seminar entitled “Phosphorus and climate through time and sampling uncertainties in the past and present”. Dr. Alcott is currently a Hutchinson Environmental Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University working on the characterization and implications of the spatial and temporal variability of GHG sources. He holds a PhD degree from the University of Leeds.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Philippe presents at the 9th International Conference on Water Resources and Environment Research

This year’s theme of the 9th International Conference on Water Resources and Environment Research (ICWRER) is Bridging the Gaps of Interdisciplinary Sustainability for Complex Water and Environmental Systems. The Conference was held virtually on April25 to 27. Philippe gave an invited talk in the session on Eco-water Security and Smart Water Management in Large River Basins, chaired by Profs. Jun Xia and Gangsheng Wang. The topic of the talk was Biogeochemical Impacts of River Damming: Lessons Learned and Implications for Watershed Management.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

New paper examines agricultural phosphorus surpluses in Ontario

A new paper reconstructs the agricultural phosphorus (P) inputs across the province of Ontario since the 1960s. The first author of the paper, entitled Agricultural phosphorus surplus trajectories for Ontario, Canada (1961-2916), and erosional export risk, is former ERG MSc student Tamara Van Staden. Co-authors include the ERG members Chris Parsons, Zahra Akbarzadeh, and Philippe Van Cappellen, as well as their colleagues Kim Van Meter and Nandita Basu.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Philippe Van Cappellen wins prestigious Canadian Geophysical Union Medal

Philippe Van Cappellen has been awarded the J. Tuzo Wilson Medal, the Canadian Geophysical Union's (CGU) greatest honour! Congratulations Philippe!

Check out the press release here: https://uwaterloo.ca/water-institute/news/philippe-van-cappellen-wins-prestigious-canadian-geophysical

Sunday, March 20, 2022

New paper analyzes the effects of flavins and siderophores on the oxidation of ferrous iron by molecular oxygen

The oxidation of Fe(II) plays an important role in the biogeochemical cycling of redox-sensitive elements and the fate and transport of pollutants in subsurface environments. In a joint study by researchers from ERG and China University of Geosciences, the kinetics of aqueous Fe(II) oxidation by O2 were measured at variable pH in the presence of riboflavin and desferrioxamine B as representative flavins and siderophores, respectively. The study closes important gaps in our understanding of the reaction mechanisms involved.

Monday, February 28, 2022

The definition of the non-growing season matters. A new paper by Arash, Eunji, Fereidoun and Philippe published in Environmental Research Communications

A Letter article by Ecohydrology members Arash Rafat, Eunji Byun, Fereidoun Rezanezhad and Philippe Van Cappellen was published in Environmental Research Communications journal! In this study, the impact of alternative definitions of the non-growing season (NGS) for a peatland site with multiple years of CO2 flux records was analysed with defining three NGS climatic parameters: air temperature, soil temperature, and snow cover.

Sunday, February 20, 2022

New paper assesses phosphorus retention by Fanshawe Dam on the Thames River, Ontario

Phosphorus (P) retention in Fanshawe Reservoir was evaluated based on a two-year intensive sampling of water chemistry. The Fanshawe Dam is located on the Thames River, the largest Canadian tributary source of P to the western basin of Lake Erie.  The results indicate that Fanshawe Reservoir reduces the total river P load by as much as 47%. The reservoir, however, is not only an important P sink on the Thames River, but also modulates the seasonal variability and chemical speciation of the river’s P load.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

New paper in Nature Geoscience discusses key steps to address nitrogen pollution and improve water quality.

A study led by Prof. Nandita Basu published in Nature Geoscience provides a roadmap for scientists, policymakers, and the public to overcome the challenges associated with agricultural nitrogen legacies that delay improvements to water quality. While we now have a much better theoretical understanding of the accumulation and fate of nitrogen legacies in agricultural landscapes, there is an urgent need for more systematic measurements and monitoring to effectively support water quality policies.

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