News archive - April 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020

Shengde defends his MSc thesis!

Amid the current pandemic situation prohibiting students and faculty from working on campus, the Ecohydrology Research Group has had its first remote thesis defence. Shengde Yu, a member of the Ecohydrology Research Group, successfully defended his MSc thesis today. His thesis is titled "Modeling Phosphorus Cycling in a Seasonally Stratified Reservoir (Fanshawe Reservoir, Ontario, Canada)". Shengde was supervised by Dr. Philippe Van Cappellen, and the other members of the examination committee included Dr. Chris Parsons (Environment and Climate Change Canada) and Dr.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

New publication on microbial activity and carbon turnover in soils undergoing periodic water table fluctuations

Vadose Zone Journal now features an open access publication by researchers Geertje Pronk, Adrian Mellage, Tatjana Milojevic, Christina Smeaton, Katja Engel, Josh Neufeld, Fereidoun Rezanezhad and Philippe Van Cappellen. The study found that water table fluctuations in soil environments result in localized enhancement of aerobic organic carbon degradation, yielding pulses of carbon dioxide effluxes, driven by a more active, rather than more abundant or compositionally more diverse microbial community.

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