Fereidoun Rezanezhad

Assistant Professor

Picture of Fereidoun RezanezhadAssociate Editor:

  • Journal of Hydrology
  • Canadian Journal of Soil Science
  • Mires and Peat

Academic Editor: PLOS ONE

Chair of Canadian Representative to the IAHS Commission on Water Quality

Mercator Fellow in Baltic TRANSCOAST Research Training Group

Co-op Program Coordinator of the Ecohydrology Research Group

My research broadly focuses on the response of soil processes to climate change and on understanding the fundamental mechanisms controlling subsurface hydro-geochemistry, from both physical and applied perspectives. The scale of my research ranges from detailed examination of hydrological dynamics and biogeochemical pathways to watershed and landscape studies. I have extensive field experience in wetland ecosystems, monitoring water levels, soil and water quality, as well as contaminant, nutrient, and greenhouse gas fluxes. I have recently developed and implemented novel techniques in the lab, including automated water table fluctuating soil column system, automated freeze-thaw cycle soil column system, an automated flow injection switch-box, different pore water sampling devices, and high resolution electrochemistry sensors, for innovative research projects, which will allow to advance my research by upscaling the bench scale systems for validating and accurately addressing physical and chemical heterogeneity at multiple spatial scales and to develop models of hydro-geochemical processes. I collaborate extensively with various levels of government, and academic and industrial partners to conduct research and in an advisory capacity. Since 2014, I have been a PI or co-PI and collaborator on grants totalling more than $9.8M from a diversity of funding sources, including NSERC, CFI, Global Water Futures, Qatar National Research Fund and others.

My current research areas include studies on:

  • Hydrogeochemical processes of aquatic-terrestrial interfaces
  • Biogeochemical cycles of nutrients
  • Terrestrial ecosystem processes
  • Groundwater-surface water interactions
  • Hydrological and biogeochemical processes of peatlands and wetlands
  • Seasonal freeze/thaw dynamics
  • CO2, N2O and CH4 production and fluxes
  • Flow and transport in porous media (particularly in complex dual-porosity)
  • HydroBioGeoPhysics: Geophysical methods to assess subsurface biogeochemical processes
  • Reactive Interfaces in Agroecosystem

Curriculum Vitae


Office: EIT 2006

Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 31328

E-mail: frezanez@uwaterloo.ca

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