Research Associate & GWF Core Modeller

Mehdi GharasooMy primary research interests lie at the intersection of Environmental, Earth, and Computational sciences, and more specifically involve developing and employing computational tools for modeling the spatio-temporal dynamics of biogeochemical/ecohydrological processes at the soil-water interfaces inside the vadose and groundwater zones. As a computational analyst, I use modeling as a tool for mechanistic understanding of the underlying mechanisms in an environmental or experimental system. As a result, my research is a mixture of pure computational analysis and environmentally-related projects which relate and employ the computer models, and more explicitly includes (but not limited to) the following:

  • Geomicrobial and biochemical processes in groundwater
  • Spatially-resolved numerical models (FVM, FEM, Pore networks, etc.)
  • Fate and the transport of contaminants inside subsurface environments
  • Fluid flow and reactive transport in saturated and unsaturated porous media
  • Interactions between fluid and soil matrix
  • Compound specific isotope analysis (CSIA)
  • Global sensitivity and uncertainty analyses
  • Parameter estimation and optimization

So far, I have been involved in the following externally funded projects as a computational analyst:

- RAISEBIO at UFZ - Helmholtz center for environmental research, Leipzig, Germany (funded by Marie Curie Early Stage Training)

- SUGAR at Geomar - Helmholtz center for ocean research, Kiel, Germany (funded by German Ministry of Economy)

- MICRODEGRADE at Institute for Groundwater Ecology, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, Munich, Germany (funded by European Research Council)


Office: PHY 3018

Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 30018


University of Waterloo

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