World Wetlands Day 2024

World Wetlands Day; 2 February 2024; Wetlands and Human Wellbeing. Graphic of a leaf with various wildlife associated with wetlands.

12th Annual World Wetlands Day at the University of Waterloo

About World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day (WWD) is celebrated each year on February 2nd, which marks the day when the Convention on Wetlands was adopted in 1971 in Ramsar, Iran. The Convention is an international government agreement acknowledging the importance of wetlands and plays a central role in the wise use and conservation of these critical ecosystems. To learn more about the Convention, visit:

World Wetlands Day 2024 Poster Session and General Registration

The University of Waterloo’s WWD event will be held in person in the EIT Foyer on Friday, February 2nd, 2024 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm EST.

The event will consist of a poster session and reception followed by a distinguished lecture by Dr. Andrea Kirkwood, entitled:

"The Value of Urban Wetlands"

from 6-7 pm in EIT 1015. The distinguished lecture will also be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person.

Prizes will be awarded to the best undergraduate and graduate posters.

We ask both poster presenters and attendees not presenting a poster to register to help us plan for the number of people attending.

Registration for this event is now closed. Thank you for your interest!

Andrea Kirkwood

"The Value of Urban Wetlands"

Andrea Kirkwood completed a joint-honors degree in Environment and Resource Studies & Biology at the University of Waterloo, a master's degree in aquatic Ecology at McMaster University, and a doctoral degree in Environmental Microbiology at the University of Toronto. Andrea conducted postdoctoral studies at Oklahoma State University and the University of Calgary prior to joining the Faculty of Science at Ontario Tech University. Andrea currently holds a Research Excellence Chair in Urban Water and is a professor in the Biological Science (undergraduate) and Applied Bioscience (graduate) programs. In addition to research and teaching, Andrea is actively involved in community-based environmental stewardship initiatives. 

Organizing Committee

Philippe Van Cappellen, Maria Strack, Fereidoun Rezanezhad, Rebecca Rooney, Stephanie Slowinski, Victoria Van Cappellen, Bhaleka Persaud, and Kayla Martin 

Special thank you to the Science Outreach and the Water Institute for promoting the event.

Poster presentations

Amy Lacey - Investigating spatio-temporal patterns of contaminant deposition at ponds in the whooping crane nesting region (wood buffalo national park)  

Amber Buston-White - Permafrost thaw induced changes to moisture distribution in subarctic peatlands

Katie Hettinga - Comparing seasonal fluxes of carbon dioxide in Canadian peatlands: emphasizing the importance of reporting in the non-growing season

Yinghao Song - The opportunities and challenges for pescatourism in Shizuoka and Miyagi prefectures in coastal Japan

Tyler Hampton - Using remote sensing to quantify wetland restoration potential in the prairie pothole region

Meredith Watson - Microplastics time trends in the grand river watershed

Amir Reshadi - Modeling of microplastic emission, transport, and retention in urban stormwater ponds

Oluwabamise Afolabi - Carbon cycle feedback of temperate forested wetlands under a changing climate

Samuel Abalansa - What is the fate of small-scale fisheries in the plasticene era

Jordan Li - Characterizing CH4 dynamics from small, restored wetlands in agricultural landscapes

Arisha Imran - Characterizing the importance of snowmelt on water balance of lakes in a northern freshwater delta

Xiaochuang Bu - Spatiotemporal dynamics of hydrogen peroxide in the hydrological-biogeochemical framework of riparian zones

Mackenize Ross - A review of at-risk turtle habitat selection and movement within Grundy Lake provincial park

Jordan Thakar - Mineral dusts shift bog chemistry, microbial community structure, and function- with implications for peat carbon fluxes.

Prince Joseph Amoah Agyapong - Transitioning from vulnerability to viability: adaptive responses to mining in Ankobra river small-scale fishery communities, Ghana.

Sheridan Hill - Field testing the oxygen isotope composition of sediment carbonate in the whooping crane nesting region to reconstruct pond water balance

Maryam Bayatvarkeshi - Influence of seismic lines on boreal ecosystem evapotranspiration

Harper Schmalz - Stormwater management pond function at cold temperatures

Rockwell Art Supplies - Wetlands action plan!

Serghei Bocaniov - Re-eutrophication of Lake Erie and its possible drivers: an insight from a phosphorus mass-balance model

Kasope Okubadejo - A web-based watershed delineation tool and its application to delineate 24,000 watersheds across Canada

Greeshma Prakash Sherly - Assessing the resilience of small-scale fishers in the face of climate change disasters

Jersey Allyson Fontz - Enhancing biotic resistance with native seed treatments

Md Abdus Sabur - Carbon budget of an urban stormwater pond: importance of riparian vegetation

Md Abdus Sabur - Constructing a hydrological model of streams in the GTA and calculating nutrient (p and N) loads for these streams

Emma Wegener - The role of peatland type in the return to pre-burn carbon cycling

Rachel Mcnamee - Microplastic accumulation in biofilm

Mitchell Elstone - Assessing water quality and stormwater management pond function over one year

Murray Lister - Collaborative management within small-scale fisheries

Christina Bao - Assessing changes in peatland plant community functions following seismic line disturbance

Erin Griffiths - Enzymatic degradation of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) using hic cutinase

Mackenzie Jones - Water, wildlife and the world: A synthesis of trends in wildlife ecohydrology research.

Laura Anderson - Paleolimnological assessment of climate-driven changes in shallow ponds within the whooping crane nesting region, NWT Canada.

Nazia Tabassum - Impacts of linear disturbances on Canadian wetlands

Danielle Green - Quantifying and characterizing the biodegradability of dissolved organic carbon in freshwater systems: A method evaluation study