9th Annual World Wetlands Day Research Symposium at the University of Waterloo

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Our 9th annual World Wetlands Day Research Symposium will be held Tuesday, February 2, 2021 in a virtual format. The event will feature research talks in the afternoon by speakers from the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and McMaster University. In the evening, the Ecohydrology Research Group will co-host a virtual public event with the Waterloo Public Library featuring a Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Rebecca Rooney, Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo. A panel discussion featuring local wetland experts and policy makers will follow Dr. Rooney's lecture.

Please note: separate registration is required for the afternoon and evening sessions.

To register for the afternoon research talks (2:30pm-4:00pm EST), click here.

To register for the evening lecture and panel discussion (7:00pm-8:15pm EST), click here.

Research Talks

2:30pm-4:00pm EST

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Owen Sutton, University of Waterloo

Modelling the hydrochemical trajectory of a constructed fen watershed: Implications for landscape-scale wetland reclamation

Kristine Haynes, Wilfrid Laurier University

Wetland transition in thawing discontinuous permafrost: The role of hummocks and the hydrology of treed wetlands

Heather Townsend, University of Waterloo

Anammox may reduce methane emissions from wetland soils during the winter

Fred Cheng, University of Waterloo

Managing wetlandscapes: Restoring and protecting wetlands to maximize nitrate removal across the US

Paul Moore, McMaster University

Survival of the Deepest: Peat depth as a control on peatland moisture stress and burn severity

World Wetlands Day 2021 Distinguished Lecture & Panel Discussion

7:00pm-8:15pm EST | Co-hosted with Waterloo Public Library

Please note: This event is open to everyone and a library card is not needed to register.

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Distinguished Lecture


Dr. Rebecca Rooney, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo

"Wetland loss when we know better."

Wetland ecologist and professor of Biology, Dr. Rebecca Rooney, has studied peatlands and marshes across Canada for nearly two decades, and knows well their gifts.  What she finds perplexing is that despite overwhelming evidence of their importance for our health and prosperity, we continue to lose wetlands. Join us for World Wetlands Day, as Dr. Rooney describes some of those gifts and poses a challenging question “why are we still losing wetlands and how do we stop?”

Panel Discussion


"How do we as a society protect our wetlands?"

  • Mike Schreiner, MPP for Guelph, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario and first Green MPP elected to the Ontario Legislature
  • Natalia Moudrak, Director of Climate Resilience at the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation
  • Brad Stephens, Senior Manager, Planning Ecology at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
  • Chief Dave Mowat, Alderville First Nation

About World Wetlands Day

February 2nd is World Wetlands Day, 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: https://www.ramsar.org/.