Nutrient pollution from excess fertilizer use threatens water quality around the world. Wetlands, lakes and reservoirs can limit the movement of these nutrients to downstream waterways, protecting their water quality. But, little is known about how their size influences their ability to retain these nutrients.
Igor Markelov, Lake Futures PhD candidate, successfully defended his PhD thesis titled ‘Internal Loading in Lakes and Reservoirs’, with interest in bioenergetics of redox gradient zones and biogeochemical cycling. Igor completed his work in the Ecohydrology Research group under the supervision of Philippe Van Cappellen.
Tamara Van Staden, Lake Futures student, successfully defended her MSc thesis today titled "Phosphorus Legacies and Water Quality Risks: A Vulnerability-Based Framework in Southern Ontario". Tamara completed her MSc research under the supervision of Philippe Van Cappellen and her advisory committee, Nandita Basu and Chris Parsons.
A perspective paper published in the journal Freshwater Science, co-authored by Lake Futures researchers Philippe Van Cappellen, Chris Wellen and Mohamed Mohamed, outlines the main knowledge gaps and uncertainties facing the remediation of eutrophication and associated harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.
Lake Futures members attended the University of Waterloo Research Spotlight at the Grand River Conservation Authority. This event provided an opportunity to share water research happening in the Grand River watershed with local water managers and decision makers.
Researchers and policymakers from across the Great Lakes basin came together in Waterloo to discuss the current state and future approaches to integrated lake-watershed models, and how these models can inform science policy. Representatives from academia, governments and consultants from both the United States and Canada participated.
As part of Science Literacy Week, Nandita Basu gave a public lecture at the Waterloo Public Library titled ‘Protecting Our Water’. Community members and students shared the space to learn about the impacts of nutrient pollution and algal blooms, and how we can work to mitigate these effects.