News archive - January 2022

Monday, January 31, 2022

A tribute to Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor

Past and present members of the Faculty of Science community are saddened by the news that William David Taylor passed away on January 24, 2022.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

New economic model finds wetlands provide billions in filtration value

A river flowing through a marshy wetland

Southern Ontario wetlands provide $4.2 billion worth of sediment filtration and phosphorus removal services each year, keeping our drinking water sources clean and helping to mitigate harmful and nuisance algal blooms in our lakes and rivers.

A new study from the University of Waterloo uses economic valuation to help us understand the importance of Southern Ontario’s wetlands for water filtration – particularly as these sensitive ecosystems continue to be lost by conversion to agriculture or urban development.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Four Science graduate students featured in GSPA's 2022 GRADflix finals

Since 2018, the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) hosts a "GRADflix" competition, challenging students from across campus to communicate their research to a general audience. With only 60 seconds at their disposal, competetors create videos, moving slideshows or animation, in order to tell us why their research is important!

Friday, January 21, 2022

Commending Professor Mark Servos’ efforts to track the spread of COVID-19

Mark Servos and a grad student on a boat

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Professor Mark Servos has been working tirelessly to contribute towards our understanding of COVID-19, leading wastewater testing efforts locally and across Canada. His research has recently been highlighted in the media as wastewater surveillance becomes a significant tool in our community’s efforts to track the spread of COVID-19, and his efforts are being recognized with a Minister of Colleges and Universities' Awards of Excellence.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Biology opens new aquatic threats research facility to study the impact of climate change on fish stress

Fish in a tank at the new WATER facility

Fish have a lot to stress about right now. This could mean serious problems for the future of aquaculture and the fish on your plate.

The new Waterloo Aquatic Threats in Environmental Research (WATER) facility at the University of Waterloo aims to simulate and research aquatic stressors and threats so that we are better prepared to prevent current and future problems.