Friday, February 2 marked the Ecohydrology Research Group’s sixth annual World Wetlands Day (WWD) celebration at the University of Waterloo. This year’s program featured research presentations, three-minute student presentations, a student poster competition, and an evening public lecture.The symposium had over 90 registrants and was attended by researchers from various universities across southwestern Ontario as well as members of the general public. It even got a Twitter-nod from MP of Waterloo Bardish Chagger.
Co-op students who consider travelling for their work terms often picture themselves in a warm and sunny location. That wasn’t the case for University of Waterloo Biology alumnus Andrew Vermeer (BSc ’12), who decided to venture up to Nunavut’s Baffin Island.
Chris Parsons canoeing to a sampling site in Coot's Paradise near Toronto.
Should we still worry about acid rain? What is the chemical composition of a pristine river? How can we mitigate algal blooms in lakes and estuaries? What are the impacts of ocean acidification? Unfortunately, these are not simple questions to answer, according to Dr. Chris Parsons, Assistant Research Professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences.