World Wetlands Day 2018

Friday, February 2, 2018 12:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

World Wetlands Day 2018 LogoJoin the Ecohydrology Research Group on Friday, February 2, 2018 for the research symposium and public lecture held in celebration of World Wetlands Day!

Research Symposium 
  • Presentations from local researchers 

  • 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) presentations

  • Poster session (register by January 19th)

Public Lecture
  • Presentation by Dr. Jennifer Read, Water Center Director at the University of Michigan

New this year: Students will be able to promote their work in a non-competitive 3MT presentation. Each participant will have 3 minutes and one static slide to present their work. 3MT presentation slots will be awarded in the order of registration until filled, so please register early to guarantee a slot. Students may sign up for both a 3MT and a poster presentation. 

The poster session is open to all researchers. Students may compete in the poster competition for a chance to with a $150 prize (one for a graduate student category and one for undergraduates). The deadline to submit a poster title is January 19th. 

Register for the research symposium3 Minute Thesis, and/or poster session.

Register for the public lecture.


Registration will take place in the William G. Davis Centre (DC), room 1301 from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m., with opening remarks by Water Institute member, Philippe Van Cappellen, at 1:00 p.m. in DC 1302.

Session 1 [DC 1302]


Chris Parsons, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Internal Phosphorus Loading in Canadian Freshwaters


Bruce MacVicar, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Urban streams are a drag: Cumulative impacts of floods on sediment transport and benthic invertebrates in Southern Ontario


Saraswati Saraswati, Geography and Environmental Management
Impact of access roads on GHGs emission from boreal peatlands


Elise Devoie, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Wetlands in transition: the impacts of permafrost degradation in peatland-dominated watersheds


Wynona Klemt, Biology
Flood-prone lakes as archives of natural and anthropogenic trace metal deposition in the Alberta oil sands


Coffee break DC 1301

Session 2 [DC 1302]


Serghei Bocaniov, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Water and nutrient retention in wetland-linked aquatic ecosystems: Insights from a three-dimensional model of Lake St. Clair (USA-Canada)


Jody Daniel, Biology
Drivers of prairie pothole permeance class


Matt Elmes, Geography and Environmental Management
Hydrogeological connectivity of a moderate-rich fen watershed in the Athabasca Oil Sands Area of the Western Boreal Plain, northern Alberta


Zahra Akbarzadeh, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Damming modifies the global nitrogen cycle along the land to ocean continuum


3 Minute Thesis Presentations (3MT)


Reception and Poster Session [EIT Atrium] - deadline to submit a poster title is January 19th

Public Lecture - EIT 1015, 7:00-8:00

Impactful Science Along our Coasts: Supporting and assessing user-focused research in our estuaries, coastal wetlands and Great Lakes 

Presented by Dr. Jennifer Read

Estuaries and coastal wetlands along North America’s multiple salt and fresh coasts are highly productive ecosystems with distinct physical and biological attributes. Historic land use patterns and climate change have placed a great deal of pressure on these socioeconomically and biologically productive ecosystems. Effective protection and restoration of these important ecosystems requires carefully constructed science support that brings to bear the highest quality, user-driven research. Over the past six years, the University of Michigan Water Center has taken an adaptive approach to selecting, supporting and assessing projects that engage end-users, or those best positioned to employ the science generated, in project work related to the Great Lakes and broader US coastal ecosystems. This presentation will propose that end-user engaged research, while resource and time intensive, is more effective than traditional or even more recent research paradigms and potentially a better way to invest increasingly scarce public and private resources.