Water Institute catalyzes research from across disciplines with seed grants

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Inspiring interdisciplinary water research across disciplines, the University of Waterloo’s Water Institute has awarded a combined total of $75,000 to five research teams as a result of its fall term seed grants competition.

 The chosen teams will tackle a range of topics that are key to the evolving discourse around water issues,” says Roy Brouwer, executive director of the institute. “They are good examples of seed grant partnerships — linking both Waterloo researchers across faculties, as well as building relationships with national and international research institutions and governmental organizations.

2016/17 grant recipients for Fall 2016 include:

  • $20,000: What do current water quality monitoring programs really tell us, and how can we improve them? Assessing water quality monitoring programs with the aim of improving Ontario’s provincial Water Quality Monitoring Network
    • Philippe Van Cappellen (Earth and Environmental Sciences)
    • Nandita Basu, (Earth and Environmental Sciences/Civil and
      Environmental Engineering), Madeline Rosamond (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Kim van Meter (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Sherry Schiff (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Simon Courtenay (Environment, Resources and Sustainability), Georgina Kaltenecker and Mohamed Mohamed (Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change), and Christopher Wellen (University of Windsor)
  • $19,640: Governance, institutions and water metabolism: Developing an operational framework for the Caribbean
  • $11,746: Interdisciplinary assessment of whether intervention is warranted in the management of aquatic invasive species, 
  • $11,200: Linking stream network process models to robust adaptive data management systems for the development of decision support tools that model cumulative effects in watersheds 
    • Bruce MacVicar (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    • Don Cowan (Computer Science/Environment, Resources and Sustainability) and Stephen Murphy (Environment, Resources and Sustainability)
    • $11,300: Nutrient cycling and contaminant transport in groundwater of Southern Ontario (Canada) and Quintana Roo (Mexico): Similarities, differences, collaboration and solutions
      • Chris Parsons (Earth and Environmental Sciences)
      • Philippe Van Cappellen (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Nandita Basu (Earth and Environmental Sciences/Civil and Environmental Engineering), Laura Hug (Biology), and Eduardo Cejudo (Unidad de Ciencias del Agua, Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán/Water Sciences Unit — CICY, Mexico)

    ​​The Water Institute Seed Grants Program awards $150,000 annually, with competitions generally held during fall and winter terms. The goal is to catalyze interdisciplinary collaboration; facilitate interaction with national and international water scholars, thought leaders and professionals to encourage new areas of research; and develop new research proposals. Project teams must be led by a Water Institute member and demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach, involving a minimum of three departments or two faculties per project team.

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