Jonathan leads the Wetlands Hydrology Research Laboratory as the primary investigator for several NSERC and industry funded projects. He teaching courses on hydrology supervises graduate and undergraduate level research into wetlands. Jon's academic interests specializes in the hydrology of peat dominated wetlands, with a focus on peatland restoration and most recently on creating peatlands following oil sands extraction. His research examines how surface water, groundwater, water quality and carbon biogeochemistry respond to disturbances, and if these functions can be recreated. Jon has pioneered work on contaminant transport in peatlands, including solutes and hydrocarbons. He has authored and co-authored over 160 peer-reviewed journal articles on topics including soil-water physics, micrometeorology, water quality, contaminant transport, ecology, soil development as well as basin-scale hydrology of wetlands.
Julia received a joint honours bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo in Geography and Knowledge Integration. Her MSc research is focused on assessing the hydrologic changes of the constructed Nikanotee fen in Fort McMurray, Alberta, over time. This research will pay particular attention to the changing physical properties of soil layers and the implications of these changes on the current and projected success of the fen.
Nicole received her BASc in Environmental Engineering, and worked in the consulting industry in hydrogeology before returning to Waterloo to pursue an MSc. Her research focus is on contaminant transport within peatlands in the James Bay Lowlands area, with an emphasis on unsaturated flow and vertical dispersion due to capillary action.
James is a MSc student whose research interests are focused on the restoration and re-use of harvested peatlands, in how hydrological processes evolve in Sphagnum fibre farming operations. His project focuses on modelling sub-surface irrigation and how it impacts on moss growth. The models are simulating the ongoing in-field irrigation experiments in Shippagan, New Brunswick.
Matt’s primary research focuses on understanding the hydrogeology (specifically fen-upland hillslope connectivity) of base-rich fens, which are ubiquitous in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region, and are frequently affected by surface mining and in-situ oil extraction activities. His research site, a moderate-rich fen located, approximately 5 km from the Suncor oil sands, was heavily impacted by the 2016 wildfire. Matt hopes to gain insights into the hydrological and meteorological conditions that lead up to the burning of his research site, and to better understand how the hydrology and overall landscape connectivity of moderate-rich fen systems will change following this disturbance.
Eric is a research professional with a background in hydrogeology. His research interests are in solute transport and chemical hydrogeology. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor’s in Earth Science and master’s in Geography. His MSc thesis focused on the transport of sodium within the Nikanotee Fen Watershed, a constructed upland-fen system within the Athabasca oil sands region.
James is the groups technician and projects/research manager. He has a background in fire-disturbed peatland hydrology, with expertise in method development, equipment prototyping and refinement in field and laboratory applications. His current research involves investigating hydraulic property changes at the constructed Nikanotee fen in construction materials from freeze-thaw cycling and implications for material choices for constructed wetlands. He is also investigating non-destructive bulk density testing with piezoelectric sensors and wavelength properties. He reports the groups research progress to both federal and industrial entities.
Owen is a PhD candidate from the University of Waterloo. His research interests include contaminant transport modelling, fractured rock hydrogeology, and multiphase flow. Currently, Owen performed modeling work of multiphase flow in peat using computational fluid dynamics simulations in COMSOL as part of his undergraduate thesis. His PhD work is focussed around modeling the trajectory of the constructed Nikanotee fen under a number of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate change scenarios for both the hydrological outcomes and geochemical transport dynamics of salts and naphthenic acids.
Hilary is a MSc student in the Wetlands Hydrology Lab from the University of Waterloo. Her research is focused on reclamation in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region with a focus on reclaimed uplands. In particular, Hilary's research is aimed at forming a better understanding of the hydrophysical evolution of reclamation materials with time and how their evolution will impact future functionality.
Pankaj received a Ph.D. in hydrology from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, India. His current research involves investigating the behaviour of hydrocarbon pollutants in peatlands under dynamically fluctuating water tables.
Gabriel is working towards his MSc at the University of Waterloo. His research is focused on vadose zone hydrology and contaminant transport. More specifically, he is examining water infiltration patterns in the upland of a reclaimed peatland watershed. He hopes to gain a better understanding of residual sodium flushing from reclaimed materials, so as to more accurately predict the effects of sodium on constructed peatland vegetation.