Graduate student profiles

Julia Asten

Julia Asten

Master's student

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.

jemasten@uwaterloo.ca

Nicole Balliston

Nicole Balliston

PhD candidate

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.

nballiston@uwaterloo.ca

James Elliot

James Elliot

Master's student

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.

jbelliot@uwaterloo.ca

Tasha-Leigh Gauthier

Tasha-Leigh Gauthier

PhD student

Tasha-Leigh is a graduate student studying Geography and Environmental Management with Parks option and Earth System Science, specialization at the University of Waterloo.

tjgauthi@uwaterloo.ca

Owen Sutton

Owen Sutton

PhD candidate

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.

ofsutton@uwaterloo.ca

Gabriel Dube

Gabriel Dubé

Master's student

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.

Suyuan Yang

Suyuan Yang

Master's student

Suyuan is a master's student from the University of Waterloo. Her research interests include groundwater hydrology, salinity and contaminant transport.

Hilary Irving

Hilary Irving

Master's student

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. 

hirving@uwaterloo.ca

Janet Hu

Janet Hu

Master's student

Janet Hu is a first year Masters student in the Wetlands Hydrology Lab. She received her Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Geography, with a Geomatics specialization, from the University of Waterloo.

Emily Prystupa

Emily Prystupa

Master's student

Emily is a MSc student at the University of Waterloo.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia in environmental science studying the impacts of fracking on groundwater in Northeastern British Columbia.

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