Congratulations to Tristan for successfully defending his M.Sc. thesis titled Hydrogeochemical soil dynamics relative to topography for forested land units undergoing reclamation in a post-mined landscape in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region, Alberta.

Congratulations to Fares Osman for winning the Best Poster Award at CGU-East 

Collaborative work with the Ecohydrology Research Group at McMaster University receives widespread recognition in the New York Times, As Peat Bogs Burn, A Climate Threat Rises.

Rich, George, Corey, and Lindsey complete construction of an eddy covariance tower above a sub-alpine forest canopy at their Kananaskis research site.

Christine, Jennifer & co. tackle infrastructure construction of the off-grid power system at the Biological Response to a Changing Environment (BRACE) experiment research sites in northern Ontario.

Another successful defense! Congratulations to Elise for defending her M.Sc. thesis focused on partitioning evapotranspiration within Boreal peatlands.

A big congratulations to Master Midori for the successful defense of her M.Sc. thesis examining geochemical cycling in northern Boreal peatlands.

Congratulations Adam Green for winning the Best Poster Award at the CGU/BGS conference. View Adam’s winning poster here.

Rich, Corey and George start off the year with some alpine winter field work in the Rockies. Year-round high-frequency data collection using an eddy covariance system will provide unique insights into the vegetation response to Chinook winds.

Olena Volik’s recent presentation at AGU gets media attention. Read the full story here.


I recWaterloo-HRG-Logo-RGB-Beveleived my Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in 2002, at which time I accepted a faculty position at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. In July 2004, I was appointed the Director of the Cold Regions Research Centre and served in that capacity until 2013. In 2013 I moved to the Department of Geography & Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo.

My research is focused on developing a further understanding of soil – vegetation – atmosphere interactions, especially as influenced by hydrologic and climatic conditions. Specific questions of interest to me include trace gas exchange in wetland and forested systems, interactions between vegetation and hydrology and climate (weather), and modeling the impacts of climatic and land-use stresses on these linkages.

My present research focuses on catchment hydrometeorological and ecohydrological processes and their influence on wetland permanence, wetland reclamation and forest hydrological and biogeochemical processes in stressed northern ecosystems (Western Boreal Forest, Subarctic Wetland-Tundra). This involves combining theoretical, laboratory and fieldwork examining micrometeorological, hydrological and trace gas exchange in heterogeneous vegetated systems. My research philosophy is grounded in the belief that the development of theory and experimentation must progress in conjunction with one another. My long-term objectives involve issues of scaling in the development of fully coupled biogeochemical-hydrological models of climate change while developing realistic sound strategies for adapting to potential climate and landuse change scenarios.