Dr. Jonathan S. Price
Jon 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. Dr. Price 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.
He is a professor within the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo with interests in peatland hydrology, wetlands, wetland chemistry and restoration and reclamation science. He serves as an associate editor for Mires and Peat. Before coming to Waterloo he held positions within the Geography Department at Queen's University, Kingston ON having gained his PhD at McMaster University, Hamilton ON.
jsprice @ uwaterloo.ca | Webpage
Julia Asten, B.A
Julia received a joint honours bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo in Geography and Knowledge Integration. Her M.Sc 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 | Linkedin
Nicole Balliston, M.Sc
Nicole received her B.ASc in Environmental Engineering, and worked in the consulting industry in hydrogeology before returning to Waterloo to pursue an M.Sc. 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 | Linkedin
James is a M.Sc 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
Matthew Elmes, M.Sc
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 ~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.
melmes @ uwaterloo.ca | Linkedin
Tasha-Leigh is a graduate student studying Geography and Environmental Management with Parks option & Earth System Sci., specialization at the University of Waterloo. Tasha is conducting her undergraduate thesis within the lab, determining the hydraulic effects of compression on Sphagnum moss to ameliorate bog peatland restoration. Tasha likes cookies.
tjgauthi @ uwaterloo.ca | Linkedin
Behrad Gharedaghloo, M.Sc
Behrad is a graduate from Sharif University of Technology and University of Tehran (Iran). His background is in reservoir engineering with focus on numerical simulation of multiphase flow in porous media. His research interests are contaminant transport in wetlands, characterization of water retention curves, multiphase capillary and relative permeability functions of porous media, and transport in dual porosity media like as fractured rock and peat.
bghareda @ uwaterloo.ca | Linkedin
Sarah Irvine, B.Sc
Sarah received her B.Sc in Earth & Environmental Sciences at McMaster and is currently a M.Sc student within the Wetlands Hydrology Research laboratory. Her M.Sc research focuses on dissolved organic carbon production and transport within the constructed Nikanotee fen in Fort McMurray, Alberta and its implications for carbon storage and water quality for reclamation projects in the Athabasca Oil Sands. An emphasis will be placed on characterizing DOC sources and quality, and how its production and transportation is affected by the hydrological properties of the system.
s2irvine @ uwaterloo.ca | Linkedin
Eric Kessel, M.Sc
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.
e2kessel @ uwaterloo.ca | Linkedin
Fares is graduate student at the University of Waterloo. HisM.Sc research (laboratory based) within the Wetlands Hydrology Research Group, conducted jointly with the Hydrometeorology lab under Dr. Richard Petrone is focused on identifying the source(s) and biogeochemical transformations and fate of sulphur in the constructed Nikanotee fen in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region.
fiosman @ uwaterloo.ca | Linkedin
James Sherwood, M.Sc
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 & 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.
jsherwoo @ uwaterloo.ca
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 IPCC climate change scenarios for both the hydrological outcomes and geochemical transport dynamics of salts and naphthenic acids.
ofsutton @ uwaterloo.ca | Linkedin
Emily forms the other half of the champion research assistant duo, M&M.
erchampion @ uwaterloo.ca | Linkedin
interested in research?
Students within the Wetlands Hydrology Research Group come from a variety of backgrounds, with previous students from Biology, Geography, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Civil Engineering, Ecology and Plant Sciences. Recent graduates from these research groups are working within wetlands and non-wetlands hydrology, hydrogeology, biological monitoring and work within both civil service, consultancy and management settings or further graduate study.
Please contact Dr. Price with a detailed description of your background, fields of interests, level of previous study and at what institution and country. Generic inquiries will not receive a reply
Catherine Brown - Boreal Science Educator, NAIT, AB
Eric Kessel - Research Associate, University of Waterloo, ON
Vinay Date -
Colin McCarter - Post-doctoral fellow, Ecohydrology, University of Waterloo, ON
Tobias Weber - Researcher, Geoecology, Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany
Scott Ketcheson - Post-doctoral fellow, Watershed Hydrology Group, McMaster University, ON, Canada
Sarah Scarlett - Peatlands Specialist, Manitoba Conservation & Water Stewardship, Winnipeg, MB
Emma Bocking - Environmental Outreach Coordinator, Ducks Unlimited, Cornerbrook, NFLD
Melissa Leclair - Environmental Specialist, Detour Gold, Dresden, ON
Neil Taylor - Ecohydrology Analyst, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Toronto, ON
Mélanie Langlois - Geospatial Analyst, CAE, QC
Jonathan Goetz - Hydrologist, Ministry of Environment, Victoria, BC
Mazda Kompanizare - Hydrogeologist, CH2M Hill, Kitchener, ON
Corey Wells - Project Coordinator, Toronto Region Conservation Authority, Toronto, ON
Althea Grundling - Senior Researcher, Agricultural Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa
Piet-Louis Grundling - Deputy Director for Program Implementation, Dept. of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
Pete Whittington - Assistant Professor, Brandon University, MB
Roxanne Andersen - Peatland Scientist, ERI, University of Highlands and Islands, Scotland, UK
Shannon Malloy - Water Resources Technician, Credit Valley Conservation Authority, Mississauga, ON
Fereidoun Rezanezhad - Assistant Research Professor, University of Waterloo, ON
Kegan Farrick - Hydrologist, Welland, ON
Antonio Di Febo - Project Coordinator, Capital Infrastructure at Metrolinx/GO Transit, Toronto, ON
Alistair Clulow - Lecturer in Agrometeorology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Peter Andrew-McBride - Senior Environmental Scientist, Amec Foster Wheeler, Calgary, AB
Maria Strack - Associate Professor, Dept. of Geography & Environmental Mgmt, Waterloo, ON
Marilou Montemayor - Watershed Planning & Management Coordinator, NSWA, Edmonton, AB
Erik Kellner - Consulting Hydrologist, midvatten, Borlange, Sweden
Laura Landriault - Community Training Developer and Coordinator, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON
Michael Shantz - Environment Resource Analyst, Environment Canada, Burlington, ON, Canada
Lisa Emili - Associate Professor of Physical Geography, Penn State Altoona, PA, USA
Gavin Kennedy - Hydrogeologist, Department of Natural Resources, Halifax, NS
Yuxin Lang - Senior Geotechnical Engineer, McMillen-Jacobs Associates, Portland, Oregon, USA
Richard Petrone - Professor, Dept. of Geography & Environmental Management, Waterloo, ON
Harald von Waldow - Senior Scientist, Centre for Climate Systems Modeling, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland
Grant Whitehead - Senior Hydrogeologist, Stantec, Kitchener, ON