Our Group at the National Hydrology Research Centre in Saskatoon, SK ~ by Janelle Laing

Members of our group attended a shortcourse focusing on isotope hydrology and biogeohemistry at Environment Canada’s National Hydrology Research Centre in Saskatoon, SK. The shortcourse was led by Jeff McDonnell and included not only him but also Genevieve Ali, Ali Ameli, Jaivime Evaristo, Carol Kendall, Geoff Koehler, Kim Janzen, Scott Jasechko, Cody Millar, and Tricia Stadnyk as instructors. In only four days of lectures and labs, the course reviewed key ways in which the use of isotope tracers in catchment hydrology challenged traditional understandings of rainfall/runoff processes. The course also covered the application of isotopes in hydrograph separation, transit time calculation, model testing and evaluation, groundwater age dating and plant water source identification. We also had the pleasure of learning about the latest technology in stable water isotope analysis and soil and plant water extraction methods while touring the cryogenic vacuum extraction and soil physics labs, led by Kim Janzen and Cody Millar.

The collaborative atmosphere felt during lectures allowed students and researchers attending both in person as well as via WebEx to ask questions and receive feedback regarding their own research. After hearing course organizers, including our own Genevieve Ali, speak on their respective areas of expertise, we returned home to Winnipeg feeling re-inspired and with even more project ideas!

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National Hydrology Research Centre (Saskatoon, SK – November 2016)

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LGR stable water isotope analyzer located in the Watershed Hydrology lab (Saskatoon, SK – November 2016)

For a sneak peak on some of the group’s most recent research, keep an eye out for Cody Ross, Aminul Haque, and Genevieve Ali at the upcoming American Geophysical Union meeting Dec. 12-16, 2016 in San Francisco, CA.

To learn more about the Watershed Hydrology Lab led by Jeffrey McDonnell at the University of Saskatchewan, see the following link:

http://www.usask.ca/watershed/index.php

General information regarding this short course on isotopes in catchment hydrology can be found here:

http://www.usask.ca/watershed/teaching/isotope-tracers-in-catchment-hydrology%202017.php

Scholarship success

Congratulations to (now long-time) group member and M.Sc. candidate Cody (Ross) for being awarded the Rita Wadien Memorial Scholarship in recognition of his excellent academic performance. Well done.

2016 CGU-CMOS Joint Scientific Congress in Frederiction, NB ~ by Janelle Laing

Members of our research group attended the joint Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU) and Canadian Meteorologic and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) annual scientific meeting held in Frederiction, NB, May 29 – June 2, 2016. We had the pleasure of starting off the week by attending the Young Hydrologists Workshop where young and experienced researchers, including our own Genevieve Ali, offered insights on challenges and opportunities for research in Canadian Hydrology and how young scientists might address these opportunities to maximize the impact of their careers. Over the course of the week we attended as many sessions as possible, which included sessions with poster presentations by Sam Bansah, Aminul Haque, Maliheh Rabie, Cody Ross, and myself (Janelle Laing). Genevieve Ali also delivered an engaging (invited) lecture titled “Linking phosphorous export dynamics to landscape heterogeneity and climatic variability: can c-Q relations help?”.

During the final day of the conference, while attending the banquet dinner we were informed that Aminul received the CMOS best poster award! Congratulations Aminul!

 

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Members of our group at the 2016 CGU-CMOS joint meeting (left to right: Janelle Laing, Artin Rabie, Maliheh Rabie, Aminul Haque, Cody Ross, Samuel Bansah – May 31, 2016 – Fredericton, NB)

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Maliheh Rabie presenting her poster “Variability of water quality in space and time in a cold, mesoscale, heavily engineered Prairie watershed” (May 31, 2016 – Fredericton, NB)

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Cody Ross presenting his poster “Assessment of the relationship between near-surface soil moisture and runoff generation in a near-level Prairie watershed” as part of the hydrology section (May 30, 2016 – Fredericton, NB)

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Samuel Bansah presenting his poster “A quick evaluation of water isotopic signatures and water travel times in a cold Canadian Prairie watershed” (May 30, 2016 – Fredericton, NB)

 

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Aminul Haque presenting his poster “Water storage dynamics in geographically isolated wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region” (May 30, 2016 – Fredericton, NB)

 

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Janelle Laing presenting her poster “Plant water usage in a Canadian Prairie context: using stable water isotopes to identify uptake sources” (May 31, 2016 – Fredericton, NB)

 

Follow the link below for more information on the 2016 joint congress of CMOS and CGU

http://cgu-ugc.ca/meetings/annual-meeting-2016/

Another best poster award for Aminul!

At the conclusion of the 50th CMOS Congress & joint CGU Annual Meeting (May 29-June 2, 2016, Fredericton, NB, Canada), Aminul Haque was awarded the CMOS best poster award for his work entitled “Water storage dynamics in geographically isolated wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region”. This follows the Campbell Scientific Best Poster Award that Aminul won last year for another part of his PhD research. Warm congratulations!

What does a summer job in hydrology entail? Meet Janelle Laing…

FaceShot_JanelleJanelle, an Environmental Science student at the University of Winnipeg, joined the WSRP in the summer of 2015 as an Ecohydrology Research Assistant to explore whether plants are preferentially utilizing tightly-bound water over free flowing water in various settings. Within a short period of time, Janelle learned a great combination of laboratory and field sampling techniques with the luxury of having her field sites within walking distance. Of course, Janelle also learned that as with any field-based project, one should always expect the unexpected as unforeseen situations may arise that are beyond control (e.g., “unforecasted” rainfall events, malfunctioning equipment and so on). Although frustrating at times, her struggles to sample appropriately sized and aged twigs from trees remains one of Janelle’s more memorable times when reflecting upon her first summer with the WSRP. And like many others, Janelle has appreciated the opportunities to work outdoors and with others in the group. Janelle’s work has continued throughout her studies into 2016 as she used the data collected during her summer work for her Honor’s Thesis.

Interview done and profile written by Jonathon Belanger

Our group at the 2016 CGU-CMOS meeting

Our group will be sharing findings about new research in surface and vadose zone hydrology, ecohydrohydrology and water water quality dynamics… with a strong focus on the Prairies. If you will be in Fredericton, NB between May 29 and June 2, 2016 for the 50th CMOS Congress & joint CGU Annual Meeting, come talk to us! List of presentations below:

Ali, G., Wilson, H., Penner, A., Ross, C., Rabie, M., Haque, Md. A., and Elliott, J. (INVITED). ‘Linking phosphorous export dynamics to landscape heterogeneity and climatic variability: can c-Q relations help?’

Haque, Md. A., Ali, G., Ross, C., Schmall, A., and Bansah, S. ‘Water storage dynamics in geographically isolated wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region’.

Bansah, S., Ali, G., Haque, Md. A., Laing, J., and Schmall, A. ‘A quick evaluation of water isotopic signatures and water travel times in a cold Canadian Prairie watershed’.

Ross, C., Ali, G., Belanger, J., Schmall, A., Walker, M., and Laing, J. ‘Assessment of the relationship between near-surface soil moisture and runoff generation in a near-level Prairie watershed’.

Rabie, M., Ali, G., Spence, C., Schmall, A., Ross, C., Haque, Md. A., and Bansah, S. ‘Variability of water quality in space and time in a cold, mesoscale, heavily engineered Prairie watershed’.

Laing, J., Ali, G., Casson, N., Moore, D., Hanson, M., Belanger, J., Bansah, S., Walker, M., Blunden, L., and Ross, C. ‘Plant water usage in a Canadian Prairie context: Using stable water isotopes to identify uptake sources’.

 

NSERC awards for two new group members

Congratulations to Manon Soulard and Kelsey Margraf for being awarded NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs). Manon and Kelsey will be joining our group this summer to work on hydrobiogeochemistry projects, more particularly on the water and nutrient exchanges that occur between surface and shallow subsurface soil layers at the edge of farm fields and within man-made drainage ditches. Welcome on board!