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.

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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!

What does a summer job in hydrology entail? Meet Laura Blunden…

FaceShot_Laura1As a Hydrology and Biogeochemistry Field and Research Assistant, Laura’s summer 2015 position with the WSRP was as varied as her academic background and work interests. Laura will soon graduate with an Honors Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography, including a Minor in Biological Science, with aspirations to obtain a second degree at some point (possibly a Master’s degree or delving into Environmental Law). Either way, Laura has already proven she is a strong multi-disciplinary individual, passionate about the environment and with a drive to continue learning. A further testament to this, Laura was motivated to join the WSRP by “…the fact that the program provided training in multiple areas of research”. In a short amount of time, Laura found that she learned “Tons!” In just two months, she became familiar with different sampling techniques, filtered samples with Agriculture Canada, created maps and brochures and helped organized tours of experimental farms where hydrogeochemical research is taking place as part of the WSRP outreach. Despite having some high profile responsibilities in her work, Laura acknowledges that there are some days when you can expect to get your hands dirty: she cites having her rubber boots stuck in the mud as her most memorable (and recurring) moments. Like many others in the group, the opportunity to work outside remains a favorite aspect of working with the WSRP for Laura. And like others, leisure time is also spent outdoors camping, hiking or heading to the beach.

Interview done and profile written by Jonathon Belanger