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Current Research Team


Dr. Uldis Silins

(Professor, University of Alberta) - Forest hydrology/meteorology, evaporative/snowpack dynamics, water quality, and aquatic ecology. Uldis serves as the program PI and leads the headwaters hydrology research node.


Dr. Monica Emelko

(Associate Professor, University of Waterloo) - Drinking water treatment, treatment process performance, pathogens, quantitative risk analysis of drinking water systems. Monica serves as the program co-PI and leads the drinking water treatment research node.


Dr. Vic Adamowicz

(Professor, University of Alberta) - Water resources economics, water resource cost-benefit analysis. Vic is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and co-leads the resource economics and sociology node.


Dr. Axel Anderson

(Foothills Research Institute) - Forest hydrology, groundwater-surface interactions, and water quality. Axel leads the Foothills Research Institute Water Program and is a co-investigator on the headwaters research node.


Dr. Kevin Bladon

(Assistant Professor, Oregon State University) - Forest ecohydrology, meteorology, evaporative dynamics, water quality, and aquatic ecology. Kevin is a co-investigator in multiple research nodes.


Dr. Peter Boxall

(Professor, University of Alberta) - Environment valuation, cost-benefit analysis of water resources, market based conservation. Peter is a co-investigator in the resource economics and sociology node.


Dr. Adrian Collins

(Professor, Rothamstead Research, U.K.) - Sediment/contaminant transport, contaminant source tracing, integrated watershed management. Adrian is a leading international expert on large basin sediment contaminant transport and is a co-investigator in the regional basin scale research nodes (both Oldman & Elbow River basins).


Dr. Miles Dyck
(Associate Professor, University of Alberta) - Soil physics, soil water and contaminant transport processes, evaporative and snowpack dynamics. Miles is a co-investigator in the headwaters hydrology node.


Dr. Diane Dupont

(Professor, Brock University) - Non-market valuation, water quality, cost-benefit analysis and valuation of water resources. Diane co-leads the resource economics and sociology node.


Dr. Mike Flannigan

(Professor, University of Alberta) – Wildfire science, weather/climate interactions, landscape fire modelling. Mike is the Director of the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science (University of Alberta) and leads the wildfire research node.


Dr. Bommanna Krishnappan

(Canada Centre for Inland Waters, Environment Canada,) - Modeling river flows, sediment transport processes, contaminated river sediments. Krish is a co-investigator in the regional basin scale research nodes (both Oldman & Elbow River basins).


Dr. Mark Poesch

(Assistant Professor, University of Alberta) - Fisheries biology, specialist on conservation of endangered aquatic species, landscape ecology. Mark is a co-investigator on the headwaters hydrology/ecology node.


Dr. Micheal Stone

(Professor, University of Waterloo) – Sediment source-transport-fate and water quality, sediment-nutrient-contaminant transport dynamics. Mike leads the regional basin scale research node (both Oldman and Elbow River basins).


Dr. Xianli Wang

(Professor, University of Alberta) - Forest hydrology/meteorology, evaporative/snowpack dynamics, water quality, and aquatic ecology. Uldis serves as the program PI and leads the headwaters hydrology research node.





Post-doctoral Fellows


Dr. Ryan MacDonald

(Post-doctoral Fellow, Foothills Research Institute) Ryan is working on a broad range of watershed focused research projects with the Foothills Research Institute’s Water Program and hydrologic modeling with Southern Rockies Watershed Project.






Collaborating Scientists


Dr. Stephan Kienzle

(Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge) – Hydrology, climate-surface interactions, hydrologic modeling. Stephan is a collaborator on the hydrology research node.


Dr. Marc-André Parisien

(Canadian Forest Service, Environment Canada) – Wildland fire science, fire behaviour, wildland fire modeling. Marc is a collaborator on the fire research node.


Dr. Steve Renzetti

(Professor, Brock University) – Water resources policy, water resources economics. Steve is a co-investigator on the sociology and economics node and leads the allied Canadian Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network.


Dr. Dan Thompson

(Canadian Forest Service, Environment Canada) – Wildland fire science, fire behaviour, combustion dynamics in organic soils, forest fire danger models. Dan is a collaborator on the fire research node.


Dr. Doug Woolford

(Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University) – Statistical analysis of wildfire occurrence. Doug is a collaborator on the fire research node.


Dr. Mike Wotton

(Canadian Forest Service, Environment Canada) – Wildland fire science, fire behaviour, occurrence prediction, wildland fire danger rating. Doug is a collaborator on the fire research node.