Graduate Opportunities in Forested Drinking Water Source Protection Technologies

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forWater NSERC Network for Forested Drinking Water Source Protection Technologies

Graduate Opportunities
The forWater NSERC Network for Forested Drinking Water Source Protection Technologies

Drinking water is one of society’s most critical water needs and delivery of safe drinking water‐security is a national strategic priority. In Canada, effective source water protection for drinking water must focus on forested source watersheds because that is where the drinking water for most urban, rural, and Indigenous communities originates. Healthy forests typically produce high quality water, and the value of natural storage and filtration of water by global forests has been estimated at $4.1 trillion.

The forWater NSERC Network for Forested Drinking Water Source Protection Technologies will provide new knowledge regarding the impacts of different forest management strategies on drinking water source quality and treatability to assess their suitability as source water protection technologies across the major forest regions of Canada.

We are looking for highly motivated graduate students to participate in research funded through the forWater Network that will assess the effects of forest management strategies on the sources and fluxes of carbon and disinfection byproduct across spatial scales in high-relief Boreal Shield landscapes in northern Ontario. Graduate positions will be based at Trent University in Peterborough, ON, Canada as part of the interdisciplinary Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program ( and at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, ON, Canada as part of the Waterloo – Laurier Graduate Program in Geography (

Financial support for your graduate studies will be provided through a combination of research and teaching assistantships. Applicants may apply for admission in September, January or May. Interested candidates should have an undergraduate degree in physical geography, geology, environmental science or engineering. Candidates should be able to work as part of an interdisciplinary team, and be willing to conduct research in both the field and the laboratory. Good command of the English language is absolutely essential. For consideration, please send an email outlining your interests and any questions that you might have in advance of your formal application directly to:

Professor Jim Buttle ( Professor Richard Petrone (
School of the Environment Department of Geography and Environmental Management
Trent University University of Waterloo
Peterborough, ON, Canada K9L 0G2 Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G1
phone +1 (705) 748-1011 x 7475 phone +1 519-888-4567 x 39174

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