PhD Student Opportunity, Contributing Area and Streamflow Dynamics

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National Hydrology Research Centre

PhD Student Opportunity
Contributing Area and Streamflow Dynamics
National Hydrology Research Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan, as part of the recently announced Global Water Futures program, is seeking a highly motivated and organized individual for a PhD student position to investigate the dynamics of Prairie streamflow as it relates to variations in contributing area. It is well known that contributing areas to streamflow vary with climate and geomorphic conditions, but these relationships are not well quantified. Nor do we understand how land management will impact these relationships. The successful PhD student will, with a combination of field and modelling studies, evaluate the contributing area-streamflow relationship and determine the influence of geomorphology, climate and wetland distribution. This research will contribute to knowledge that will inform land management decisions as it pertains to sustainable water management and water and nutrient transport to Lake Winnipeg. For this position, we are searching for candidates that have experience in both field work and numerical hydrological modelling. The PhD will be expected to collaborate with others to evaluate the influence of best management practices on the health of Prairie water bodies, including Lake Winnipeg.

Research will be conducted at Environment Canada’s National Hydrology Research Centre (NHRC) ( at the University of Saskatchewan’s Innovation Place Research Park in Saskatoon. NHRC also houses the University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Water Security ( and maintains close ties with the U of S Centre for Hydrology (, all offering excellent facilities for training in hydrological processes and modelling.

How to Apply:
Interested applicants should contact Dr. Christopher Spence ( or Dr. John Pomeroy ( with a cover letter explaining their motivation, complete CV, and contact details for three academic references. Informal inquiries are welcome.

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