MSc Graduate Student Opportunity in Hydrology

Trent University

Watershed Hydrology Lab, Aquatic Research and Monitoring Section, OMNRF

MSc Graduate Student Opportunity in Hydrology
Environmental & Life Sciences Graduate Program, Trent University
Watershed Hydrology Lab, Aquatic Research and Monitoring Section, OMNRF

We have an opportunity for a motivated MSc graduate student to conduct research as part of an ongoing water balance study in the Petawawa River watershed in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario. The MSc project will contribute to our research into the hydrological processes controlling the magnitude and variability in water balance components and contribute to the development of a distributed water balance model. Currently our research program includes continuous monitoring at three real-time upland stations (total precipitation, soil water, soil temperature, snow depth, air temperature) and in 19 lakes (water level and temperature). This is being supplemented with soil water measurements in dominant soil types, weekly snow surveys and daily snow depth measurements (20 locations) in dominant landcover types. We also use an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for characterising canopy and snowpack characteristics.

Potential MSc projects:
1. Upland storage (wetlands) and topographic controls on the water balance.
2. The role of interception in the water balance.
3. Snowmelt contributions to direct runoff and its influence on the water balance.

Other project topics that would contribute to our research on the water balance of the Petawawa River watershed will also be considered. Preference will be given to candidates with degrees in physical geography or engineering and an interest in collaborative research that integrates fieldwork and modelling. Successful applicants to Trent University’s multidisciplinary Environmental & Life Sciences Graduate Program will be fully funded through a combination of scholarships, research and teaching assistantships. Interested students should contact Dr. Robert Metcalfe or Dr. Jim Buttle for further details at the following addresses:

Dr. Robert A. Metcalfe
Aquatics Research and Monitoring Section
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
c/o Trent University
1600 West Bank Drive
Peterborough ON K9J 7B8
robert.metcalfe@ontario.ca

Dr. Jim Buttle
Department of Geography
Trent University
1600 West Bank Drive
Peterborough, ON
K9L 0G2
jbuttle@trentu.ca

To apply for this job email your details to robert.metcalfe@ontario.ca

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