Instructor: Mark Johnson

Day/Time: Wednesdays 9:30am-12:30pm (Term 1)

Location: AERL 420

Enrollment: Graduate Students (or advanced undergraduates with instructor approval and completed G+PS form)


Water is at the centre of many sustainability-related issues, from trade-offs between hydropower generation and in-stream flow requirements for ecological functioning, to innovations in water provisioning for projected growth in urban regions, to carbon sequestration initiatives. In this course, we will use tools and concepts in ecohydrology to consider empirical, experimental and modeling-based approaches to water and sustainability. As an interdisciplinary field of study, ecohydrology is concerned with the interactions between ecological systems and the water cycle. We will use ecohydrology as a framework to evaluate interactions between human and natural systems in resource management questions, in urban issues, and in policy frameworks including consideration of future climate scenarios.

Course Objectives

During this course, students will develop an understanding of feedbacks between hydrologic and ecological processes, explore research techniques to elucidate ecohydrologic processes, and will gain experience in testing hypotheses from interdisciplinary perspectives. Students will develop skills in evaluating water-related aspects of sustainability.


Note to potential students

In past years, students from a range of graduate programs have taken the course (Geography, Geology, Forestry, RES, Civil Engineering). This resulted in interesting mix of students and backgrounds, allowing for a better understanding of approaches and applications for ecohydrology.

Several students developed their coursework into papers that were published in the peer-reviewed literature. While this is not an expected outcome for the course, it is something that can be discussed if it is of interest.