Jeffrey McDonnell

Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability
Associate Director, Global Institute for Water Security

(306) 966-8529


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Hydrology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Master of Science in Watershed Ecosystems, Trent University
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography, University of Toronto

Research Interests

Watershed hydrology; runoff processes and modelling; isotope hydrology; hydrological theory




Select Recent Publications

  • Jasechko, S., J. Kirchner, J. Welker and J.J. McDonnell. 2016. Substantial portion of global river discharge less than 3 months old. Nature (Geosciences), DOI: 10/1038/NGEO.2636.
  • Burt, T.P. and J.J. McDonnell. 2015. Whither field hydrology? The need for discovery science and outrageous hydrological hypotheses, Water Resources Research 51:5919-5928, doi:10.1002/ 2014WR016839.
  • Evaristo, J., S. Jasechko, and J.J. McDonnell. 2015. Global separation of plant transpiration from groundwater and streamflow, Nature doi: 10.1038/nature14983.
  • McDonnell, J.J., 2015. Creating a research brand, Science 349 (6249): 758, DOI: 10.1126/science.349.6249.758.
  • McDonnell, J.J., 2014. The two water worlds hypothesis: Ecohydrological separation of water between streams and trees? Wires Water, doi:10.1002/water2.1027.
  • McDonnell, J.J. and K. Beven, 2014. A call to action aimed at understanding velocities, celerities and residence time distributions of the headwater hydrograph. Water Resources Research,  50, 5342–5350, doi:10.1002/2013WR015141.


Are all runoff processes the same? Soil filling and spilling, transmission loss and connectivity patterns at the hillslope scale, Jeffrey McDonnell