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



Recent Grants/Awards

Select Grants: 
  • McDonnell, J. (PI).  2010 – 2015.  Water sustainability in the Willamette Basin, Oregon.  National Science Foundation Hydrological Science.
  • McDonnell, J. (PI).  2010 – 2011.  Development of a new field based water isotope analyse, Phase II.  United States Department of Energy.
  • McDonnell, J. (PI).  2009 – 2010.  Development of a new field based water isotope analyse, Phase I.  United States Department of Energy.
  • McDonnell, J.  (PI).  2009 – 2013. Hydrological impacts of cellulosic-based biofuel production.  United States Department of Energy. 
  • McDonnell, J.  (Co-PI).  2007 – 2011.  Ecohydrological controls on watershed response to land use change in the montane cloud forest zone in Central Veracruz, Mexico.  National Science Foundation Hydrological Science and National Science Foundation Ecology Programs.
Select Awards: 
  • 2012: Borland Lecture, Hydrology Days, Colorado State University, For Collins CO         
  • 2011: Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer Award, Geological Society of America
  • 2009:  University Distinguished Professor, Oregon State University
  • 2009: John Dalton Medal, European Geosciences Union          
  • 2009: Fellow, American Geophysical Union
  • 2009: Woo Lecture, Canadian Geophysical Union         
  • 2009: Doctor of Science (D.Sc)., University of Canterbury          

Recent Publications

  • Burt, T., N, Howden, F. Worrall and J.J. McDonnell, 2011. On the value of long-term, low-frequency water quality sampling: avoiding throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Hydrological Processes, 25: 828-830, DOI: 10.1002.hyp.7961
  • Burt, T., G. Hancock and J.J. McDonnell, 2011. Where does the water go when it rains? Geography Review, 25(1): 38-41.
  • Gabrielli, C. and J.J. McDonnell, 2011. An inexpensive, portable high speed drill rig and  platform for bedrock groundwater studies in the headwaters. Hydrological Processes, DOI:10.1002/hyp.8212.
  • Goldsmith, G., L. Muñoz-Villers, F. Holwerda, J.J. McDonnell, H. Asbjornsen, and T. E. Dawson, 2011. Stable isotopes reveal linkages among ecohydrological processes in a seasonally dry tropical montane cloud forest. Ecohydrology, DOI: 10.1002/eco.268.
  • Hancock, G., K G Evans, J.J. McDonnell and L Hopp, 2011, Ecohydrological controls on soil erosion a landscape evolution. Ecohydrology, DOI: 10.1002/eco.241
  • Hopp, L. and J.J. McDonnell, 2011, Examining the role of throughfall patterns on subsurface stormflow generation. Journal of Hydrology, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.08.044.
  • Hopp, L., J.J. McDonnell and P. Condon, 2011. Measuring and modeling lateral subsurface flow in a soil cover over waste rock in a humid temperate environment. Vadose Zone Journal, doi:10.2136/vzj2010.0094
  • Lanni C., R. Rigon and J.J. McDonnell, 2011. On the relative role of upslope and downslope topography for describing water flowpath and storage dynamics: a theoretical analysis. Hydrological Processes, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8263.
  • McDonnell, J.J., 2011, Foreword,  to D. Levia, D. Carlyle-Moses and T. Tanaka (eds.) Forest Hydrology and Biogeochemistry: Synthesis of Past Research and Future Directions, Springer, 740pp.
  • McDonnell, J.J. and C. Kendall, 2011. Foreword, to Isotope Hydrology, Weizu Gu et al. (eds)., Science Press, Beijing (in Chinese), 1113pp.
  • Sayama, T., J.J. McDonnell, A. Dhakal and K. Sullivan, 2011. How much water can a watershed store? Hydrological Processes, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8288