South America

Brazil – Bi-lateral Doctoral Student Exchange (Jeffrey McDonnell)

As part of bi-lateral student exchange program between Canada and Brazil, Jeffrey McDonnell and his collaborator at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro has successfully secured funding to facilitate the exchange of eight doctoral students. Four students from Brazil will examine the impact of land-use change on water quantity and quality in headwater catchments in the Rocky Mountains (cold region) in Canada and similarly, four students from GIWS will examine headwater regions upstream of the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the mountains west of the city (tropical climate).

Chile – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Jeffrey McDonnell)

DFATD has approved two graduate student exchange scholarships through their Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) to support visit of students from Chile who will study “Evaluation of vulnerability in a context of uncertainty and climate change in semi-arid and Mediterranean watersheds” and “Use of stable isotopes for assessing the contribution of glacier melting to runoff in Andean basins”. Through these projects, we envision developing a mechanism to share research expertise and information, exchange research personnel, share research facilities, build a history of collaborations and develop joint research publications.

Peru - Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Karsten Liber)

Karsten Liber established a formal academic and research partnership with the Faculty of Sciences and Philosophy at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH; Lima, Peru) to promote bilateral graduate student exchange opportunities and collaborative research related to water quality, environmental pollution and natural resource extraction.

Peru - Universidad Nacional de Ancash Santiago

Liber collaborated with Universidad Nacional de Ancash Santiago “Antúnez de Mayolo” (Huaraz, Peru) on Development of Sustainable Monitoring and Bioremediation Alternatives for the Santa River. A special undergraduate-level course offered in compressed format over a 4-day period (through the Faculty of Environmental Science). The course was designed to introduce environmental science and environmental engineering students to principles and methodologies in environmental monitoring and impact assessment, with a focus on water, mining activities and tailings management.