CERC Faculty

The following faculty receive their funding through the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) program.

Howard Wheater

College/School:


School of Environment and Sustainability

Department:


N/A

Office Location:


NHRC 1012

Biography:


Director of the Global Institute for Water Security and Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security, Howard Wheater is a world expert in hydrology and sustainable water resource management. He has extensive international experience studying and advising on flood, water resource and water quality issues, and is vice-chair of the World Climate Research Program’s GEWEX initiative and co-chair of UNESCO’s GWADI arid zone water resources program.

He is a past President of the British Hydrological Society and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the American Geophysical Union, as well as a life member of the International Water Academy. He is currently a professor with the U of S School of Environment and Sustainability and with the College of Engineering.
  • He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and six books, and has won several academic awards, including Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water.
  • He holds the appointment of Distinguished Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Hydrology at Imperial College London where he was head of Environmental and Water Resource Engineering and the first Director of the Imperial College Environment Forum
  • Recent appointments include:
    • Member of the Alberta Environment Monitoring Panel, advising on the establishment of a world class monitoring and evaluation system for the Alberta oil sands
    • Chair of the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Sustainable Management of Water in the Agricultural Landscapes of Canada
    • Member of the Water Partner Advisory Committee advising the Premiers’ Council of the Federation Water Stewardship
    • Member of an International Court of Arbitration concerning the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty

Designations:


PhD, Civil Engineering/Hydrology, University of Bristol
Master’s in Engineering Science, Honours, University of Cambridge
Bachelor's in Engineering Science, Honours, University of Cambridge

Areas of Interest:


Hydrological processes and modelling, with applications to the management of flood risk, water resources, water quality, wastes and climate change adaptation

Jeff McDonnell

College/School:


School of Environment and Sustainability

Office Location:


NHRC 1013

Biography:


Jeffrey J. McDonnell joined the University of Saskatchewan in 2012. Prior to his appointment with the School of Environment and Sustainability and the Global Institute for Water Security, Jeff was the Richardson Chair in Watershed Science and University Distinguished Professor of Hydrology at Oregon State University. His research focuses on new ways to measure, model and understand streamflow generation processes. Jeff has co-authored ~200 articles on watershed hydrology and co-edited the Elsevier textbook “Isotope Tracers in  Catchment Hydrology”. He  has served as the Senior Advisory Editor of the “Encyclopedia of Hydrological Sciences”, published by John Wiley and Sons and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the IAHS Book Series “Benchmark Papers in Hydrology”.  Jeff is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the International Water Academy and recipient of several awards, including the Dalton Medal from the European Geophysical Union, the Gordon Warwick Award from the British Geomorphological Research  Group, the Nystrom Award from the Association of American Geographers and  a D.Sc. from the University  of Canterbury. Jeff was the 2011 Birdsall-Driess Distinguished Lecturer for the Geological Society of America and 2012 Borland Lecturer for AGU Hydrology Days. 

Areas of Interest:


Watershed hydrology
Runoff processes
Modelling
Isotope hydrology 

Helen Baulch

College/School:


School of Environment and Sustainability

Office Location:


NHRC 1016

Designations:


Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental and Life Sciences, Trent University
Master of Science in Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Waterloo 

Areas of Interest:


Water quality
Aquatic ecology
Global change
Biogeochemical cycles
Greenhouse gas emissions
Eutrophication

Andrew Ireson

College/School:


School of Environment and Sustainability

Department:


Department of Civil and Geological Engineering

Office Location:


NHRC 1015

Biography:


Andrew Ireson joined the Global Institute for Water Security as assistant professor in March 2011. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Imperial College London. Andrew holds a PhD and MSc from Imperial College London and a MEng from Bath University.

Andrew’s research focuses on developing models that show how water and pollutants move through the underground environment. At the U of S, his research focuses on the movement, distribution and quality of water in cold regions such as the prairies and boreal forest and how to model these complex environments to predict how water might be affected by climate and land use changes. As groundwater sources are not visible, quantifying recharge and contamination is challenging. Understanding these complexities will contribute to more sustainable management and use of groundwater for domestic and industrial purposes.   

Yanping Li

College/School:


School of Environment and Sustainability

Office Location:


NHRC 1013

Designations:


Doctor of Philosophy in Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University
Master of Philosophy, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University
Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science and Computer Science, Sun Yet-Sen University, China

Areas of Interest:


Regional climate modelling
Mesoscale dynamics
Boundary layer meteorology
Air-sea interaction

Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt

College/School:


School of Environment and Sustainability

Office Location:


NHRC 1018

Biography:


Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt joined the U of S and the Global Institute for Water Security in February 2012. Previously, Karl-Erich worked as a Hydrologic Modelling Engineer for the Department of Water Stewardship with the Government of Manitoba.

Designations:


PhD, Technical University of Berlin, (Environmental Engineering)
Master of Applied Science, University of Toronto, (Mechanical Engineering)
BSc, University of Manitoba, (Mechanical Engineering)

Areas of Interest:


Surface water quality modelling
River ice processes
Climate change and river morphology
Flood and flood risk management

Saman Razavi

College/School:


School of Environment and Sustainability

Office Location:


NHRC 1020

Biography:


Saman received a Ph.D. (2013) in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and also holds M.Sc. (2004) and B.Sc. (2002) degrees in civil engineering from Amirkabir University and Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran. His research interests include environmental and water resources systems analysis, hydrologic model development and calibration, single- and multiple-objective optimization and uncertainty estimation, as well as climate change and impacts on hydrology and water resources. 

For more information, please consult his personal homepage.

Research Interests

  • Environmental and Water Resources Systems Planning and Management
  • Hydrologic and Groundwater Models Development and Calibration
  • Single- and Multi-objective Optimization and Uncertainty Analysis
  • Climate Change and Impacts on Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Reconstruction of Paleo-hydrology – Implications for Climate Change Analysis
  • Short-term and Long-term Rainfall and runoff forecasting
  • Surrogate Modeling, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning

Professional Experience

  • Peer Reviewer for Scientific Journals: Water Resources Research, Hydrological Processes, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, Environmental Modelling & Software, Water Resources Management, Journal of Hydroinformatics, Neurocomputing, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, and Journal of Hydrologic Engineering.
  • Organizer and Co-Instructor, one-day workshop titled “Applications of Artificial Neural Networks and fuzzy set theory and in water engineering” in Water Research Institute, Ministry of Energy, Tehran, Iran, March 2006
  • Member of Academic Committee, Students of the Water Institute Graduate Section (SWIGS), Sep 2011 – April 2013
  • Water Councillor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Association (CE2GA), University of Waterloo, May 2011- April 2012
  • Vice President Communications, Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Association (CE2GA), University of Waterloo, May 2010 - Apr 2011
Saman Razavi
water