Civil and Environmental Engineering
Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Waterloo
Office: Engineering 2 (E2) 2327
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 37917 (E2 office)
Research in our lab revolves around an interest in understanding and modeling the hydrology and biogeochemistry of human-impacted systems in the Anthropocene.
The Basu Lab at Waterloo is a diverse group of researchers utilizing tools from environmental science, engineering and the social sciences to explore water-related issues integral to the functioning of human-impacted systems.
As part of our research, we ask the following types of questions:
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Recent Team News
July 12, 2019 - Joy Liu presented a poster titled 'Checkered Landscapes: Spatial Targeting of Watershed Management Practices to Minimize Time Lags ' at the joint meeting of the 27th Annual Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics and the Canadian Geophysical Union in Montreal, QC.
June 19-21, 2019 - Nandita and Joy Liu traveled to Denmark to attend the 3rd Annual LEAP Meeting at the University of Copenhagen.
June 6, 2019 - Nandita received the 2018 Outstanding Performance Award for her outstanding contribution in both teaching and scholarship. Congratulations Nandita!
May 24-30, 2019 - Basu Lab members are volunteering at the Waterloo-Wellington Children's Groundwater Festival, sharing the importance of water conservation with local elementary students.
May 15-17, 2019 - The Basu Lab traveled to Saskatoon, SK to present research and share ideas at the Global Water Futures Annual Science Meeting. Nandita and Melani gave talks about their work, while John and Lamisa presented posters on their research.
May 10, 2019 - John Dony has been awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)! Congrats John!
May 6, 2019 - Congratulations to Melani Samson for successfully completing her Master's Seminar on her research, 'The Urban Metabolism of the Greater Toronto Area: A Study of Nitrogen and Phosphorus across and Urban, Suburban, and Rural Continuum'. Great job Melani!
April 2, 2019 - Tyler Hampton presented a poster at EGU in Vienna on his work titled, 'Flow changes at the annual versus seasonal scale following wildfire in the American West'.
April 1, 2019 - Tyler Hampton received the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship! Congratulations Tyler!!
April 1, 2019 - Idhaya Ilampooranan successfully defended his PhD (title: Modeling Nutrient Legacies and Time Lags - A Midwestern Case Study). Great job Idhaya!
March 22, 2019 - World Water Day at the University of Waterloo. The Basu Lab participated through poster presentations (Danyka), lightning talks (Alex & Joy) and videos about Canadian water issues (John, Tyler, & Lamisa).
March 26, 2019 - Nandita was an invited speaker at SESYNC in Annapolis, Maryland. Her seminar, titled "A Race against Time", will focus on nutrient legacies and time lags.
March 29, 2019 - Nandita was one of the keynote speakers at the annual AGU Hydrology Days in Colorado! She gave the Borland Hydrology Lecture on Friday, titled "Signatures of Human Impact".
March 8, 2019 - Joy Liu won 3rd place at the Civil and Environmental Engineering heat of the University of Waterloo 3 Minute Thesis competition! Great job Joy!
February 28, 2019 - Nandita and Kim both presented on their legacy phosphorus work at ASLO 2019 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
February 11, 2019 - Nandita was an invited speaker for the Stanford Woods seminar! Her talk was titled, "Signatures of Human Impact: Legacies, Climate Change and the Future of Our Waters".
February 4, 2019 - Meghan McLeod won the Best Undergraduate Poster award at the 2019 World Wetlands Day Symposium at University of Waterloo. Congratulations Meghan!
February 4, 2019 - Tyler Hampton presented his work at the 2019 World Wetlands Day Symposium at the University of Waterloo.
Dec, 2018 - Nandita was recognized with the Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision from the Faculty of Engineering. Congratulations Nandita!
Dec 12, 2018 - Nandita interviewed by The Record about the impacts proposed Bill 66 could have on our environment. Read the full article here.
Dec 10-14, 2018 - The Basu Lab attends AGU 2018!
Stop by one of the presentations or poster sessions to see the great work being done by the Basu Lab group (see schedule below).
Dec 6, 2018 - Nandita was an invited speaker for the Michigan Drinking Water Workshop at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She was a lead-off speaker in a session focused on Source Water Issues.
Dec 5, 2018 - The Basu Lab was part of the Local Water Solutions workshop in Waterloo, engaging with stakeholders from around the Great Lakes Region. As the principal investigator, Nandita presented about her project Lake Futures and Kim presented about the project LEAP as a co-investigator. Many of our students were part of the poster session, displaying their research in an innovative way.
Nov 15, 2018: Nandita was a invited speaker at Ohio State University for their SENR Seminar Series. Her talk was titled "Back to the Future: How Past Land Use Impacts current Water Quality".
Nov 8, 2018: Congratulations to Kim who was offered a faculty position at the University of Illinois, Chicago! She'll be starting the position in January.
November 2018: We're excited to announce Fred and Nandita won the 2017 Water Resources Research Editors' Choice Award for their paper entitled "Role of small water bodies in landscape nutrient processing".
October 2018: John received the UW Provost Graduate Scholarship for his master's studies. Congrats!
July 23-26, 2018: Nandita is an invited speaker this week at the Sixth Interagency Conference on Research in Watersheds (ICRW) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The conference will explore research and adaptive management approaches to meet challenges associates with landscape disturbance, nutrient and pollutant loading, hydrologic alterations, invasive species, etc.
June 2018: We're excited to announce that Fred won the AGU 2018 Horton (Hydrology) Research Grant to study reactive interfaces in agroecosystems. Congrats, Fred!
14 June 2018: Kim presented her work on landscape nutrient legacies at the 2018 Chesapeake Bay Modeling Symposium in Annapolis, MD!
11-14 June 2018: We sent our biggest conference contingent yet to the annual CGU Meeting! Fred won the CGU 2018 Award for Best Student Paper!
7 June 2018: Fred represented the Basu Lab at GRADTalks for Drinking Water at the University of Waterloo!
4 June 2018: Joy, Melani, Kim, and Nandita to present their work at the Global Water Futures Annual Scientific Meeting! Special congrats to Kim for winning best presentation for postdoctoral fellows!
25 May 2018: Congrats to Danyka for receiving the well-deserved Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship for your master's program!
20-24 May 2018: Kim, Fred and Nandita presented their work at the SFS Annual Meeting! Check our the schedule here!
20 May 2018: Wow! Great job Tyler for receiving the prestigious Ontario Trillium Scholarship for your PhD!
14 May 2018: The Basu Lab family is getting larger! Welcome to postdoctoral fellow Richard Marinos from Dr. Bernhardt's research group at Duke University. So excited to have you join us!
30 Apr 2018: Welcome to visiting PhD student Shanghua Li who came all the way from Germany!
10 Apr 2018: Nandita gets recognized for outstanding research at with the Engineering Research Excellence Award!
22 Mar 2018: A big congrats to Kim and Nandita for getting their legacy paper published in Science! Read more about the paper in the New York Times, The Guardian, and NPR!
22 Mar 2018: Congrats Fred for winning best poster in hydrological sciences at the World Water Day research symposium!
2 Mar 2018: Four of our graduate students competed at the Civil and Environmental Engineering 3 Minute Thesis heat. Good job Alex, Danyka, Fred and Joy! Congrats to Fred for coming third! Check out the talks here!
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