Climate change, intensifying land use and hydrologic manipulation all have an impact on watersheds. For example, if we change how the water flows through a landscape, we may affect how the ecosystem functions. As Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Ecosystems, Dr. Matthew Bogard is working to understand how continental aquatic networks—such as lakes, streams and reservoirs—are responding to changes like these.
He and his research team are using field, laboratory and model-based approaches to characterize how stressors reshape the aquatic cycling of nutrients, organic matter and greenhouse gases. Ultimately, they will provide new insights into the biogeochemical processes that underpin critical ecosystem services so that we can better sustain and manage Canada’s aquatic resources.