News Update March 2016

Students, staff and faculty celebrate water with World Water Day 2016; Jeff McDonnell wins the prestigious IAHS Dooge Medal; Lalita Bharadwaj discusses using two-eyed seeing in research.



Welcome Chris Morin
GIWS would like to formally welcome Chris Morin to the team! He will be taking over for Meagan Hinther as Communications Specialist for the duration of her maternity leave, which begins March 24. Chris joins us from the StarPhoenix where in addition to reporting he was the Digital Editor for the paper. Past jobs include Communications Officer with Parks Canada and a role as Arts Consultant for the Saskatchewan Arts Board. He holds a BA in Political Studies from the U of S and a certificate in Graphic Applications in Desktop Publishing – Communications and Public Relations from Concordia University. For the past ten years Chris has worked as a freelance features writer for numerous publications including The National Post, Planet S Magazine, The Toronto Star, News Talk Radio and more. He also runs, a daily music, arts and culture news blog. Chris can be reached via email at 

Graham Strickert Joins SENS Faculty
GIWS would like to congratulate Graham Strickert on his appointment SENS faculty as Assistant Professor, with term, in Human Dimensions of Sustainability, effective June 1, 2016. Strickert has held a post-doctoral fellowship in SENS and GIWS and is currently a research associate in GIWS. Strickert completed his PhD in complex systems at Lincoln University, New Zealand. His research focuses on the human dimensions of water security. 

2016 IAHS Dooge Medal
GIWS is pleased to congratulate Jeff McDonnell for receiving the prestigious 2016 Dooge Medal awarded by International Association of Hydrological Sciences, with UNESCO and the World Meteorological Association. This prize recognizes the outstanding achievements of hydrologists who have demonstrated scientific excellence, and have made fundamental contributions to the science of hydrology as evidenced by publications in the international scientific literature and other evidence of high standard.

World Water Day Poster Competition Winners
GIWS would like to congratulate the winners of World Water Day's poster competition:

Graduate Student Category
First prize—Hammad Javid
Second Prize—Mohammad Mahaninia
Third Prize—Lawrence D'Silva

Postdoctoral Category
First Prize: Amin Haghnegahdar


Freshwater Biodiversity Conservation
Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle is among the co-authors on 'Prioritizing management actions for the conservation of freshwater biodiversity under changing climate and land-cover,' a new paper published in Biological Conservation.

Plant Water Uptake
Jaivime Evaristo, Jeff McDonnell, Martha A. Scholl, L. Adrian Bruijnzeel and Kwok P. Chun have co-authored a new article, "Insights into plant water uptake from xylem-water isotope measurements in two tropical catchments with contrasting moisture conditions," which has been published in Hydrological Processes.

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