A research project co-led by University of Calgary Geography professor Dr. Scott Jasechko, has recently been selected to receive funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund.
Dr. Jasechko participated on CWN’s Student and Young Professional Committee from 2011 to 2015. We sat down with him to learn more about his project and how his previous involvement with Canadian Water Network played a part in his career.
The CFI-funded research program will lead to a clearer picture of two central components of life on Earth: water and carbon. Understanding movements of fresh water and carbon is vital in order to better understand the controls on ecosystem health, climate change and food security. The grant will form the foundation of a new state-of-the-art water chemistry laboratory equipped with equipment designed to track H2O and CO2 transportation.
The central long-term goals of our collaborative research program are to track where water goes when it rains and to measure movements of carbon dioxide moving around the planet. Our two central goals partially overlap. Flowing water also moves carbon, and carbon dioxide absorption and release hotspots are often located along river corridors and atop lakes.
Canadian Water Network played a crucial role in my graduate education in water resources research. I both attended and contributed to several multidisciplinary workshops across Canada, and hosted expert speaker webinars as a member of the Student and Young Professional Committee. Canadian Water Network opened my eyes to the diversity of lenses that social scientists, biologists, economists, engineers, geologists, food producers and other water data explorers view water through. I am thankful for CWN’s evidenced and continuing support for early career water leaders.
We wish Dr. Jasechko, his co-lead Brent Else and other team members the very best on their research project. Congratulations!