Dr. Philip Marsh
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Cold Regions Water Science
Contact InformationEmail: email@example.com
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.2856
Office Location: 3E18
Personal Website: http://philipmarsh.ca
PhD, McMaster University, 1983
MSc, McMaster University, 1978
BA, York University, 1975
I recieved my Ph.D. from McMaster University in 1983. After my Ph.D. I was a research Scientist at Environment Canada's National Hydrology Research Centre in Saskatoon until the summer of 2013 when I moved from NHRC to take up a Canada Research Chair position in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier.
Since my first research field trip to Ellesmere Is. in 1975, my research has focussed exculsively on the hydrology of Arctic Canada with a focus on the effects of snow, ice, permafrost on the hydrology of key northern ecosystems. To this has included the Canadian Arctic Islands, the Western Canadian Arctic and the Mackenzie River Basin. Over the last 20 years this research program has focussed on (1) the hydrology of upland watersheds in the Western Canadian Arctic, and (2) the hydrology of the Mackenzie Delta. In both cases, I have worked with ecologists to better understand the interactions between hydrology and ecology.
My recent upland hydrology studies, including the focus of my Canada Research Chair Program, have focussed on the impact of a changing climate on the increase of shrubs across the tundra, and the resulting impact of this on snow, soil moisture, permafrost and runoff. I collaborate with a number of colleagues on research in the Taiga Plains region of the NWT.
My Mackenzie Delta research has focussed on understanding the hydrology of this unique northern ecosystem where I have worked closely with Dr. Lance Lesack at Simon Fraser University.This collaborative research program has considered the hydrology of the approximately 50,000 lakes in the delta, and understanding the flooding of these lakes due to Mackenzie River discharge and ice jams, storm surges and changing sea level of the Beaufort Sea, and changes in local climate.
Dr. Philip Marsh is a Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and a member of the Cold Regions Research Centre. Facilities included instrumented research basins in the NWT and the new Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science at Laurier.
Further information can be found at: philipmarsh.ca
Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Positions in Arctic Snow Hydrology
Postdoctoral (2) and MSc and PhD positions (3) are available in a growing, and well-funded, research program focussed on expanding our understanding of the impact of a changing climate on the hydrology of the Canadian Arctic, with a focus on the snow component of the hydrological system and its interactions with climate, vegetation and permafrost. Field work will be carried out at a remote field camp located 50 km north of Inuvik, NWT, Canada, in the transition from northern boreal forest to tundra. Photos are available at:http://www.flickr.com/photos/
Applicants with appropriate academic backgrounds, outdoor experience, and/or modelling ability, are encouraged to apply. Research projects include:
1) Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship in Arctic Hydrology: This
Fellowship provides funding “to the very best postdoctoral applicants,
both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to
the country's economic, social and research‑based growth”. Full details
is available at: http://banting.fellowships-
2) Other Postdoctoral and Graduate research projects in Snow Hydrology could include:
- Controls on snow accumulation and melt across patchy (tundra, shrub, forest) environments
- The role of deep snow drifts in controlling streamflow
- Past changes in snow hydrology
- High resolution modelling of the interactions between snow, vegetation, active layer and runoff
- The impact of a changing climate on water resources
Candidates in a discipline related to the project (Geography, Hydrology, Ecology, Modelling), and with appropriate field or modelling experience are encouraged to submit a letter of interest as soon as possible including a letter of introduction, CV, names of three references, and a brief statement of research interest to the email below. Dr. Marsh will encourage appropriate applicants to submit full applications to the Department of Geography in order to begin programs in the fall of 2015 or winter of 2016.
Philip Marsh, Canada Research Chair, Cold Regions Research Centre,
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada