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Philippe Van Cappellen

Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ecohydrology Laureate

Dr. Van Cappellen joined the University of Waterloo in 2011 as the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ecohydrology. Van Cappellen’s research group carries out fundamental and applied research in support of the sustainable use of water resources, that is, one that balances society’s water needs with those of natural ecosystems. What sets the group apart is the vast range of spatial and temporal scales covered by its research activities, from molecular-level studies on the processes that determine the chemical forms and bioavailability of nutrients and pollutants, to global scale assessments of anthropogenic perturbations of the hydrological and biogeochemical cycles. Prior to his arrival in Canada, Van Cappellen was the Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Global Environmental Studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, and Professor of Geochemistry at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. At Utrecht University he founded the Centre for Soil, Water and Coastal Resources.  He is currently the president of the International Society of Environmental Biogeochemistry (ISEB). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Geochemical Society. He is a past recipient of the Werner Stumm Medal of the European Association of Geochemistry and the André Dumont Medal of Geologica Belgica. Van Cappellen serves on numerous international scientific committees and advisory boards. In June of 2018, he co-chaired the First International Conference on Water Security held in Toronto.