As Canada’s driest large area, the prairies are particularly sensitive to hydroclimatic shifts. This region has experienced crippling droughts during the 20th century, but proxy records reveal periods of more extreme and prolonged aridity that predate the instrumental record. Although projections for this region include changes in temperature, streamflow and precipitation, there is still great uncertainty in how those changes link with other environmental processes. Researchers in our laboratory study the environment through the use of:
  • surface water and hydrologic budgets;
  • fluxes and accumulations of sediments across the landscape;
  • living things, including bacteria; 
  • ice and snowpack change
  • proxy records of past environmental conditions; and 
  • projections of future environmental conditions 
By studying the linkages among these factors, we aim to clarify our interpretation of proxy records of environmental change in the past, as well as our ability to make future projections informed by a process-based understanding. 

We are located at the University of Regina, in Saskatchewan and our research has taken us across Canada.