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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
July 1, 2015

Canadian Excellence

Dr. Philip Marsh

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Cold Regions Water Science

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.2856

Office Location: 3E18

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Academic Background

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.

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