Current Research Groups working in Wolf Creek Watershed
McMaster Watershed Hydrology Group
Dr. Sean Carey is a Professor in the School of Earth, Environment and Society at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario where he leads the McMaster Watershed Hydrology Group.
Sean completed his PhD in Wolf Creek Watershed in 1999, which was the first graduate degree completed in WCRB. He has conducted research in WCRB and throughout all of Yukon for over 25 years, studying watershed hydrology, evaporative fluxes, biometeorology, water quality and runoff dynamics. He currently leads a group of PhD, Masters, and undergraduate students completing research projects in Wolf Creek Watershed - read about the current and previous projects below!
His broad research interests include hydrological and land surface processes in natural and human impacted environments. Prior to arriving to McMaster in 2011, he held positions at the University of Saskatchewan (2000-2004), and Carleton University (2004-2011).
Email: careysk "at" mcmaster.ca
Erin Nicholls, M.Sc.
Erin's PhD research in WCRB explores how vegetation change (i.e. treeline advance and shrubification) will impact water cycling and storage in subarctic, alpine landscapes. She uses eddy covariance and meteorological data to compare evaporation from lower elevation boreal forests and higher elevation shrub taiga. Her research will contribute to improved predictions of hydrologic response to changing precipitation regimes and increased air temperatures.
Email: nicholem "at" mcmaster.ca
Arsh Grewal, MSA.
Arsh is using hydrometric, meteorological, and water quality data to evaluate the influence of ground thermal status, precipitation, and antecedent conditions on storage and release of water in Yukon landscapes. His work is focused on WCRB and along the Dempster Highway.
Email: akgrewal "at" mcmaster.ca
Lauren Bourke, B.Sc.
Lauren's work evaluates how wetlands store and release water to the rest of the landscape. She is using hydrometric and stable water isotope data in conjunction with remote sensing to disentangle the role of alpine wetlands on watershed hydrology.
Email: bourkel "at" mcmaster.ca