Research Team

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Postdoctoral Fellows:

Dr. Bahaa Khalil

Dr. Bahaa Khalil is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Statistical Hydrology in the Department of Bioresource Engineering at McGill University under the supervision of Prof. Adamowski. He also supports Professor Jan Adamowski as the Associate Director of the Integrated Water Resources Management Program.  Originally from Egypt, he completed his undergraduate and Master’s degrees there. Dr. Khalil then completed a PhD in statistical hydrology at the Centre Eau Terre Environnement at l'Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) in Quebec City, Canada. His research activities revolve around assessment and redesign of environmental monitoring networks, water quality assessment, statistical hydrology, and hydrologic and water quality modeling. He has 18 years of research experience with 50 publications in peer reviewed journals, conference proceedings and technical reports.


Khalil, B. and J. Adamowski (In press). Evaluation of the performance of eight record extension techniques under different levels of association, presence of outliers and different sizes of concurrent records: A Monte Carlo study. Water Resources Management.

Khalil B., C. Ou, S. Proulx-Mclnnis, A. St-Hilaire and E. Zanacic (2014). Statistical Analyses of the adequacy of the surface water quality monitoring network in Saskatchewan. Canadian Water Resources Journal. Water Air and Soil Pollution, 225 (10): 2128

Khalil, B. and J. Adamowski (2014). Comparison of OLS, ANN, KTRL, KTRL2, RLOC, and MOVE as record-extension techniques for water quality variables, Water Air and Soil Pollution, 225(6):1966

Belayneh A., J. Adamowski, B. Khalil, and B. Ozga-Zielinski (2014). Long-Term SPI drought forecasting in the Awash River Basin in Ethiopia using wavelet-neural network and wavelet-support vector regression models. Journal of Hydrology, 508, 418-429.

Nalley D., J. Adamowski, B. Khalil, and B. Ozga-Zielinski (2013). Trend detection in surface air temperature in Ontario and Quebec (1967 – 2006) using the discrete wavelet transform, Mann-Kendall trend test, and sequential Mann-Kendall analysis. Atmos. Res., 132, 375-398

Khalil, B., J. Adamowski, (2013). Editorial: Towards a Consistent Approach for the Assessment and Redesign of Surface Water Quality Monitoring Networks. Irrigat Drainage Sys Eng 2:e113. doi:10.4172/2168-9768.1000e113

Ou C., A. St-Hilaire, T.B.M.J. Ouarda, F.M. Conly, N. Armstrong, B. Khalil, and S. Proulx-McInnis (2012). Coupling Geostatistical Approaches with PCA and Fuzzy Optimal Model (FOM) for the Integrated Assessment of Sampling Locations of Water Quality Monitoring Networks (WQMN), Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 14, 3118-3128.

Khalil, B., S. Borda, J. Adamowski, B. Ozga-Zielinski, and A. Donohoe (In Press). Short-term forecasting of groundwater levels under tailings recharge using Wavelet Ensemble Neural Network models. Hydrogeology Journal.


Dr. Wietske Medema

Dr. Wietske Medema is a Post-doctoral Fellow in Water Resources Management in the Department of Bioresource Engineering at McGill University under the supervision of Prof. Adamowski. She also supports Professor Jan Adamowski as the Associate Director of the Integrated Water Resources Management Program. Originally from the Netherlands, she completed her undergraduate and Master’s degrees there. After working for over three years in Sri Lanka, involved in water and environmental projects in the areas of institutional development, capacity building and stakeholder participation, she completed a PhD at Cranfield University in the UK that was funded through an EU project called NeWater. This research project focused on the implementation of Adaptive and Integrated Water Resources Management approaches to deal with uncertainty and climate change. Wietske’s research interests and activities at McGill focus on achieving sustainable land and water resources management policy and practice through stakeholder collaboration and social learning processes.


Orr C J, Medema W. and Adamowski J. (2014). Exploring the Legitimacy of Collaborative Water Governance in Quebec. Conference paper for the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) conference in Hamilton, ON.

Medema W., Wals A. and Adamowski J. (2014). Multi-loop Social Learning for Sustainable Land and Water Governance: Towards a Research Agenda on the Potential of Virtual Learning Platforms. NJAS Wageningen J. Life Sci. 

Medema, W., Light, S. and Adamowski, J. (2013). Integrating adaptive learning into water resources management. Journal of Environmental Engineering and Management.

Medema, W., Light, S., and Adamowski, J. (2013). Applying collaborative adaptive management. Journal of Sustainable Development.

Adamowski, J., Zyla C, Cuenca, E., Medema, W., Clamen, M. and Reig, P. (2013). Integrated and adaptive water resources planning, management and governance. Water Resources Publications LLP. Colorado, USA. pp. 220.

Medema, W. (2009). Integrated Water Resources Management and Adaptive Management: Shaping Science and Practice. PhD thesis, Cranfield University.

Medema, W., B.S. McIntosh, and P.J. Jeffrey (2008). From Premise to Practice: a Critical Assessment of Integrated Water Resources Management and Adaptive Management Approaches in the Water Sector. Ecology and Society, 13(2):29. 

Medema, W. and P.J. Jeffrey (2007). Factors which mediate implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management: Evidence from the Rhine Basin. Presented at the CAIWA International Conference on Adaptive & Integrated Water Management, 12-15 November 2007, Basel, Switserland. Published in conference proceedings. 

Medema, W. and P.J. Jeffrey (2006). A review of the Adaptive Management Theory in the context of Integrated Water Resources Management. Presented at American Water Resources Association Conference on Adaptive Management of Water Resources, 26-28 June 2006, Missoula, Montana, USA. Published in conference proceedings.

Pahl-Wostl, C., Isendahl, N., Moellenkamp, S., Brugnach, M., Jeffrey, P.J., Medema, W., de Vries, T. (2006). Paradigms in Water Management. NeWater Project Deliverable D 1.1.2. 

Medema, W. and P. Jeffrey (2005). IWRM and Adaptive Management: Synergy or Conflict? NeWater Working Paper 7.


Dr. Rahim Barzegar

Dr. Rahim Barzegar is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Statistical Hydrology in the Department of Bioresource Engineering at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Jan Adamowski. He obtained a PhD and MSc in Hydrogeology and a BSc in Geology from the University of Tabriz, Iran. His primary research interest is in the exploration of new methods in machine learning- and deep learning-based hydrological forecasting. Dr. Barzegar’s other research interests include heavy metal contamination and groundwater vulnerability. He has 6 years of research experience with over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and technical reports. He has helped to supervise 10 master’s theses, and has acted as a reviewer for over 30 international peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Barzegar’s significant contributions to his field have been recognized with several awards, including the Education Award from Iran's National Elites Foundation (INEF) from 2017-2019, Researcher of the Year in the Fundamental Sciences in 2018 (an Ali Polad Award), and PhD Student of the Year in 2016 from Iran’s Geological Society.


Rahim Barzegar, Mahsa Ghasri, Zhimimg Qi, John Quilty, Jan Adamowski: Using bootstrap ELM and LSSVM models to estimate river ice thickness in the Mackenzie River Basin in the Northwest Territories, Canada. Journal of Hydrology 2019; 577:123903. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.06.075.

Rahim Barzegar, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, Jan Adamowski, Amir Hossein Nazemi: Delimitation of groundwater zones under contamination risk using a bagged ensemble of optimized DRASTIC frameworks. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 2019; DOI: 10.1007/s11356-019-04252-9.

Rahim Barzegar, Masoud Sattarpour, Ravinesh Deo, Elham Fijani, Jan Adamowski: An ensemble tree-based machine learning model for predicting the uniaxial compressive strength of travertine rocks. Neural Computing and Applications 2019; DOI: 10.1007/s00521-019-04418-z.

Rahim Barzegar, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, Shahrokh Norallahi, Azhar Inam, Jan Adamowski, Mohammadreza Alizadeh, Jessica Bou Nassar: Modification of the DRASTIC Framework for Mapping Groundwater Vulnerability Zones. Groundwater Journal.

Rahim Barzegar, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, Shahla Soltani, Narges Baomid, Evangelos Tziritis, Jan Adamowski, Azhar Inam: Natural and anthropogenic origins of selected trace elements in the surface waters of Tabriz area, Iran. Environmental Earth Sciences 2019; 78:254. DOI: 10.1007/s12665-019-8250-z.

Fatemeh Kadkhodaie, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, Rahim Barzegar, Maryam Gharekhani, Ali Kadkhodaie: Optimizing the DRASTIC vulnerability approach to overcome the subjectivity: a case study from Shabestar plain, Iran. Arabian Journal of Geosciences 2019, 12:527. DOI: 10.1007/s12517-019-4647-y.

Rahim Barzegar, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, Jan Adamowski, Amir Hossein Nazemi: Assessing the potential origins and human health risks of trace elements in groundwater: A case study in the Khoy plain, Iran. Environmental Geochemistry and Health 2018; 1-22, DOI: 10.1007/s10653-018-0194-9.

Rahim Barzegar, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, AmirHossein Nazemi, Jan Adamowski: Evidence for the occurrence of hydrogeochemical processes in the groundwater of Khoy plain, northwestern Iran, using ionic ratios and geochemical modeling. Environmental Earth Sciences 2018; DOI: 10.1007/s12665-018-7782-y.

Elham Fijani, Rahim Barzegar, Ravinesh Deo, Evangelos Tziritis, Scordas Konstantinos: Design and implementation of a hybrid model based on two-layer decomposition method coupled with extreme learning machines to support real-time environmental monitoring of water quality parameters. Science of The Total Environment 2019; 648:839-853., DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.221.

Rahim Barzegar, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, Ravinesh Deo, Elham Fijani, Evangelos Tziritis: Mapping groundwater contamination risk of multiple aquifers using multi-model ensemble of machine learning algorithms. Science of The Total Environment 2018; 621C:697–712., DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.185.

Somayeh Esmaeili, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, Rahim Barzegar, Evangelos Tziritis: Multivariate statistics and hydrogeochemical modeling for source identification of major elements and heavy metals in the groundwater of Qareh-Ziaeddin plain, NW Iran. Arabian Journal of Geosciences 2018; 11(1)., DOI:10.1007/s12517-017-3317-1.

Rahim Barzegar, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, Shahla Soltani, Elham Fijani, Evangelos Tziritis, Naeimeh Kazemian: Heavy Metal(loid)s in the Groundwater of Shabestar Area (NW Iran): Source Identification and Health Risk Assessment. Water Quality Exposure and Health 2017;, DOI:10.1007/s12403-017-0267-5.

Ali Rezaei, Hossein Hassani, Mohammad Hayati, Nima Jabbari, Rahim Barzegar: Risk assessment and ranking of heavy metals concentration in Iran’s Rayen groundwater basin using linear assignment method. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 2017;, DOI:10.1007/s00477-017-1477-x.

Evangelos P. Tziritis, Partha S. Datta, Rahim Barzegar: Characterization and Assessment of Groundwater Resources in a Complex Hydrological Basin of Central Greece (Kopaida basin) with the Joint Use of Hydrogeochemical Analysis, Multivariate Statistics and Stable Isotopes. Aquatic Geochemistry 2017;, DOI:10.1007/s10498-017-9322-x.

Rahim Barzegar, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, Evangelos Tziritis: Erratum to: Assessing the hydrogeochemistry and water quality of the Aji-Chay River, northwest of Iran. Environmental Earth Sciences 2017; 76(544)., DOI:10.1007/s12665-017-6837-9.

Shahla Soltani, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, Rahim Barzegar, Naeimeh Kazemian, Evangelos Tziritis: Hydrogeochemistry and water quality of the Kordkandi-Duzduzan plain, NW Iran: application of multivariate statistical analysis and PoS index. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 2017; 189(9):455., DOI:10.1007/s10661-017-6171-4.

Rahim Barzegar, Elham Fijani, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, Evangelos Tziritis: Forecasting of groundwater level fluctuations using ensemble hybrid multi-wavelet neural network-based models. Science of The Total Environment 2017; 599(600C):20-31., DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.04.189.

Rahim Barzegar, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, Evangelos Tziritis, Mir Sajjad Fakhri, Shahla Soltani: Identification of hydrogeochemical processes and pollution sources of groundwater resources in the Marand plain, northwest of Iran. Environmental Earth Sciences 2017; 76(7):296., DOI:10.1007/s12665-017-6612-y.

Rahim Barzegar, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, Evangelos Tziritis: Hydrogeochemical features of groundwater resources in Tabriz plain, northwest of Iran. Applied Water Science 2017;, DOI:10.1007/s13201-017-0550-4.

Rahim Barzegar, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, Jan Adamowski, Bogdan Ozga-Zielinski: Multi-step water quality forecasting using a boosting ensemble multi-wavelet extreme learning machine model. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 2017;, DOI:10.1007/s00477-017-1394-z.

Rahim Barzegar, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, Evangelos Tziritis: Assessing the hydrogeochemistry and water quality of the Aji–Chay River, northwest of Iran. Environmental Earth Sciences 2016; 75(23)., DOI:10.1007/s12665-016-6302-1.

Rahim Barzegar, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, Jan Adamowski, Elham Fijani: Comparison of machine learning models for predicting fluoride contamination in groundwater. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 2016;, DOI:10.1007/s00477-016-1338-z.

Rahim Barzegar, Masoud Sattarpour, Mohammad Reza Nikudel, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam: Comparative evaluation of artificial intelligence models for prediction of uniaxial compressive strength of travertine rocks, Case study: Azarshahr area, NW Iran. 2016; 2(2)., DOI:10.1007/s40808-016-0132-8.

Rahim Barzegar, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam: Combining the advantages of neural networks using the concept of committee machine in the groundwater salinity prediction. Modeling Earth Systems and Environment 2016; 2(1)., DOI:10.1007/s40808-015-0072-8.

Rahim Barzegar, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, Hamed Baghban: A supervised committee machine artificial intelligent for improving DRASTIC method to assess groundwater contamination risk: a case study from Tabriz plain aquifer, Iran. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 2016; 30(3):883-899., DOI:10.1007/s00477-015-1088-3.

Rahim Barzegar, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, Mortaza Najib, Naeimeh Kazemian, Jan Adamowski: Characterization of hydrogeologic properties of the Tabriz plain multi-layer aquifer system, NW Iran. Arabian Journal of Geosciences 2016; 9(2)., DOI:10.1007/s12517-015-2229-1.

Rahim Barzegar, Jan Adamowski, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam: Application of wavelet-artificial intelligence hybrid models for water quality prediction: A case study in Aji-Chay River, Iran. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 2016; 30(7)., DOI:10.1007/s00477-016-1213-y.

Rahim Barzegar, Asghar Asghari Moghaddam, Naeimeh Kazemian: Assessment of heavy metals concentrations with emphasis on arsenic in the Tabriz plain aquifers, Iran. Environmental Earth Sciences 2015; 74:297–313., DOI:10.1007/s12665-015-4123-2.


PhD Students

Julien Malard

Julien Malard is from Montréal, Canada and holds a B.Sc. (Agr.Env.Sc.) in International Agriculture and Food Systems (2014) from McGill. His current research interests involve the use of systems dynamics models to evaluate the sustainability of alternative agricultural development approaches (subsistence versus market-based) in the tropics and to evaluate potential policy alternatives for enhanced food security, as well as the use of participatory approaches for the development of more integrated decision support systems for pest management. His past research work includes research on biochar systems in Tamil Nadu in India (NSERC USRA 2013), on functional traits of invasive plant species in Québec, and on plant-bacteria signal interactions (NSERC USRA 2012). He has also given poster presentations on biochar at the McGill 2013 Global Food Security Conference as well as at the 2013 EcoFest at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (Coimbatore, India), and ran a farmer extension workshop on biochar production and application in Tamil Nadu (India). Julien is currently president of the Macdonald Campus Committee for Environmental Responsibility, Education and Sustainability (CERES), through which he organises various sustainability projects and events including ecological plantings, energy efficiency consulting services for local businesses, and a stakeholder consultation programme for integrated waste management on campus.


Araghi, A., Baygi, M.M., Hasheminia, S.M., Nalley, D., Malard, J. and Adamowski, J. Using wavelet transforms to estimate surface temperature trends and dominant periodicities in Iran based on gridded reanalysis data. Submitted to Atmospheric Research.

Malard, J., Mahendiran, R., Angeeswaran, R., Singaravelu, M., Kamaraj, S., and V. Raghavan. Agronomic potential and socioeconomic analysis of small-scale on-farm biochar production systems in Tamil Nadu, India (To be submitted).

Malard, J., Tulk, P., Toubin-Dubé, V., Nagaraj, Mahendiran, R., Angeeswaran, R., Singaravelu, M., Kamaraj, S., and V. Raghavan. Application of biochar to non-saline sodic soils: a novel approach for the reduction of soil sodicity (To be submitted).

Malard, J., Kamaraj, S., Mani, S., Venkatachalam, P., and V. Raghavan. Opportunities for enhancing quality and production of foods by small-scale farms. Presented in the McGill Global Food Security Conference 2013, Oct. 8-9th in Montréal, Québec, Canada (Poster presentation).

Malard, J., Singaravelu, M., Angeeswaran, R., Mahendiran, R. and S. Kamaraj. Suitability of biochar for small-scale farming in Tamil Nadu, India. Presented at the 7th National Level Symposium- Ecofest 2013, July 26-27 at the Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India (Oral presentation).

Malard, J. Biochar: suitable for alkaline soils? Presented at the 7th National Level Symposium- Ecofest 2013, July 26-27 at the Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India (Poster presentation).


John Quilty

John is a young engineer from Ottawa, Ontario where he obtained his Bachelor of Civil Engineering with a Concentration in Management from Carleton University.  John has over 5 years of work experience in a drinking water utility where he specialized in automated metering infrastructure data analysis and project management for fire line water meter maintenance and testing. John’s PhD research is focused on developing novel urban water demand forecasting tools and applications to aid water utilities with demand-side management approaches.  His research interests include input variable selection, adaptive signal analysis, wavelet transforms, machine learning methods, multi-model ensembles, and forecast model uncertainty assessments (i.e. Bayesian or Bootstrap). John has worked on several hydrological and water resources forecasting projects including: drought forecasting using the Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) in the Awash River Basin (Ethiopia), flood forecasting in the Upper Narew watershed (Poland), urban water demand forecasting in Ottawa (Canada), pan evaporation modeling in the Karso watershed (India), and drought forecasting using the Effective Drought Index (EDI) in Port Arlington (Australia).


Manish Kumar Goyal, Birendra Bharti, John Quilty, Jan Adamowski, Ashish Pandey: Modeling of daily pan evaporation in sub tropical climates using ANN, LS-SVR, Fuzzy Logic, and ANFIS. Expert Syst. Appl. 41(11): 5267-5276 (2014).

Ciupak M, Ozga-Zielinski B, Adamowski J, Khalil B, Quilty J . The application of dynamic linear Bayesian methods for hydrological forecasting: Matrix normal regression and multivariate discount weighted regression. Journal of Hydrology.

Belayneh A, Adamowski J, Khalil B, Quilty J, Ozga-Zielinski B. 2013. Forecasting drought using bootstrap and machine learning techniques. Canadian Society of Civil Engineering Conference. May 29-June 1, 2013. Montreal, Canada.

John Quilty, Jan Adamowski, Bahaa Khalil, Maheswaran Rathinasamy. A novel nonlinear forecasting and input variable selection methodology for machine learning urban water demand forecast models based on Conditional Mutual Information for real-valued signals (CMIr). To be submitted to Water Resources Research.

John Quilty, Jan Adamowski, Bahaa Khalil, Maheswaran Rathinasamy. Comparisons between the Hilbert-Huang and Wavelet transforms for forecasting urban water demand at multiple scales.  A case study using multi-scale-hybrid and information theoretic machine learning based approaches.  To be submitted to Advances in Water Resources.


Deasy Nalley

Deasy Nalley was born and grew up in Indonesia. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Department of Bioresource Engineering in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill University under the supervision of Prof. Jan Adamowski. She also completed her M.Sc. degree from the same department in 2013 under the supervision of Prof. Adamowski. In 2007, she obtained her B.Sc. degree (First Class Honors) in Environmental Science at the University of Calgary. Her research interests are in the area of trend detection and analysis of hydrological data (e.g. streamflow and precipitation) using wavelet transform approaches. Currently, Deasy is working in analyzing how large scale climate indices influence the dynamics of precipitation and streamflow in Canada.


Nalley, D., Adamowski, J., Khalil, B. 2012. Using discrete wavelet transforms to analyze trends in streamflow and precipitation in Quebec and Ontario (1954-2008). Journal of Hydrology, 475: 204-228. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.09.049.

Nalley, D., Adamowski, J., Khalil, B., Ozga-Zielinski, B. 2013. Trend detection in surface air temperature in Ontario and Quebec, Canada during 1967-2006 using the discrete wavelet transform. Atmospheric Research, 132-133: 375-398. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2013.06.011.

Nalley, D., Adamowski, J., Khalil, B. 2012. Co-utilizing the wavelet transform technique and the Mann-Kendall test to detect trends in streamflow over southern Ontario and Quebec (1954 – 2008). Northeast Agricultural and Biological Engineering Conference (NABEC-CSBE/SCGAB) Joint Meeting and Technical Conference. July 15 – 18, Orillia, Ontario.

Maghrebi, M., Nalley, D. (The authors are listed in an alphabetical order and they have equal contributions towards the article). 2013. Water quantity as a driver of change in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin. Great Lakes Future Project (GLFP). January 5 – 9, Ann Harbor, Michigan.

Nalley, D., Adamowksi, J., Khalil, B. 2013. Analyzing the influence of large-scale climate indices on streamflow trends in Ontario using wavelet analysis. Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA). May 29 – 30, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Nalley, D., Adamowski, J., Khalil, B. 2013. Trends in monthly and annual total precipitation in southern Quebec and Ontario, Canada during 1954-2008. Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE). May 29 – June 1, Montreal, Quebec.

Nalley, D., Adamowksi, J., Khalil, B., Ozga-Zielinski, B. 2013. Utilizing wavelet transforms and the Mann-Kendall test to assess trends in surface air temperature over southern Ontario and Quebec. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). July 21 – 24, Kansas City, Missouri.

Nalley, D., Adamowksi, J., Khalil, B. 2014. Analyzing the relationship between El-Nino Southern Oscillation and streamflow in Ontario and Quebec using wavelet transforms. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). July 13 – 16, Montreal, Quebec.


Vijay Kolinjivadi

Vijay Kolinjivadi was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has lived and worked extensively in various countries, having completed a B.Sc Honours in Ecology at the University of Edinburgh in 2006 and an M.Sc. in Environmental Policy and Regulation at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009. His interests have focused on sustainability issues ranging from novel governance arrangements for water resource management to incentive-based mechanisms for natural resource management. Before beginning his PhD at McGill, he worked in Singapore developing environmental education curricula in public schools, in Kenya as a UNEP intern for the follow-up of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, as well as in Indonesia researching reward mechanisms for sustainable forest management and poverty reduction with CIFOR. Currently, the focus of his research at McGill is a critical analysis of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) in improving water quality between upstream land-users and downstream beneficiaries (with case studies in Nepal and Kyrgysztan). His research involves the consideration of social justice in payments design, methodological tools for designing payments through deliberative negotiation, and understanding the influence of payment on promoting pro-environmental behaviour. He is an avid reader, biker and traveler.


Kolinjivadi, V. (2012). The Construction of Perceptions on the Environmental and Managerial Considerations of an Urban Green Space. International Journal of Public Opinion Research. doi: 10.1093/ijpor/eds013.

Kolinjivadi, V. and Sunderland, T. (2012). A Review of Two Payment Schemes for Watershed Services from China and Vietnam: the Interface of Government Control and PES Theory. Ecology and Society 17 (4): 10.

“Economic Growth is Killing Us”, Truthout, 21 January, 2014:

“Losing our pigs and our ancestors: threats to livelihoods and environment of Papua New Guinea”, Mongabay, 27 October, 2011:

International Society of Ecological Economics: Well-Being and equity within planetary boundaries:  “Nested Institutions for the governance of ecosystem services on a finite planet.” August 13-15, 2014. Reykjavik, Iceland.

Sociedad Mesoamericana Economia Ecologica (SMEE) ECOECO Alternativas: “Problemas de optimización en PSA en complejos sistemas socio-ecológicos”. March 6-8, 2014. San José, Costa Rica.

United States Society of Ecological Economics (USSEE). “The importance of ecosystem characteristics, governance arrangements and equity in understanding Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES)”. June 9-12, 2013. Burlington, VT, USA.

2013 Joint Scientific Congress: Bridging Environmental Science, Policy and Resource Management. “The consideration of equity in Payments for Watershed Services (PWS): An empirical analysis of designing PWS for enhancing human capabilities” May 25-30, 2013. Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

Second New Commons Workshop: Building Resilience with Common Capital. APN-DIVERSITAS-UN IHDP “A governance framework for the multidimensional consideration of well-being in payments for watershed services (PES) as a tool for integrated and adaptive water resource management.” May 27-30, 2012. Colombo, Sri Lanka.

FAO-ICIMOD. “Validating the New Generation of Watershed Management in Asia and the Pacific,” March 15-17, 2011, Kathmandu, Nepal.


Kate Reilly

Kate Reilly is from the UK and holds a BSc in ecological science from the University of Edinburgh, and an MSc in integrated water resources management from McGill University. She has worked at a UK-based consulting firm, analysing hydrological and water quality data for environmental flow assessments in several British rivers. She has also worked on analysis of European Union nature and biodiversity policy for a French consultancy. Kate’s PhD research is focused on implementation of environmental flow policies for ecosystem restoration and provision of ecosystem services.


Straith, Adamowski and Reilly, 2014. Exploring the behavioural attributes, strategies and contextual knowledge of champions of change in the Canadian water sector. Canadian Water Resources Journal. Accepted.

Reilly and Adamowski, 2014. Framing environmental flows as providers of ecosystem services: Implications for policy implementation. In preparation.

Reilly and Adamowski, 2014. Understanding disputes around environmental flows: the role of ecosystem services. ASABE and CSBE/SCGAB Annual International Meeting, Montreal, July 2014.

Kalil, Adamowski, Rojas and Reilly, 2014. Towards an independent dew water irrigation system for arid or insular areas. ASABE and CSBE/SCGAB Annual International Meeting, Montreal, July 2014.

Reilly and Adamowski, 2014. Institutional barriers to implementing environmental flows. Presentation at Water Initiative for the Future conference, Kingston, May 2014.

Ball, Reilly, Forsyth, Heal and Bonell, 2010. Hillslope hydrological processes and runoff generation at the Borthwick Water natural flood management site, Scottish Borders. British Hydrological Society Third International Symposium, Newcastle, UK, July 2010.


Azhar Baig

Muhammad Azhar Baig is from Pakistan, where he completed his Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) degree in water resources management from the Center of Excellence in Water Resources at the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore. He worked as a Senior Engineer in hydrology and sedimentation for a large scale dam feasibility study, and also designed irrigation canals. Currently, he is working as an Assistant Professor in one of the public sector universities in Pakistan, while simultaneously completing his PhD at McGill University. In his Ph.D. research, he is working on the novel concept of linking stakeholder built system dynamics models with a physical agricultural salinity model to create an overall decision support system. This coupled model will be helpful for efficient decision making and policy analysis related to soil salinity in agricultural watersheds in developing countries such as Pakistan. His prime area of interest is watershed modeling with a special emphasis on soil salinity management under arid climatic conditions.   


Inam, M.A., Adamowski, J., Halbe, J., Prasher, S.O., and Zaman, Q., (2014). Using Causal Loop Diagrams for the Initialization of Stakeholder Engagement in Soil Salinity Management in Agricultural Watersheds in Developing Countries: A Case Study in the Rechna Doab Watershed, Pakistan. Journal of Environmental Management (In Process)

Inam, M.A., Adamowski, J., Halbe, J., Prasher, S.O., and Zaman, Q. Development of Physical and Socio Economic Coupled Model for Assessing Soil  Salinity Management Problem in Rechna Doab Pakistan, I. Validation of SAHYS-DYNAMO (To be submitted). 

Inam, M.A., Adamowski, J., Halbe, J., Prasher, S.O., and Zaman, Q. Application of Physical and Socio Economic Coupled Model for Assessing Soil  Salinity Management Problem in Rechna Doab Pakistan, II. Application of SAHYS-DYNAMO (To be submitted). 

Inam, M.A., Prasher, S.O., and Adamowski, J., (2013). A Participatory System Dynamic Modeling Approach for Soil Salinity Management. Presented  in ASABE Conference, 2013 on July 22nd at Westin Kanas City, Missouri, USA (Poster presentation)

Inam, M.A., Prasher, S.O., Adamowski, J., and Zaman, Q., (2013). A Stakeholder Assisted Dynamic Model to Facilitate Groundwater Management on Watershed Scale. Presented in CSBE/SCGAB Conference, 2013 on July 8th at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (Oral presentation)


Johannes Halbe

Johannes Halbe is from Germany and has an interdisciplinary educational background with a Diploma degree in Civil Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.), and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Siegen, Germany. His research interests comprise methods and tools for analysing the water-energy-food nexus, as well as approaches to foster learning processes at the individual, community and societal level. In his PhD research at McGill, Johannes is applying participatory modelling using the methods of systems thinking and system dynamics. He has significant experience in applying these methods in stakeholder interviews and workshops. Case studies on sustainable water, food and energy management have been organized in Québec, Ontario, Cyprus and Germany, and he has also worked on the topic of malnutrition in Guatemala.


Halbe J., Pahl-Wostl C., Sendzimir J., Adamowski J., 2013. Towards adaptive and integrated management paradigms to meet the challenges of water governance. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply 67: 2651-2660.

Halbe J., Adamowski J., 2011. Use of participatory system dynamics modelling for collaborative watershed management in Québec, Canada. Journal of Agricultural Engineering 48: 2.           

Adamowski J., Halbe J., 2011. Participatory water resources planning and management in an agriculturally intensive watershed in Quebec, Canada, using stakeholder built system dynamics models. Journal of Land Reclamation 43: 3-11.

Halbe, J., Reusser, D. E., Holtz, G., Haasnoot, M., Stosius, A., Avenhaus, W., Kwakkel, J.. accepted. Lessons on the use of models for transition research. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions (accepted with minor revisions).

Halbe, J., Pahl-Wostl, C., Adamowski, J., in review. A framework to support the initiation, design, and evaluation of participatory modeling processes in water resources management. Water Resources Research.

Halbe, J., Adamowski J., Pahl-Wostl, C., in review. The role of paradigms in engineering education and practice for sustainable development. Journal of Cleaner Production.

Halbe, J. Adamowski, J., Bennett, E., Farahbakhsh, K., Pahl-Wostl, in review. Functional organization analysis for the design of sustainable engineering systems. Ecological Engineering.

Halbe, J., 2009. A Participatory Approach to Policy Assessment in Complex Human-Environment-Technology Systems - Application to Integrated Water Management in Cyprus. Diploma Thesis, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Siegen, Germany.

Halbe, J., 2008. An Evolutionary Perspective on Industrial Ecology. Bachelor Thesis, Department of Economics, University of Siegen, Germany.


Offer Rozenstein

Offer Rozenstein was born and raised in Israel.  He completed an undergraduate degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Geography and Environmental Development, and in Psychology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.  His Master’s degree (Cum Laude) in Desert Studies was received from the same university.  Offer is currently a PhD student at the Remote Sensing Laboratory at the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.  His research activities include remote sensing and geospatial analysis for environmental applications such as desertification, environmental monitoring, and precision agriculture.  In addition to a number of peer-reviewed journal publications, he has presented in over 30 conferences and workshops.  As an exchange student in the Department of Bioresource Engineering at McGill University under the supervision of Prof. Adamowski, he will develop novel precision agriculture methods. This innovative study will combine remote sensing in the reflective and thermal spectral regions for weed detection in crop fields in Quebec.  By applying herbicides only where weeds are detected, significantly less herbicides would be used, resulting in reduced costs, and increased environmental sustainability.   


Rozenstein, O., Karnieli, A., 2011. Comparison of methods for land-use classification incorporating remote sensing and GIS inputs. Applied Geography. 31: 533-544. 

Roskin J., Blumberg D.G., Porat N., Tsoar H., Rozenstein O., 2012. Do dune sands redden with age? The case of the northwestern Negev dunefield, Israel. Aeolian Research. 5: 63-75 

Rozenstein, O., Karnieli, A., 2014. Identification and characterization of biological soil crusts in a sand dune desert environment across Israel-Egypt border using LWIR emittance spectroscopy. Journal of Arid Environments. in press. 

Rozenstein, O., Devir, A., Karnieli, A., 2014. In-field absolute calibration of ground and airborne VIS-NIR-SWIR hyperspectral spectrometers. Remote Sensing. 6: 1158-1170.  

Rozenstein, O., Karnieli, A., Qin, Z., Derimian, Y., 2014. Derivation of land surface temperature for Landsat-8 TIRS using a split window algorithm. Sensors. 14: 5768-5780. 

Rozenstein, O., Zaady, E., Katra, I., Karnieli, A., Adamowski, J. and Yizhaq, H. 2014. The effect of sand grain size on the development of cyanobacterial biocrusts. Aeolian Research. in press. 

Rozenstein, O., Paz-Kagan, T., Salbach, C., Karnieli, A., Comparing the effect of spectral pre-processing on classification methods for hyperspectral soil measurements. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing. under review. 

Rozenstein, O., Agam, N., Serio, C., Masiello, G., Venafra, S., Stephen Achal, Eldon Puckrin, Karnieli, A., Diurnal Emissivity Dynamics in Bare vs. Biocrusted Sand Dunes. Science of the Total Environment. under review.


Mohammad Reza Alizadeh

Mohammad Reza Alizadeh is a PhD student in the Department of Bioresource Engineering at McGill University, working under the supervision of Dr. Jan Adamowski. Mr. Alizadeh received a BSc in Water Engineering and an MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Shiraz University, Iran. His principal research objective is to bridge the gap between hydrology, climatology, remote sensing, and machine learning, towards addressing critical global water and environmental resource issues. Mr. Alizadeh’s research interests extend to compound climate extremes and natural hazards, drought and flood analysis, human-climate interactions, and hydrological forecasting. He has extensive experience in statistical methods, uncertainty analysis, data-driven fusion approaches, multi-objective optimization, game theory, and decision-making techniques. Currently, Mr. Alizadeh conducts research on the development of integrated decision support systems using deep learning, systems thinking, and dynamically coupled socio-economic and hydrological models for robust, adaptive decision-making under deep uncertainty and climate change conditions. Recently, Mr. Alizadeh’s work on different research projects has resulted in several publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He has also acted as a reviewer for many international peer-reviewed journals.

mohammadreza.alizadeh [at] (Email )| Google Scholar | ResearchGate


Raie E, Alizadeh MR, Nikoo MR, Adamoski J (2019) Multi-objective decision-making for green infrastructure planning (LID-BMPs) in urban storm water management under uncertainty. Journal of Hydrology, 579, p.124091, (

Barzegar R, Moghaddam AA, Norallahi S, Inam A, Adamowski J, Alizadeh MR, Bou Nassar J (2019) Modification of the DRASTIC framework for mapping groundwater vulnerability zones. Groundwater, (

Alizadeh MR, Adamowski J, Sadegh M, Aghakouchak A (2019) A century of observations reveal increasing likelihood of continental-scale compound dry-hot extremes. Watershed Management Conference, May 2020 Henderson, Nevada.

Alizadeh MR, Sadegh M, Aghakouchak A, Adamowski J (2019) Spatiotemporal analysis of compound hot and dry years across the United States. 12th International Precipitation Conference (IPC12), The Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering 100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA.

Alizadeh MR, Adamowski J, Azhar I, Malard M (2019) Participatory dynamic adaptive policy-making for sustainable environmental and water resources management. NABEC 2019, Quebec City, Canada.

Azhar I, Adamowski J, Malard M, Peng G, Alizadeh MR (2019) Development of a Policy Coordination Framework for Integrated Water Resource Management using Tinamit: a Coupled Modeling Tool. ICWRER 2019, Nanjing, China.

Alizadeh MR, Nikoo MR, (2018) A fusion-based methodology for meteorological drought estimation using remote sensing data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 211, 229-247.

Alizadeh MR, Nikoo MR, Rakhshandehroo GR (2017) Hydro-environmental management of groundwater resources: A fuzzy-based multi-objective compromise approach. Journal of Hydrology, 551, 540–554.

Alizadeh MR, Nikoo MR, Rakhshandehroo GR (2017) Developing a multi-objective conflict-resolution model for optimal groundwater management based on fallback bargaining models and social choice rules: A case study. Water Resource Management, 31(5), 1457-1472.

Sahraei S, Alizadeh MR, Talebbeydokhti N, and Dehghani M. (2017) Bed material load estimation in channels using machine learning and Meta-Heuristic methods. Journal of Hydroinformatics, 20 (1): 100-116.

Nikoo MR, Kerachian R, Alizadeh MR, (2017) A fuzzy KNN-based Model for Significant Wave Height Prediction. Oceanologia, 60 (2), 153-168.

Farhadi S, Nikoo MR, Rakhshandehroo GR, Akhbari M, and Alizadeh MR. (2016) Developing a hybrid agent-based-Nash model for sustainable groundwater management. Agricultural Water Management, 177, 348–358.

Nikoo MR, Karimi A, Alizadeh MR, and Baghlani A. (2017) Maximizing reliability in supplying drinking water with conjunctive operation of groundwater and water transfer from Salman-Farsi Dam. Water and Soil Science, 27(2): 185-197.

Alizadeh MR, Nikoo MR, Rakhshandehroo GR, and Talebbeydokhti N (2015) Optimal water resources management and operation based on social choice procedures. Water Resource Engineering, 8(25): 73-86.

Alizadeh MR, Nikoo MR, and Rakhshandehroo GR (2015) Developing an optimal groundwater allocation model considering stakeholders interactions: Application of fallback bargaining models. Iran-Water Resources Research (IR-WRR), 11(3): 43-56.

Minusepehr M, Alizadeh MR, and Talebbeydokhti N (2015) Solid waste generation forecasting by computational intelligence techniques such as MLP, SVM and M5P. Journal of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


MSc Students

Christopher Orr

Christopher Orr grew up in rural Ontario, where he developed a deep appreciation for the human relationship with nature. He completed his B.Sc. Honours in Physics and Environmental Science at the University of Toronto in 2009. Before starting his M.S., he conducted environmental monitoring as Assistant Leader of EnviroMap projects at Engineering Seismology Group, developed projects during CIDA internship in Nicaragua, and travelled to India on behalf of a research team at the University of California, Berkeley to design and build a prototype to remove arsenic from groundwater. His diverse interests encompass environmental policy, planning and governance. Currently, his research at McGill University focuses on the legitimacy of collaborative water governance in Quebec, examining the Quebec Water Policy and its implementation of integrated watershed management. During his free time, he enjoys reading and being active outdoors. He is an avid traveller who appreciates learning languages, experiencing diverse cultures, and exploring nature in Canada and abroad.


Orr, C.J., Adamowski, J.F., Medema, W., and N. Milot. (forthcoming). The Roles of Agency and Legitimacy in the Social Construction of Collaborative Governance. To be submitted to the Journal of Ecological Economics.

Orr, C.J., Adamowski, J.F., Medema, W., and N. Milot. (forthcoming). The Moral Dimension: The Sources of Legitimacy for Collaborative Water Governance in Quebec. To be submitted to the Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning.

Orr, C.J. Williams, K.C. Laurent, K.L. Friedman, K.B. Krantzberg, G. Scavia, D. and Creed, I.F. Under Review. Trying Hard to Adapt to a Chaotic World: How Complex Challenges Overwhelmed Best Intentions. Future Scenario Narrative. Journal of Great Lakes Research.

Amrose, S.E. Bandaru, S.R.S. Delaire, C. van Genuchten, C.M. Dutta, M. Debsarkar, A. Orr, C.

Roy, J. Das, A. and Gadgil, A. (2014). Electro-chemical Arsenic Remediation: Field Trials in West Bengal. Science of the Total Environment. 488-489: 539-546. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.11.074.

Orr, C.J., Medema, W., and Adamowski, J.F. 2014. The Legitimacy of Collaborative Water Governance in Quebec: A Polycentric Perspective. CWRA 2014 Canadian Water Resources Congress conference paper and presentation. June 2-4, 2014. Hamilton, Canada.


Pierre Beauchamp

Born in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield (1948), Mr. Pierre Beauchamp completed art studies at Laval University in 1967, a Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of Sherbrooke in 1973, a Certificate in Management at University of Quebec in 1977, and a Master's degree in Science (Bioresource Engineering) at McGill University in 2014. He is a member of the Quebec and Ontario Orders of Engineering. Founder and Senior Vice President of exp, with 3200 engineering services employees, Mr Beauchamp has 40 years of experience in engineering, management, and finance. Specialized in municipal infrastructure, he has managed over 60 projects related to filtration and wastewater treatment plants including their respective pipe networks. He has also conducted more than 100 project missions in Vietnam and China in the last 15 years. Today, he specializes in Green Infrastructure. Mr Beauchamp developed an integrated framework to assist engineering organizations in planning the start-up of new projects in the context of greening and sustainability related to storm water, water supply, and wastewater. In support of the study’s objective, the newly proposed framework was implemented to compare, in the form of a feasibility study, the economic benefits of investment and overall cost of designing green with those of designing conventionally in the case of a new institutional pole for the city of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Canada. While the study showed increases in the value of GI projects to mirror the construction costs of such projects, it also found that implementing GI (vs. conventional) infrastructure can result in savings in both construction and life cycle costs. Therefore, GI can provide significant economic benefits to cities.


Barbeau B, Allard D, Sarrazin V, Dandres T, Bélanger C, BeauchampP, 2002, Évaluation de la filtration biologique afin d’atténuer les goûts et odeurs à l’usine de filtration de Valleyfield, Réseau Environnement.

Beauséjour J, Beauchamp P and Nguyen Van K, 2010, Industrial Wastewater Management in River Basins Nhue-day and Dongnai Project, World Bank. © World Bank. 

Beauséjour J. et Beauchamp P. « Sustainable urban water footprint: A closed-cycle study of an Eco-Technopark » Congrès  Ecocité Montréal, 2011

Beauchamp P and Adamowski J, 2012, Green Infrastructure Costs and Benefits in a Housing Development Project in Montreal, Canada, International Conference on Applied Mathematics and Sustainable Development, Xi’an, China (SCET, 2012).

Beauchamp P and Adamowski J, 2013, An Integrated Framework for the Development of Green Infrastructure: A Literature Review, (doi: 10.14207/ejsd.2013.v2n3p1); European Journal of Sustainable Development.

Beauchamp P, Adamowski J and Beauséjour J, 2013, An Integrated framework for the development of Green Infrastructure: A Case Study in China, Ecocity Builders, Montréal.


United States Patent no 6,383,376 B1Method and Apparatus for filtering Liquid Canadian Patent no 2,499,266 Method and Apparatus for filtering a Liquid Vietnam Patent for Invention: no 3585 Filter for Filtering a Liquid


Andres Sierra-Soler

Andrés Sierra-Soler was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He completed a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics at the ‘Instituto Tecnologico y de Estuidos Superiores de Monterrey’ (ITESM) with a minor in Social Development Studies. His interests have focused on different areas in IWRM. In university he was involved in several water related projects including the implementation water purification systems and sanitation for rural areas in semi arid areas in the north of Mexico. During his last year of university he participated in the Water Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean as an intern developing flooding potential maps for the city of Monterrey using GIS. Before starting his MSc. at McGill he worked in the ‘Colegio  de la Frontera Sur’ (ECOSUR), a research center in the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico in the Transboundry Grijalva watershed, assessing hydrological characterization, water quality analysis, and area prioritization for restoration.

At McGill, while under the supervision of Prof. Jan Adamowski, he used GIS and Remote Sensing technologies to assess agricultural drought impacts at a regional scale in rainfed agro ecosystems in central Mexico. He graduated from McGill in Spring 2014. Currently he works at Dwppon Elektric Mexico, a technology provider firm focused on electrical energy control and distribution. The firm currently seeks to diversify its services and to develop solutions on energy efficiency pumping systems, combined heat and power systems and sewage gas applications in cogeneration.


A. Sierra-Soler, J. Adamowski, Z. Qi, H.Saadat, S. Pingale. Assessing Agricultural Drought at a Regional Scale Using LULC Classification, SPI, and Vegetation Indices: Case Study in a Rainfed Agro-Ecosystem in Central Mexico. Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk. Accepted.

A. Sierra-Soler, J. Adamowski, Z. Qi, H.Saadat, S. Pingale. High Accuracy Land Use Land Cover (LULC) Maps for Detecting Agricultural Drought Effects in Rainfed Agro-Ecosystems in Central Mexico. Agricultural Water Management. Submitted.


Jerome Bolsvert-Choulnard

Jérome Boisvert-Chouinard is a Master's student hailing from Quebec City in Canada. He received a B.Eng. in Bioresource Engineering from McGill University in 2013. His current M.Sc. research investigates the development of holistic decision support models for water management, combining system dynamics modelling with more traditional hydrological modelling, using a participatory approach with local stakeholders. His past and current research interests include: remote sensing, wavelet analysis, cognitive science, behavioural economics, rational decision-making, and effective charity. Besides academic research, Jérome is passionate about global human development and has been an active member of Engineers Without Borders since 2010.


Cardille, J., Del Giorgio P., Crowley M., Boisvert-Chouinard, J. 2013. Continual refinement of lake carbon estimates using historical, current, and future field and satellite data. Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on the Analysis of Multi-temporal Remote Sensing Images.


Allison Furber

Alison Furber’s current research is in the field of water resources modelling and management.  She is embarking on a project to explore the integration of socioeconomic factors into physical hydrological models at the basin scale to aid resource management decisions.  She comes from the United Kingdom where she has both studied and worked at The University of Edinburgh.  During 2012/13 she worked as a teaching assistant delivering courses in water resources engineering within the Institute of Infrastructure and Environment.  She engaged in research regarding the way sustainability is taught within the Civil Engineering Department and was involved in developing teaching material with the goal of increasing students’ awareness of the social and political dimensions of engineering projects.  In 2013 she graduated on completion of a PhD in environmental engineering, the focus of which looked at the social and cultural context of rural water and sanitation projects in developing countries.  Her research took her to Ghana, where she worked alongside two rural communities; one of which was engaged in the development of a water system and the other a sanitation system.  The two projects formed case studies for understanding how local context can inform engineering design and process.  Originally trained as a structural engineer, she worked for two and a half years for a small consultancy in Edinburgh after graduating with a BEng in Structural Engineering with Architecture in 2004.


Furber, A. et. al., 2014. Innovative learning at The University of Edinburgh. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Management, Procurement and Law, 167(1) DOI 10.1680/mpal.13.00020

Furber, A., Duncan, S., Smith, S.D. and Crapper, M., 2012. The health and safety implications of socio-cultural context for community construction projects in developing countries. Construction Management and Economics, 30(10) DOI:10.1080/01446193.2012.707324

Gillie, M., Stratford, T., Bisby, L., and Furber, A., 2013.  Trebuchets and bridges: Re-connecting structural engineering education with the real world.  The ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000184

Crapper, M., Ellis, R. and Furber, A., 2010. Improving the Case-Based Reasoning Prediction of the Compliance of Treated Effluent from Constructed Wetlands. Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems, 27(2) DOI 10.1080/10286600902781641

Lee, B., Scholz, M., Horn, A., and Furber, A., 2006. Constructed Wetlands: Prediction of Performance with Cased-based Reasoning (Part B). Journal of Environmental Engineering Science, 23(2) DOI 10.1089/ees.2006.23.332

Furber, A. Smith, S.D., and Crapper, M., 2012. A case study of the impact of cultural differences during a construction project in Ghana. 28th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management.  Edinburgh, UK

Furber, A., and Crapper, M., 2011. Culture in rural water and sanitation projects: a case study. Proceedings of the 35th WEDC International Conference, Loughborough, UK.

Furber, A. and Crapper, M., 2011. Two case studies of rural water and sanitation development projects in Ghana. Proceedings of the EWB-UK National Research and Education Conference.  London, UK.

Contributed comment to an article published in the International Water Association’s magazine, Water21, “Upscaling of water smart solutions in dryland agriculture: engaging the untapped female resource”, February 2010


Jordan M. Carper

Jordan Carper is a graduate student and research assistant in the Department of Bioresource Engineering at McGill University. She is currently conducting her master’s thesis research in socio-hydrological modeling under the supervision of Dr. Jan Adamowski. Ms. Carper earned her BSc in Organismal Biology and Ecology from the University of Montana in Missoula, MT, U.S.A. Her research interests span the spheres of biology, engineering, sociology, geography, and environmental sciences. Her present work involves the quantification and analysis of socio-environmental resilience with particular emphasis on the intricacies of sustainable watershed management and stakeholder-based participatory system-dynamics modeling. Ms. Carper currently holds the Liliane and David M. Stewart M.Sc. Fellowship in Water Resources, awarded by the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill University.

Upcoming Publications

Jordan M. Carper, Jan F. Adamowski, Azhar Inam, Julien J. Malard, Mohammad Reza Alizadeh: Quantifying the transient shock-response of salient agroecosystem variables for improved socio-environmental resilience (2019).

Jordan M. Carper, Jan F. Adamowski, Azhar Inam, Julien J. Malard: Climate variability in agroecosystems: a quantitative assessment of stakeholder-defined policies for enhanced socio-environmental resilience (2020).


Jessica Bou Nassar

Jessica was born and raised in Lebanon where she completed her B.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, researching topics such as geophysical techniques for the allocation of groundwater aquifers and the optimization of water-wells in rural regions of Lebanon. Currently, Jessica is an MSc student in the Department of Bioresource Engineering at McGill University, under the supervision of Dr. Jan Adamowski. Her research project at McGill focuses on participatory socio-hydrological modelling, using techniques that ensure the inclusiveness of marginalized communities in associated model-building processes. As part of her project, Jessica is conducting a case-study in the Lake Atitlan Basin, Guatemala, with the indigenous Mayan community. Her research interests include participatory modelling, socio-hydrology, stakeholder engagement in environmental decision-making, and environmental policy.


Barzegar R, Moghaddam A, Norallahi S, Inam A, Adamowski J, Alizadeh M, Bou Nassar J. Modification of the DRASTIC Framework for Mapping Groundwater Vulnerability Zones. Groundwater Journal.

Bou Nassar, J, Malard, J, Ramírez, M, Baig, A, Adamowski, J, Tuy, H. (2019). Cadre methodologique pour l'integration de la narration avec un modèle de dynamique des systèmes comme système d'aide à la décision: Étude de cas à Tz'oloj Ya', au Guatemala mayen. Presented at the ACFAS 87th conference, at l'Université de Québec en Outaouais (Oral presentation).

Bou Nassar, J, Malard, J, Ramírez, M, Baig, A, Adamowski, J, Tuy, H. (2019). Développement de trajectoires environnementales avec la modélisation participative: le cas de la gestion des ressources d'eau à Tz'oloj Ya, Guatemala. Presented at the ACFAS 87th conference, at l'Université de Québec en Outaouais (Oral presentation).

Bou Nassar, J, Malard, J. (2019). Le savoir autochtone sollicité pour protéger un lac au Guatemala/ Interview with Gino Harel for Radio Canada, 2 June. URL:

Abou Khalil, C, Bou Nassar, J, El Hajj, C, Khalil, K, & Ghanimeh, S. (2019). Benefits and cost implications of anaerobic-aerobic sequential treatment of waste in developing countries: The case of Lebanon. Presented at the Air & Waste Management Association’s 112th Annual Conference & exhibition 2019, at Quebec City (Oral presentation).

Khoury, N. N., Maalouf, Y., & Bounassar, J. (2018). Audio-Magnetotellutic Method for Groundwater Exploration in Developing Countries. In World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2018: Groundwater, Sustainability, and Hydro-Climate/Climate Change - Selected Papers from the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2018.


Xingyu Peng

Xingyu Peng was born and raised in China.In 2017, she graduated with Distinction and a University Medal from Dalhousie University with a BSc in Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation. Her research to date has focused on behaviour pattern-based analysis for coupled model testing, including sensitivity analysis, uncertainty analysis, and model calibration and validation. As a master’s student in the Department of Bioresource Engineering at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Jan Adamowski, she is developing a novel behaviour-pattern-based model-testing protocol for dynamically coupled socioeconomic and environmental models. This protocol will allow for the testing and application of coupled socioeconomic and environment models with multiple output behaviour modes even under conditions of high computational demand.


Xingyu Peng, Jan Adamowski, Azhar Inam, and Julien Malard, 2019. Development of a sensitivity analysis procedure for coupled socioeconomic and environmental models. Vol. 21, EGU2019-1366-1. Presentation at EGU General Assembly 2019, Vienna.

Xingyu Peng, Jan Adamowski, Azhar Inam and Julien Malard, 2019. Development of a behavior pattern sensitivity analysis procedure for coupled socioeconomic and environmental models. Paper 38. Presentation at ICWRER 2019, Nanjing.

Xingyu Peng, Jan Adamowski, Azhar Inam and Julien Malard, 2019. Development of a Behaviour-pattern based sensitivity analysis procedure for coupled enviro-socioeconomic models. Presentation at NABEC 2019, Lac Beauport.

Julien Malard, Jan Adamowski, Marcela Rojas Días, Héctor Tuy Yax, Nallusamy, Luís Andrés Arévalo-Rodríguez, Xingyu Peng, and Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez. Agroecological food webs: modelling a missing piece to climate change adaptation. Vol. 21, EGU2019-11656, EGU General Assembly 2019, Vienna.

Azhar Inam, Jan Adamowski, Julien Malard, Marcela Rojas Días, Xingyu Peng. Development of a Stakeholder-Assisted Socio-Hydrological Systems Dynamic Model to Facilitate Groundwater Management. 2018 EGUGA.20.1344B. EGU General Assembly 2018, Vienna


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