Jeffrey McKenzie

Full Professor and Department Chair

Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
3450 University St.
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 0E8

Email: jeffrey.mckenzie [at]

Tel: 514.398.3833

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ESYS 500 Earth System Applications 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


Hydrogeology, including pore water flow in northern peatlands, heat transport, heat as a tracer of natural systems, groundwater modeling, coupled numerical models of pore water flow and heat transport with freeze/thaw processes, and the impact of melting tropical glaciers on water resources. My research focus is water resources and answering questions about what processes control the source and quality of groundwater. My research program involves many scientific tools such as field measurements, water chemistry, and computer models to understand hydrologic systems around the world, in such places as Ethiopia, Peru, Indonesia, the United States, and Canada. Not only am I interested in water as a resource, but in understanding the connection of these hydrologic systems with ongoing global climate change and geology. My motivating factor in all of these projects is to help people and society in understanding the processes that control and affect water. 

Recent Publications

Ng,. G.-H.C., Wickert, A.D., Somers, L.D., Saberi, L., Cronkite-Ratcliff, C., Niswonger, R.G., and McKenzie, J.M., (in press). GSFLOW–GRASS v1.0.0: GIS-enabled hydrologic modeling of coupled groundwater–surface-water systems. Geoscientific Model Development, , 10.5194/gmd-2017-321.

Baker, E., Lautz, L.K., Kelleher, C.A., and McKenzie, J.M., (2018). The Importance of Incorporating Diurnally Fluctuating Stream Discharge in Energy Balance Models to Determine Groundwater Inflow Rates. Hydrological Processes, 32(18), 2901-2914, doi:10.1002/hyp.13226.

Glas, R., Lautz, L.K., McKenzie, J.M., Mark, B.G., Baraer, M., Chavez, D., and Maharaj, L., (2018). A review of the current state of knowledge of proglacial hydrogeology in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. WIREs Water, 5(5), doi: 10.1002/wat2.1299.

Greniera, C., Anbergen, H., Bense, V. et al., (2018). Groundwater flow and heat transport for systems undergoing freeze-thaw: Intercomparison of numerical simulators for 2D test cases. Advance in Water Resources, 114, 196-218, doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2018.02.001.

Lamontagne-Hallé, P., McKenzie, J.M., Kurylyk, B.L., and Zipper, S.C., (2018). Changing groundwater discharge dynamics in permafrost regions. Environmental Research Letters, 13(8), doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aad404.

Somers, L., McKenzie, J.M., Zipper, S.C., Mark, B.G., Lagos, P., and Baraer, M., (2018). Climate Change and Enhanced Recharge in a Mountain Catchment, Shullcas River, Peru. Hydrological Processes, 32(3), 318-331, doi:10.1002/hyp.11423.

Wu, P., Liang, S., Wang, X.-S., Feng, Y., and McKenzie, J.M., (2018). A New Assessment of Hydrological Change in the Source Region of the Yellow River. Water, 10(7), doi:10.3390/w10070877.

Zipper, S.C., Lamontagne-Hallé, P., McKenzie, J.M., and Rocha, A.V., (2018). Groundwater Controls on Postfire Permafrost Thaw: Water and Energy Balance Effects. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 123, doi:10.1029/2018JF004611.

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