Ashraf Zaghal

Ashraf Zaghal is a PhD candidate in the Water Resources Program, School of Engineering, University of Guelph. Ashraf finished his Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Birzeit University, Palestine, and his Masters degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University, Colorado, USA. During his Master degree program at Colorado State University, Ashraf participated in founding Colorado State chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

Research Focus
Ashraf is currently developing a process to obtain biological input in order to identify critical geomorphic functions for gravel bed streams, and techniques to quantify the flows needed to sustain these functions.


Jennith Peart

Jennith is enthusiastic about anything outdoors and her appreciation of the natural environment has shaped many aspects of her life. After spending a year teaching Gr. 8 in a fly-in community on James Bay, Jennith returned to university to complete a B.Sc. in engineering. Jennith is currently an M.Sc. candidate in Water Resources Engineering. She hopes to be able to put her combined education to work ensuring that we continue to have clean water and healthy streams in Canada.

Research Focus
Jennith is advancing methods for data collection and modelling of the water surface profile in headwater streams, particularly where coarse woody material is an important control during low flows. Jennith hopes to provide a practical tool that can be used to set ecological flow targets related to longitudinal connectivity.


James Etienne

James is currently Sr.Water Resources Engineer for the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) and was formerly a 16 year employee of the City of Guelph in development engineering and environmental services. James is an M.Sc. candidate in Water Resources Engineering.

Research Focus
James is focussing on in-stream methods to improve water quality and the ability of the Speed River to assimilate the wastewater bi-products of the Guelph and Hespeler wastewater treatment plants. Some of the possible methods include reaerating to introduce more oxygen, shading to reduce stream temperatures, removing run-of-the-river dams, and modifying flow regimes to flush sediment and accumulated vegetation from the channel.


Chris Denich

Chris Denich is a graduate of the University of Guelph with an honours degree in Biological Science and a second undergraduate degree in Water Resources Engineering. He is currently working on an M.Sc. in Water Resources Engineering. Chris was the owner-operator of a design and installation landscape company for seven years while completing his first degree.

Research Focus
Chris is currently investigating cold climate issues associated with the use of bioretention areas for rainwater management. He has also designed and installed a weighing lysimeter to quantify evapotranspiration and groundwater recharge from a bioretention area.


Jennifer Drake

Jennifer is a graduate of McMaster University's Engineering program. Jennifer's non-academic interests include theater and travel.

Research Focus
Jennifer is studying groundwater discharge in streams, particularly its influence on a stream's thermal environment. She is investigating the characteristics of thermal refugia so that groundwater management and stream restoration activities can better address the ecological functions of these areas.




2008 Andrea Bradford