Tesfa Meshasha

In July 2020, I Joined the Watershed Science and Modelling Laboratory (WSML), Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Currently, my research at the University of Alberta focused on water quality modelling in watersheds of Canadian Prairies. More specifically, I will apply process-based models to study physical and biochemical processes associated with source, transport, and fate of nutrients in agricultural and grazing lands of Nelson River Basin (NRB). The NRB, with over 1 million km2, covers the vast majority of Canadian Prairies and it is an important breadbasket of the world.

Before joining to University of Alberta (UofA), from March 2019 to June 2020, I worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Athabasca University. My activities have been focussing on modelling framework of integrated terrestrial and aquatic system for the Athabasca River Basin using Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) to model water quality and quantity, modifying hydrological modelling to develop best management practices for sustainable ecological development and management.

In October 2018, I received my PhD from Department of water resources Development and Management at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR). In my PhD, I have worked extensively on collecting stream and sediment discharges, land surface modelling, integrated water resources management, crop yields and other hydrological data in the field at watershed scale and applying hydrologic and climatic models for the data synthesis.

My area of research interests include: spatially distributed modelling, river basin management, hydrology, water budget modelling, ecohydrology, sediment dynamics, water quality and quantity, water budget, greenhouse gas emission, GIS and remote sensing, land cover change detection and climate change.

Email: meshesha@ualberta.ca