Kerry MacQuarrie


PhD, PEng

Civil Engineering

Head Hall H-130

1 506 453 5121

Other titles

Science Director, Canadian Rivers Institute

Specialty: Hydrology and hydrogeology


  • BScE Civil Engineering, University of New Brunswick
  • M.Sc. Earth Science, Hydrogeology, University of Waterloo
  • PhD Earth Science, Hydrogeology, University of Waterloo


  • CE3713 Hydraulics and Hydrology
  • CE4993 Senior Team Design (mentor)
  • CE5753/GE5753 Engineering Hydrogeology
  • CE6773 Contaminant Hydrogeology
  • CE6763 Numerical Modelling of Groundwater Flow and Solute Transport

Research interests

  • The application of hydraulic, thermal, and geochemical information to understand groundwater-surface water interactions
  • Physical and chemical processes related to the transport and fate of subsurface contaminants, especially reactive solutes
  • Mathematical modeling of groundwater flow, and solute and heat transport
  • Multicomponent reactive transport modeling of groundwater quality
  • Impacts of climate change on groundwater

Current research

Dr. MacQuarrie’s current research involves quantifying the impact of groundwater extraction (pumping) on the discharge in small streams. The research is motivated by the increasing demand on groundwater resources for supplying water for crop irrigation during dry periods – these periods are also the times when stream discharge is typically low. Research is also continuing on reactive transport processes related to deep geological repositories (e.g., for used nuclear fuel). This research is supported by Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organization.

Awards and recognition

  • Invited Review Panel member for research proposals, Environmental System Science (Terrestrial-Aquatic Interfaces), US Department of Energy, 2021.

Professional affiliations

  • Registered Member, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick
  • Member, American Geophysical Union (Hydrology Division)
  • Member, Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers, A Division of the National Ground Water Association (USA)