Kerry MacQuarrie



Civil Engineering

Head Hall H-130

1 506 453 5121

Other titles

Science Director, Canadian Rivers Institute

Specialty: Groundwater-surface water interactions, contaminant hydrogeology, mathematical modelling, hydrology.


  • BScE (Civil Engineering), University of New Brunswick
  • MSc (Earth Science - Hydrogeology), University of Waterloo
  • PhD (Earth Science - Hydrogeology), University of Waterloo

Courses developed/presented at UNB

  • Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulics and Hydrology, Team Design, Engineering Hydrogeology, Contaminant Hydrogeology, Numerical Modelling of Groundwater Flow and Solute Transport.

Current research interests

  • the use 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
  • groundwater-derived nitrogen loading to eutrophication sensitive estuaries
  • far-field hydrogeochemical aspects of deep waste disposal
  • impacts of climate change on groundwater

Selected publications

Danielescu, S., K.T.B. MacQuarrie, and A. Popa, 2018, SepHydro: A customizable online tool for hydrograph separation, Groundwater, 56(4), 589-593.

Loomer, D.B., K.T.B. MacQuarrie, T.A. Al, I.K. Bragdon, H.A. Loomer, 2018, Temporal variability of dissolved methane and inorganic water chemistry in private well water in New Brunswick, Canada, Applied Geochemistry, 94, 53-66.

Bea, S.A., D. Su, K.U. Mayer, and K.T.B. MacQuarrie, 2018, Evaluation of the potential for dissolved oxygen ingress into deep sedimentary basins during a glaciation event, Geofluids, 2018, Article ID 9475741, 20 pages.

DesRoches, A.J., K.E. Butler, and K.T.B. MacQuarrie, 2018, Surface self-potential patterns related to transmissive fracture trends during a water injection test, Geophysical Journal International, 212, 2047-2060.

Su, D., K.U. Mayer, and K.T.B. MacQuarrie, 2017, Parallelization of MIN3P-THCm: a high performance computational framework for subsurface flow and reactive transport simulation, Environmental Modelling and Software, 95, 271-289.

Morton, S.M., K.T.B. MacQuarrie, D. Connor, and B.L. Kurylyk, 2017, Monitoring changes in near-well hydraulic conditions as a means to assess aquifer clogging, ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 22(2), 04016057.

Kurylyk, B.L., R.D. Moore, and K.T.B. MacQuarrie, 2016, Scientific Briefing: quantifying streambed heat advection due to groundwater-surface water interactions, Hydrological Processes, 30(6), 987-992, doi: 10.1002/hyp.10709.

Bea, S.A., K.U. Mayer, and K.T.B. MacQuarrie, 2016, Reactive transport and thermo-hydro-mechanical coupling in deep sedimentary basins affected by glaciation cycles: Model development, verification and illustrative example, Geofluids, 16(2), 279-300, doi: 10.1111/gfl.12148.

Shija, N.P., and K.T.B. MacQuarrie, 2015, Numerical simulation of active heat injection and anomalous seepage near an earth dam-concrete interface, ASCE International Journal of Geomechanics, 15(5), 04014084.

Jiang, Y., P. Nishimura, M.R. van den Heuvel, K.T.B. MacQuarrie, C. Crane, X. Zisheng, B. Raymond, B. Thompson, 2015, Modeling land-based nitrogen loads from groundwater-dominated agricultural watersheds to estuaries to inform nutrient reduction planning, Journal of Hydrology, 529(1), 213-230.

Kurylyk, B.L., K.T.B. MacQuarrie, T. Linnansaari, R.A. Cunjak, and R.A. Curry, 2015, Preserving, augmenting, and creating cold-water thermal refugia in rivers: Concepts derived from research on the Miramichi River, New Brunswick (Canada), Ecohydrology, 8(6), 1095-1108, doi: 10.1002/eco.1566.

Caissie, D., B.L. Kurylyk, A. St-Hilaire, N. El-Jabi, and K.T.B. MacQuarrie, 2014, Streambed temperature dynamics and corresponding heat fluxes in small streams experiencing seasonal ice cover, Journal of Hydrology, 519, 1441-1452.

Kurylyk, B.L., K.T.B. MacQuarrie, and J.M. McKenzie, 2014, Climate change impacts on groundwater and soil temperatures in cold and temperate regions: Implications, mathematical theory, and emerging simulation tools, Earth Science Reviews, 138, 313-334.

Kurylyk, B.L., K.T.B. MacQuarrie, and C.I. Voss, 2014, Climate change impacts on the temperature and magnitude of groundwater discharge from shallow, unconfined aquifers, Water Resources Research, 50(4), 3253-3274, 10.1002/2013WR014588.

Green, N.R., and K.T.B. MacQuarrie, 2014, An evaluation of the relative importance of the effects of climate change and groundwater extraction on seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers in Atlantic Canada, Hydrogeology Journal, 22(3), 609-623.

Kurylyk, B.L., and K.T.B. MacQuarrie, 2014, A new analytical solution for assessing climate change impacts on subsurface temperature, Hydrological Processes, 28(7), 3161-3172.

Research funding provided by:

Professional service and memberships

In 2001 provided technical advice to the New Brunswick Environment Industry Association during preparation of the publication “All About Your Well”, which was distributed to private well owners throughout the province of NB.

Member from 2007-2008, of the Expert Panel on Groundwater, Council of Canadian Academies, which produced a comprehensive science-based report “The Sustainable Management of Groundwater in Canada”.

In 2008 was a member of an international Expert Panel on Groundwater-Surface Water Interaction, which was tasked with a technical review of the implications of groundwater-Columbia River interaction on contaminant transport and attenuation at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Site.

In 2011 was invited to conduct an expert review for Health Canada’s Human Health Risk Assessment for Biodiesel Production, Distribution and Use in Canada (environmental fate and transport in groundwater).

Invited expert reviewer, 2012, Council of Canadian Academies, Expert Panel report on Water and Agriculture in Canada: Towards Sustainable Management of Water Resources.

Member and section chair, 2007-2013, for several research grant review panels for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

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).