Profile: Murray Richardson

Profile: Murray Richardson


Murray Richardson - Assistant Professor

  • Degrees: B.Sc. (Trent University), M.Sc. (University of Toronto), Ph.D. (Toronto)
  • Phone: 613-520-2600 x 2574
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  • Office: A329 Loeb Building

Research Interests

My students and I conduct inter-disciplinary research in the fields of geomatics, physical hydrology and the biogeosciences.  The overarching goal of our efforts is to improve scientific understanding of ecosystem processes and change in Canadian landscapes.   My PhD research focussed on watershed hydrology and mercury sensitivity in Precambrian Shield regions of Ontario, making extensive use high-resolution digital terrain analysis with airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR).  I continue to work on similar topics and have also developed additional research interests and projects in the areas of northern peatland hydrology and geomorphology, stream health assessment in agricultural landscapes, mercury cycling in Precambrian Shield lakes, and remote predictive mapping of surficial geological materials throughout northern Canada.  I work closely with government, industry and not-for-profit partners and welcome new research opportunities that fall within my areas of interest.

Research keywords

hydrology; GIS; remote sensing, geo-computation; digital terrain analysis; spatial statistics; landform mapping; geomorphometry; watershed ecosystems; ecohydrology; water-quality; mercury; limnology; biogeosciences; LiDAR; DEMs

Current or recent research activities

  • Mercury accumulation and biotic uptake in Gatineau Park Lakes (Gatineau Park, QC)
  • Geomorphic analysis of northern peatlands and hydrologic flow-routing in low-gradient environments (James Bay Lowlands)
  • Delineation and hydro-ecological classification of Gatineau Park sub-watersheds
  • Bonnechere River watershed streamflow and chemistry monitoring initiative (Bonnechere River Watershed, Eastern Ontario, in collaboration with Bonnechere River Watershed Project)
  • A landscape-element drainage-transfer function model for simulating runoff generation in Precambrian Shield watersheds
  • Drainage pattern analysis for remote predictive mapping of surficial geological materials in northern Canada (in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Canada)

2012-2013 Courses

  • GEOM 2004 [Introduction to Geomatics]
  • GEOM 3007 [Cartographic Theory & Design]
  • GEOG 3003 [Quantitative Methods]
  • GEOG 3103 [Watershed Hydrology]

Publications (as of December 2011)

Richardson, M.C., (Early View, July 2011). “Contributions of streamflow variability,  concentration discharge shifts and forested wetlands to terrestrial-aquatic solute fluxes in Precambrian Shield headwater catchments”,  Ecohydrology.  DOI: 10.1002/eco.244

Oswald, C, Richardson, M.C., Branfireun, B.A., 2011. “Water storage dynamics and runoff  response of a boreal shield headwater catchment”, Hydrological Processes.   DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8036

Richardson, M.C., Mitchell, C., Branfireun, B.A., Kolka, R., 2009. “Influence of topographic setting  on the geomorphology and subsurface hydrochemistry of northern forested  wetlands.  Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, 115,    doi:10.1029/2009JG000972

Richardson, M.C.,  Fortin, M-J., Branfireun, B.A., 2009. “Hydrogeomorphic edge-detection and delineation of landscape functional units from LIDAR DEMs.”  Water Resources Research, 45, doi:10.1029/2008WR007518

Richardson, M.C., Branfireun, B.A., Robinson, V.B. and Graniero, P.A. 2007. “Towards simulating biogeochemical hotspots in the landscape: a geographic object-based approach.” Journal of Hydrology, 342, 97-109

Submitted Articles (as of December 2011)

Richardson, M.C., Branfireun, B.A. Submitted Manuscript. “Interannual dynamics of yearling perch mercury concentrations in two Precambrian Shield headwater lakes: watershed versus in-lake controls”, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  Manuscript ID:  J2011-0445

Richardson, M.C., Ketcheson, S., Whittington, P., Price, J. Submitted Manuscript.”Runoff generation in a northern peatland complex: the influences of catchment morphology and scale”, Hydrological Processes.  Manuscript ID: HYP-11-0888

Whittington, P., Ketcheson, S., Price, J., Richardson, M.C., DiFebo, A., Submitted Manuscript. “Areal differentiation of snow accumulation and melt between peatland types in the James Bay Lowlands”, Hydrological Processes.  Manuscript ID: HYP: HYP-11-0418