Shannon Sterling

Associate Professor


Email: Shannon.Sterling@Dal.Ca
Phone: +1 902 494 7741
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University
6287 Alumni Cres
PO BOX 15000
Halifax NS  B3H 4R2
Life Sciences Centre
3rd Floor, BIO/EES Wing
Rm. 3056
Research Topics:
  • Carbon Dioxide Removal
  • Climate Change
  • Water Resources
  • Rivers
  • Aquatic Species at Risk
  • Forest water resources
  • Acidification of freshwater


Ph.D. (Earth Sciences), Duke University, 2005
M.Sc. (Fluvial Geomorphology), University of British Columbia, 1997
B.Sc. (Honours Geography), McGill University, 1994


ERTH/ENVS 3701: Fundamentals of Hydrology
ERTH/ENVS 3601: Global Biogeochemical cycles  

Research Interests

  • spatial patterns of the global water cycle
  • effects of human activity on the water cycle and aquatic ecosystems, at the global, regional, and catchment scales
  • land atmosphere interactions
  • terrestrial acidification
  • catchment liming


  • 2015-present: Associate Professor, Director of the Dalhousie Hydrology Research Group, Department of Earth Sciences, Dalhousie University
  • 2009-2015: Assistant Professor, Director of the Dalhousie Hydrology Research Group, Earth Sciences and Environmental Science, Dalhousie University
  • 2008: Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Toronto
  • 2005-2007: Marie Curie Intra-European Post Doctoral Fellow, Université de Paris Sorbonne, UMR 7619 Métis
  • 1997-2001: Hydrologist at Northwest Hydraulic Consultants

Selected Professional Activities

  • 2014-present: Convenor for Large Scale Hydrology Session at European Geophysical Union annual meeting
  • 2014-present: Member and Chair, Southern Uplands Acidification Mitigation Committee
  • 2014-present: Member, Southern Upland Atlantic Salmon Planning Committee

Selected Invited Lectures

  • 2019: KEYNOTE GRC Catchment Science, Andover NH
  • 2017-2018: DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES TOUR, Atlantic Geoscience Society
  • 2016: PUBLIC LECTURE Nova Scotia Institute of Science Lecture Series
  • 2015: INVITED SPEAKER, European Geophysical Union, General Assembly
  • 2015: INVITED SPEAKER, Canadian Geophysical Union Meeting
  • 2014: INVITED SPEAKER, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting

Graduate Students

  • Lobke Rotteveel: Global patterns of Aluminium in Freshwaters
  • Caitlin MacIvour: Response of soils and forests to liming treatment

Selected Databases/Public Resources