Irena CreedFaculty of Science
  • Turkey Lakes, Ontario

    Field Site: Turkey Lakes, Ontario

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    Research Technique: Remote Sensing

  • Lake Naivasha, Kenya

    Field Site: Lake Naivasha, Kenya

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    Field Site: Alberta

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    Research Technique: Modelling




Our research characterizes watershed processes through innovative techniques in GIS, remote sensing and modelling. We conduct science that tracks the movement and fate of nutrients within and through watersheds, which are released to the atmosphere and aquatic systems.

We work with a global network of scientists focused on discovering watershed responses to global change and extending watershed research into more broad and integrative disciplines like ecosystem health and ecosystem services.


Please send a curriculum vitae and short description of your research experience and interests to


Creed IF, Aldred DA, Serran JN, Accatino F. 2017 (In Press). Maintaining the portfolio of wetland functions on landscapes: A rapid evaluation tool for estimated wetland functions and values. In: Dorney J, Savage R, Tiner R, Adamus P (eds). Wetland and Stream Rapid Assessments: Development, Validation, and Application. Elsevier Publishing. Invited Book Chapter. [PDF]

Serran JN, Creed IF, Ameli AA, Aldred DA. 2017 (In Press). Estimating rates of wetland loss using power-law functions. Wetlands. [PDF]

Waz A, Creed IF. 2017 (In Press). Automated techniques to identify lost and restorable wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region. Wetlands. [PDF]

Creed IF, Lane CR, Serran JN, Alexander L, Basu NB, Calhoun A, Cohen MJ, Craft C, D’Amico E, DeKeyser E, Fowler L, Golden HE, Jawitz JW, Kalla P, Kirkman K, Lang M, Leibowitz SG, Lewis DB, Maron J, McLaughlin DL, Raanan-Kiperwas H, Rains MC, Rains KC, Smith L. 2017. Enhancing protection for vulnerable waters. Nature Geoscience 10: 809-815. [PDF]

Thorslund J, Jarsjö J, Jaramillo F, Jawitz J, Manzoni S, Basu N, Chalov S, Cohen M, Creed IF, Goldenberg R, Hylin A, Kalantari Z, Koussis A, Lyon S, Mazi K, Mård J, Persson K, Pietroń J, Prieto C, Quin A, Van Meter K, Destouni G. 2017. Wetlands as large-scale nature-based solutions: status and challenges for research, engineering and management. Ecological Engineering 108: 489-497. [PDF]

DeVries B, Huang C, Lang MW, Jones JW, Wenli H, Creed IF, Carroll ML. 2017. Automated quantification of surface water inundation in wetlands using optical satellite imagery. Remote Sensing 9: 807. [PDF]

Golden H, Creed IF, Ali G, Basu N, Neff B, Rains M, McLaughlin D, Alexander L, Ameli A, Christensen J, Evenson G, Jones C, Lane C, Lang M. 2017. Scientific tools for integrating geographically isolated wetlands into land management decisions. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15: 319-327. [PDF]

Enanga EM, Casson NJ, Fairweather TA, Creed IF. 2017. Nitrous oxide and dinitrogen: The missing flux in nitrogen budgets of forested catchments? Environmental Science and Technology 51: 6036-6043. [PDF]

Ameli A, Creed IF. 2017. Quantifying hydrologic connectivity of wetlands to surface water systems. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 21: 1791–1808. [PDF]

Ameli A, Erlandsson M, Beven K, Creed IF, McDonnell J, Bishop K. 2017. Primary weathering rates, transit times and C-Q relationships: A theoretical analysis combining particle tracking and a simple dissolution rate law. Water Resources Research 53: 942-960. [PDF]

Ellison D, Morris CE, Locatelli B, Sheil D, Cohen J, Murdiyarso D, Gutierrez V, van Noordwijk M, Creed IF, Pokorny J, Gaveau D, Spracklen D, Bargués Tobella A, Ilstedt U, Teuling R, Gebreyohannis Gebrehiwot S, Sands DC, Muys B, Verbist B, Springgay E, Sugandi Y, Sullivan CA. 2017. Trees, forest, and water: cool new insights for a hot world. Global Environmental Change 43: 51-61. [PDF]

Stackpoole S, Stets E, Clow D, Burns D, Aiken G, Aulenbach B, Creed IF, Hirsch R, Laudon H, Pellerin B, Striegl R. 2017. Spatial and temporal patterns of dissolved organic matter quantity and quality in the Mississippi River Basin, 1997-2013. Hydrological Processes 31: 902-915. [PDF]