Dr. April James

April James portrait
Professor / Faculty of Arts and Science - Biology and Chemistry and Geography - Geography and Geology
Graduate Program Coordinator / Graduate Studies - Environmental Science/Studies, MESc/MES
Full-time Faculty
Graduate Program Faculty
Graduate Program Coordinator
Previous Research Chair
BEng, Royal Military College of Canada
MSc, Clemson University
PhD, McGill University
Areas of Specialization:

Catchment and hillslope hydrology, streamflow generation, stable isotope hydrology

Research Interests:

Streamflow generation, groundwater-surface water interactions, use of environmental tracers in hydrology, integration of modeling and data, interdisciplinary research.

Current & Future Research:

Use of stable water isotopes in the study of water cycling in Precambrian shield watersheds and lakes.Computer modeling of water quality and quantity for Shield watersheds.Watershed classification in Ontario’s Far NorthThe Lake Nipissing Bays Project: from headwaters to lake. A study of the influence of meteorological conditions, external and internal nutrient loading to water quality conditions to local bays.State of the Basin Report: Lake Nipissing Watershed

Click here to view April's CRC profile: Canada Research Chair in Watershed Analysis and Modeling


Yao H., AL James, C McConnell, B Turnbull, T Field, KM Somers. 2015. Relative contributions of stream concentration, stream discharge and shoreline load to base cation trends in Red Chalk and Harp lakes, south-central Ontario, Canada. Hydrological Processes, (doi:10.1002/hyp.10627).

Steelman T, EG Nichols, A James, L Bradford, L Ebersöhn, V Scherman, F Omidire, DN Bunn, W Twine, MR McHale. 2015. Practicing the science of sustainability: the challenges of transdisciplinarity in a developing world context. Sustainability Science. (doi:10.1007/s11625-015-0334-4).

Mountain N, AL James, K Chutko.  2015.  Groundwater and surface water influences on streamflow in a mesoscale Precambrian Shield catchment.  Hydrological Processes, 29, 3941-3953.

Fu C, AL James, H Yao. 2015. Investigations of uncertainty in SWAT hydrologic simulations: a case study of a Canadian Shield catchment. Hydrological Processes, 29 (18), 4000-4017. (doi:10.1002/hyp/10477).

Fu C, AL James, H Yao. 2014. SWAT-CS: Revision and testing of SWAT for Canadian Shield catchments. Journal of Hydrology, 511, 719-735 (doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.02.023).

Dreps C, AL James, G Sun, J Boggs. 2014. Water balances of two Piedmont headwater catchments: implications for regional hydrologic landscape classification. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 1-17 (doi: 10.1111/jawr.12173).

Dech JP, S Mayhew-Hammond, AL James, B Pokharel. 2014. Modeling Canada yew (Taxus Canadensis March.) distribution and abundance in the boreal forest of northeastern Ontario, Canada., Ecological Indicators. 36, 48-58 (doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2013.06.017).

Johnson YB, Shear TH, and AL James. 2013. Novel ways to assess forested wetland restoration in North Carolina using ecohydrological patterns from reference sites. Ecohydrology (doi:10.1002/eco.1390).

Edwards AE, Amatya DM, Williams TM, Hitchcock DR, AL James. 2013. Flow characterization in the Santee Cave System in the Chapel Branch Creek Watershed, Upper Coastal Plain of South Carolina, USA, Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, 75 (2), 136-145.

Inkiläinen ENM, MR McHale, GB Blank., AL James, E Nikinmaa. 2013. The role of the residential urban forest in regulating throughfall: A case study in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. Landscape and Urban Planning, 119, 91-103. (doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2013.07.002).

Fu C, AL James, M Wachowiak. 2012. Analyzing the combined influence of solar activity and El Nino on streamflow across southern Canada. Water Resources Research 48(5) (doi:10.1029/2011WR011507).

Yao H, C McConnell, A James, C Fu. 2012. Comparing and modifying eight empirical models of snowmelt using data from Harp Experimental station in Central Ontario. British Journal of Environment & Climate Change, 2(3): 259-277.

Segura C, James AL, Lazzati D, Roulet NT, 2012. Modeling event-based rainfall-runoff and stable isotope tracer response from small-forested catchments in Eastern Quebec, Water Resources Research 48(7), W07502 (doi:10.1029/2012WR011890).

Johnson YB, Shear TH, AL James. 2011. Identifying ecohydrological patterns in natural forested wetlands useful to restoration design, Ecohydrology (doi:10.1002/eco.227).

James AL, JJ McDonnell, HJ Tromp van Meerveld, NE Peters. 2010. Gypsies in the palace: experimentalist’s view on the use of 3-D physics-based simulation of hillslope hydrological response, Hydrological Processes (doi: 10.1002/hyp.7819).