James Smith
James Smith
(905) 525-9140 ext. 24534
(905) 546-0463

My primary research interests are in Subsurface Contaminant Hydrology. That includes Contaminant Fate and Transport within the subdisciplines of Hydrogeology (below the water table) and Vadose Zone Hydrology (above the water table). I am particularly interested in the study of multiphase flow and unsaturated flow in porous media, i.e. when more than one fluid is present. My research approach emphasises highly controlled laboratory based experiments to investigate primary mechanisms and processes controlling fluid flow and contaminant transport. In addition, numerical modelling is used to analyse laboratory and field data, design further experiments, and investigate the potential implications of the research results.

This research improves and extends our fundamental understanding of Subsurface Contaminant Hydrology and the technologies used in Groundwater and Soil Contamination Investigations, Monitoring, Simulation, and Remediation.

Water Flow and Contaminant Transport in the Subsurface; Vadose Zone Hydrology; Soil Physics; Hydrogeology; Multiphase Flow through Porous Media; Nonaqueous Phase Liquid (NAPL) Behaviour and Remediation in the Subsurface; Organic Contaminants in Groundwater Systems; Soil Sciences; Applied Modelling of Subsurface Flow and Transport.

  • Earth Sc 6WB3: Contaminant Hydrogeology, (Term Two) 2018-19
  • Earth Sc 750: Advanced Groundwater Flow and Contaiminant Transport, (Term Two) 2018-19

McLeod*, Heather C., Roy*, James W. and Smith, James E. 2015 "Patterns of entrapped air dissolution in a two-dimensional pilot-scale synthetic aquifer", Groundwater Journal, Vol. 53 No. 2 March-April 2015 Pages 271-281.

Beatty*, Sarah M., and Smith, James E. 2014 "Infiltration of water and ethanol solutions in water repellent post wildfire", Journal of Hydrology, 514 (2014) 233-248.

McLeod*, Heather C., Roy*, James W. and Smith, James E. 2014 "Patterns of entrapped air dissolution in a two-dimensional pilot-scale synthetic aquifer", Groundwater Journal 19 MAY
2014 DOI: 10.1111/gwat.12203

Kettridge, Nicholas; Humphrey*, Rachel E; Smith, James E. 2014 Lukenback, Max C ; Devito, Kevin J ; Petrone, Richard M; Waddington, James M, 2014 "Burned and unburned peat hydrophobicity: implications for peatland evaporation following wildfire", Journal of Hydrology Volume 513, 26 May 2014, Pages 335-341.

Beatty, S.M., Smith, J.E. 2013. Dynamic soil water repellency and infiltration in post-wildfire soils. Geoderma 192: 160-172.

Marinas, M., Roy, J.W., Smith, J.E. 2013. Changes in Entrapped Gas Content and Hydraulic Conductivity with Pressure. GROUNDWATER 2013 Jan; 51(1):41-50.

Bashir R., Smith J.E. and Stolle D.F. 2011. The Effect of Ionic Strength on Surfactant-Induced Unsaturated Flow. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 2011, 48:(4) 519-531, 10.1139/t10-087

Beatty, SMB and Smith JE. 2010. Fractional wettability and contact angle dynamics in burned water repellent soils, Journal of Hydrology. 391: 97-108.

Smith, JE, EJ. Henry, and R Bashir. 2010. Solute-dependent Capillarity Induced Focused Flow During Infiltration into Alcohol Contaminated Soil. Vadose Zone Journal. 10(1), 403-411

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