Dr. Genevieve Ali

Dr. Genevieve Ali
Watershed hydrology and hydrological modelling
232/520 Wallace Building
125 Dysart Road
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
(204) 474-7266


  • Ph.D., University of Montreal (Geography/Process hydrology)
  • B.Sc. Honours, University of Montreal (Environmental Geography)


  •  Process hydrology
  • Hydrologic connectivity
  • Watershed classification
  • Hydrological modeling
  • Hydrometric data monitoring
  • Environmental and isotopic tracer studies
  • Scale and scaling issues
  • Geostatistics and multivariate statistics


  • Prairie runoff generation in response to specific snowmelt or rainfall events
  • Relative influence of legacy and contemporary nutrient sources on surface water quality
    Spatial variability of watershed mean transit times
  • Classification, resistance and resilience of Prairie watersheds
  • Coupled hydrological and biogeochemical characterization of artificially drained watersheds
  • Critical assessment criteria to identify priority areas for wetland conservation and restoration
  • Identification of an optimal sampling frequencies for water quality monitoring in Prairie watersheds


  • Watershed sciences
  • Principles of hydrology


  • Evolving questions in watershed sciences


* Ali, G., Tetzlaff, D., Kruitbos, L., Soulsby, C., Carey, S., McDonnell, J., Buttle, J., Laudon, H., Seibert, J., McGuire, K. and Shanley, J. (accepted). Analysis of hydrological seasonality and functionality across Northern catchments using monthly precipitation-runoff polygon metrics, Hydrological Sciences Journal

* Birkel, C., Soulsby, C., Ali, G. and Tetzlaff, D. (in press). Assessing the impacts of hydropower regulation on flow regimes in a large Atlantic salmon river system, River Research and Applications

* Bracken, L. J., Wainwright, J., Ali, G., Roy, A. G, Smith, M. W., Tetzlaff, D. and Reaney, S. (in press). Concepts of hydrological connectivity: research approaches, pathways and future agendas. Earth-Science Reviews

* Ali, G., Oswald, C., Spence, C., McGuire, K., Cammeraat, E., Reaney, S. and Meixner, T. (in press, INVITED). Towards a Unified Threshold-Based Hydrological Theory: Necessary Components and Recurring Challenges. HP Today

* Ali, G., Baldwin, C., and English, C. (2013). ‘Upscaling of soil erosion indicator models in a Canadian Prairie watershed – A case study on the applicability of the NAHARP erosion indicator models at the watershed level’, Report prepared for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 28 p.

* Ali, G., Tetzlaff, D., Soulsby, C. and McDonnell, J. (2012). Topographic, pedologic and climatic interactions influencing streamflow generation at multiple catchment scales, Hydrological Processes, 26(25), doi: 10.1002/hyp.8416

* Ali, G., Tetzlaff, D., Soulsby, C., McDonnell, J. and Capell, R. (2012). A comparison of similarity indices for catchment classification using a cross-regional dataset, Advances in Water Resources, 40:11-22, doi: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2012.01.008.

* Ali, G., L’Heureux, C., Roy, A. G., Turmel, M.-C. and Courchesne, F. (2011). ‘Linking spatial patterns of perched groundwater storage and stormflow generation processes in a headwater forested catchment’, Hydrological Processes, 25(25): 3843-3857, doi: 10.1002/hyp.8238.

* Ali, G. and Roy, A. G. (2010). ‘Shopping for Hydrologically Representative Connectivity Metrics in a Humid Temperate Forested System’, Water Resources Research, 46: W12544, doi:10.1029/2010WR009442
–> Manuscript chosen by the journal editors as a featured paper in 2010-2011
–> Manuscript featured as an “AGU Research Spotlight” in the American Geophysical Union weekly newspaper Eos (Vol. 92, No. 18, 3 May 2011)

* Ali, G., Roy, A. G. and Legendre, P. (2010). ‘Spatial Relationships between Soil Moisture Patterns and Topographic Variables at Multiple Scales in a Humid Temperate Forested Catchment’, Water Resources Research, 46, W10526, doi:10.1029/2009WR008804.

* Ali, G. and Roy, A. G. (2010). ‘A Case Study on the Use of Appropriate Surrogates for Antecedent Moisture Conditions (AMCs)’, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 14: 1843-1861, doi:10.5194/hess-14-1843-2010.

* Ali, G., Roy, A. G., Turmel, M.-C. and Courchesne, F. (2010). ‘Source-to-Stream Connectivity Assessment through End-member Mixing Analysis’, Journal of Hydrology, 392(3-4): 119-135, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.07.049.

* Ali, G., Roy, A. G., Turmel, M.-C. and Courchesne, F. (2010). ‘Multivariate Analysis as a Tool to Infer Hydrologic Response Types and Controlling Variables in a Humid Temperate Catchment’, Hydrological Processes, 24(20): 2912-2923, doi: 10.1002/hyp.7705.

* Ali, G. and Roy, A. G. (2009). ‘Revisiting Hydrologic Sampling Strategies for an Accurate Assessment of Hydrologic Connectivity in Humid Temperate Systems’, Geography Compass, 2, doi: 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2008.00180.x