Jana Levison, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Jana Levison
Associate Professor
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 ext: 58327
Room 3505

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Jana K. Levison has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering (environmental option) and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (focus: anthropogenic impacts on fractured bedrock aquifers) from Queen's University. She is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering  (Water Resources Engineering and G360 Institute for Groundwater Research) at the University of Guelph. Previously she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Université du Québec à Montréal, working on multidisciplinary ecohydrological modeling related to climate change. In 2009-2010 she led engineering and public policy initiatives as the Junior Fellow and Acting Executive Director of the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy at Professional Engineers Ontario. She has also worked at the Cataraqui Regoin Conservation Authority on the Drinking Water Source Protection team. Currently Dr. Levison is an Associate Editor for Hydrogeology Journal. 

At the University of Guelph Dr. Levison is conducting novel research related to agricultural and climate change impacts on groundwater quality and quantity, with a focus on sensitive fractured bedrock aquifers. Other areas of research interest include: source water protection; appropriate potable water approaches for marginalized communities; and fostering engineering and technological input into public discourse.


Present and/or Past Courses:

  • ENGG*2230 Fluid Mechanics
  • ENGG 2550 Water Management
  • ENGG*3220 Groundwater Engineering
  • ENGG*3340 GIS in Environmental Engineering
  • ENGG*6740 Introduction to Groundwater Modelling
Research Interest
  • Groundwater flow and contaminant transport in fractured geologic media
  • Agricultural impacts on groundwater quality and quantity
  • Source water protection
  • Impacts of climate change on hydrological systems
  • Appropriate potable water technologies for marginalized communities
  • Fostering engineering and technological input into public discourse

Please contact me if you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in one of these areas (jlevison@uoguelph.ca ).

Recent Publications

Journal articles

  • Betts, A., Gharabaghi, B., McBean, E., Levison, J., Parker, B. (2015) Salt vulnerability assessment methodology for municipal supply wells. Journal of Hydrology. In press.
  • Girard, P., Levison, J., Parrott, L., Larocque, M., Ouellet, M.A., Green, D. (2015) Modelling cross-scale relationships between climate, hydrology, and individual animals: Generating scenarios for stream salamanders. Frontiers in Environmental Science.  3: 51. DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2015.00051, http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fenvs.2015.00051/abstract
  • Levison, J., Larocque, M., Ouellet, M.A., Ferland, O. and Poirier, C. (2015) Long-term trends in groundwater recharge and discharge in a fractured bedrock aquifer – past and future conditions. Canadian Water Resources Journal. DOI 10.1080/07011784.2015.1037795, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07011784.2015.1037795


Research Projects Updates

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Currently underway projects include the following:

1. Changing agricultural landscapes and groundwater quality in sensitive aquifers

  • 2014-2017
  • Funded by OMAFRA, GFO, DFO, OFA, CFI

2. Impacts of alkaline stabilized biosolids application on fate and transport of emerging substances of concern in agricultural soils, plant biomass and drainage water

  • 2014-2016
  • Funded by CWN, Walker Environmental, NSERC

3. Improving crystalline bedrock aquifer conceptual models using novel discrete fracture network methods

  • 2014-2019
  • Funded by NSERC

4. Source water protection planning for CNUFN

  • 2014-2016
  • Funded by RBC

5. Groundwater use for agricultural production - current water budget and expected trends under climate change

  • 2015-2018
  • Funded by MAPAQ-OMAFRA

6. Presence and fate of neonicotinoids in groundwater resources in Ontario

  • 2015-2017
  • Funded by OMAFRA-UofG Partnership

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