Lauren Somers - Faculty

Research Topics

-       Hydrology

-       Hydrogeology

-       Mountain water supply 

-       Wetlands, salt marshes and greenhouse gas emissions

-       Climate change impacts and adaptation


Education and Experience


BScE, Civil Engineering, University of New Brunswick (2013)

Geotechnical Engineer-in-training, WSP, Dartmouth, NS (2013-2014)

PhD, Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University (2019)

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2019-2021)


Research Interests


Dr. Somers’ research focuses on the functioning of sensitive hydrologic systems and how they are affected by, and contribute to, climate change and other perturbations. She uses field measurements and numerical modelling to understand interactions between groundwater, surface water, soil carbon, glaciers and climate across diverse settings from Canada to the Peruvian Andes to Southeast Asia. She uses this understanding to assess hydrologically-mediated carbon emissions, project water shortages and to design engineering interventions which can be used as climate change adaptation strategies (e.g. infiltration trenching, coastline stabilization) and to limit carbon emission (e.g. peatland reclamation). She will be starting as an Assistant Professor in Dalhousie University’s Department of Civil and Resource Engineering in May 2021. 


More information can be found on Dr. Somers’ research website [hyperlink:]


An up-to-date list of publications is available on Google Scholar [hyperlink:] and Research Gate [hyperlink:].


Prospective Students


Dr. Somers is currently looking for Undergrad, Master’s and PhD students to begin programs in September 2021. Candidates should have a background in engineering, geoscience, environmental science or a related discipline, be self-motivated, and have a history of academic excellence. Prospective students should contact Dr. Somers ( with their CV and a brief statement on their research interests.