Barret Kurylyk - Faculty

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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Resource Engineering. My research area is physical hydrology/hydrogeology with a focus on coastal and submarine environments and environmental heat transfer. Most research projects include a combination of field work and mathematical modeling, and further information can be obtained from the publications listed below. If you are looking for a graduate student position and are passionate about water resources issues, enjoy working outside, and are interested in developing your quantitative hydrogeology abilities, please contact me directly.



Research Associate, School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, 2016-2017 

Killam and NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Calgary, Department of Geoscience, Calgary, Alberta, 2014-2016 

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Civil Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 2009-2014

Diploma, University Teaching, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 2013

Bachelor of Engineering with Distinction, Department of Civil Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 2007-2009

Diploma, Engineering, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, 2004-2007




Research Area


Aidan Van Heyst


Co-supervised with Dr. Rob Jamieson       (Primary supervisor)

TBD ( But related to peatland restoration)

Joe Tamborski

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Zu Hanzhi


TBD ( but related to sustainable groundwater extraction)


CIVL4410 – Engineering Hydrogeology

Grad courses in development (Groundwater Modeling II & Solute and Energy Transport in Porous Media)



Associate Editor, Hydrogeology Journal

Editorial Board Member, Canadian Geotechnical Journal

Member-At-Large (Head of Committees), Hydrology Section, Canadian Geophysical Union

Co-Founder, Canadian Young Hydrologic Society

Canadian Professional Hydrologist Certification Committee

Communications Director, Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences (Former, 2015-2017)

National Board of Directors, Canadian Water Resources Association (Former 2016-2017)



*Note: All papers are available as PDFs of post-prints or final published versions from My account on DalSpace provided that the embargo period is completed. Links to the publishers’ websites are included below in the DOIs.



Kurylyk BL, Irvine DJ, Mohammed AA, Bense VF, Briggs MA, Loder JW, Geshelin Y. 2018. Rethinking the use of seabed sediment temperature profiles to trace submarine groundwater flow. Water Resources Research. Published online.

Briggs MA, Johnson ZC, Snyder CD, Hitt NP, Kurylyk BL, Lautz L, Irvine DJ, Hurley ST, Lane JW. 2018. Inferring watershed hydraulics and cold-water habitat persistence using multi-year air and stream temperature signals, Science of the Total Environment, 636: 1117-1127. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.04.344

Grenier C, Anbergen H, Bense V, Chanzy Q, Coon E, Collier N, Costard F, Ferry M, Frampton A, Frederick J, Holmen J, Jost A, Kokh S, Kurylyk BL, McKenzie J, Molson J, Mouche E, Orgogozo L, Pannetier R, Riviere A, Roux N, Rühaak W, Scheidegger J, Selroos J-O, Therrien R, Vidstrand P, Voss C. 2018. Groundwater flow and heat transport for systems undergoing freeze-thaw: Intercomparison of numerical simulators for 2D test cases, Advances in Water Resources, 114: 196-218. DOI: 10.1016/j/advwatres.2018.2.001

Amiri EA, Craig JR, Kuryly BL. 2018. A theoretical extension of the soil freezing curve paradigm. Advances in Water Resources Research, 111: 319-328. DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2017.11.021.


Bense VF, Kurylyk BL. 2017. Tracking the subsurface signal of decadal climate warming to quantify groundwater recharge, Geophysical Research Letters, 54:12,244-12,253, DOI: 10.1002/2017GL076015. *Open access

Harrington JS, Hayashi M, Kurylyk BL. 2017. Influence of a rock glacier spring on the stream energy budget and cold-water refuge in an alpine stream. Hydrological Processes, 31: 4719-4733. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.11391.

Bense VF, Kurylyk BL, van Daal J, van der Ploeg MJ, Carey SK. 2017. Interpreting repeated temperature-depth profiles for groundwater flow, Water Resources Research, 53: 8693-8647. DOI: 10.1002/2017WR021496.

Kurylyk BL, Hayashi M. 2017. Inferring hydraulic properties of alpine aquifers from the propagation of diurnal snowmelt signals. Water Resources Research, 53: 4271-4285. DOI: 10.1002/2016WR019651.

Kurylyk BL, Irvine DJ, Carey SK, Briggs MA, Werkema DD, Bonham M. 2017. Heat as a groundwater tracer in shallow and deep heterogeneous media: analytical solution, spreadsheet tool, and field applications. Hydrological Processes, 31; 2648-2661. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.11216.

Duan L, Man X, Li Q, Kurylyk BL, Yu Z. 2017. Distinguishing streamflow trends caused by changes in climate, forest cover, and permafrost in a large watershed in northeastern China. Hydrological Processes, 31: 1938-1951. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.11160.

Duan L, Man X, Kurylyk BL, Cai T. 2017. Increasing winter baseflow in response to permafrost thaw and precipitation regime shifts in northeastern China. Water, 9(1). DOI: 10.3390/w9010025. *Open access

Irvine DJ, Kurylyk BL, Cartwright I, Bonham, M. Post VEA, Banks EW, Simmons CT. 2017. Groundwater flow estimation using temperature-depth profiles in a complex environment and a changing climate. Science of the Total Environment, 574: 272-281. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.08.212.

Morton S, MacQuarrie KTB, Connor D, Kurylyk BL. 2017. Monitoring changes in near-well hydraulic conditions as a means to assess aquifer clogging. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering (ASCE), 22(2). DOI: 10.1061/%28ASCE%29HE.1943-5584.0001454.


Kurylyk BL, Hayashi M, Quinton WL, McKenzie JM, Voss CI.  2016. Influence of vertical and lateral heat transfer on permafrost thaw, peatland landscape transition, and groundwater flow. Water Resources Research, 52: 1286-1305. DOI: 10.1002/2015WR018057.

Walvoord MA, Kurylyk BL. 2016. Hydrologic impacts of permafrost thaw – A review. Vadose Zone Journal, 15 (6). DOI: 10.2136/vzj2016.01.0010. *Open access

Kurylyk BL, Irvine DI. 2016. Analytical solution and computer program (FAST) to estimate fluid fluxes from subsurface temperature-depth profiles. Water Resources Research, 52: 725-733. DOI: 10.1002/2015WR017990.

Kurylyk BL, Moore RD, MacQuarrie KTB. 2016. Scientific briefing: Quantifying streambed heat advection associated with groundwater-surface water interactions, Hydrological Processes, 30: 987-92. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10709.

Kurylyk BL, Hayashi M. 2016. Improved Stefan equation correction factors to accommodate soil sensible heat storage during freezing or thawing. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 27:189-203. DOI: 10.1002/ppp.1865.


Kurylyk BL, MacQuarrie KTB, Linnansaari T, Cunjak RA, Curry RA. 2015. Preserving, augmenting and creating cold-water thermal refugia in rivers: Concepts derived from the Miramichi River, New Brunswick (Canada). Ecohydrology, 8: 1095-1108. DOI: 10.1002/eco.1566.

Rühaak W, Anbergen H, Grenier C, McKenzie JM, Kurylyk BL, Molson J, Roux N, Sass I. 2015. Benchmarking numerical freeze/thaw models. Energy Procedia, 76: 301-310. DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2015.07.866.

Kurylyk BL, MacQuarrie KTB, Caissie D, McKenzie JM. 2015. Shallow groundwater thermal sensitivity to climate change and land cover disturbances: Derivation of analytical expressions and implications for stream temperature modeling. Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences, 19: 2469-2489. DOI: 10.5194/hess-19-2469-2015.  *Open access

Kurylyk BL. 2015. Discussion of: “A simple thaw-freeze algorithm for a multi-layered soil using the Stefan equation” by Xie and Gough, 2013. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 26: 200-206. DOI: 10.1002/ppp.1834.


Caissie D, Kurylyk BL, St-Hilaire A, El-Jabi N, MacQuarrie KTB. 2014. Streambed temperature dynamics and corresponding heat fluxes in small streams experiencing seasonal ice cover. Journal of Hydrology, 519: 1441-1452. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.09.034.

Menberg K, Blum P, Kurylyk BL, Bayer P. 2014. Observed groundwater temperature response to recent climate change. Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences, 18: 4453-4466. DOI: 10.5194/hess-18-4453-2014. *Open access

Kurylyk BL, MacQuarrie KTB, McKenzie JM. 2014. Climate change impacts on groundwater and soil temperatures in cold and temperate regions: Implications, mathematical theory, and emerging simulation tools. Earth-Science Reviews, 138: 313-334. DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2014.06.006.

Kurylyk BL, McKenzie JM, MacQuarrie KTB, Voss CI. 2014. Analytical solutions for benchmarking cold regions subsurface water flow and energy transport models: one-dimensional soil thaw with conduction and advection. Advances in Water Resources, 70: 172-184. DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2014.05.005.

Kurylyk BL, MacQuarrie KTB, Voss CI. 2014. Climate change impacts on the temperature and magnitude of groundwater discharge from shallow, unconfined aquifers. Water Resources Research, 50: 3253-3274. DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014588. *Open access

Kurylyk BL, MacQuarrie KTB. 2014. A new analytical solution for assessing projected climate change impacts on subsurface temperature. Hydrological Processes, 28: 3161-3172. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9861.


Kurylyk BL, MacQuarrie KTB. 2013. The uncertainty associated with estimating future groundwater recharge: A summary of recent research and an example from a small unconfined aquifer in a northern climate. Journal of Hydrology, 492: 244-253. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.03.043.

Kurylyk BL, Watanabe K. 2013. The mathematical representation of freezing and thawing processes in variably-saturated, non-deformable soils. Advances in Water Resources, 60:160-177. DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2013.07.016.

Kurylyk BL, Bourque CPA, MacQuarrie KTB. 2013. Potential surface temperature and shallow groundwater temperature response to climate change: an example from a small forested catchment in east-central New Brunswick (Canada). Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17: 2701-2716. DOI: 10.5194/hess-17-2701-2013. *Open access