Current research and/or projects
Contributing to Environment Canada’s mandate by ensuring hydrological processes are understood so that aquatic ecosystems are conserved and protected, focusing on hydrology and hydrometeorology of Canada's cold regions.
Professional activities / interests
President, Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences
Chair, Canadian National Committee for the International Association for Hydrological Sciences Prediction in Ungauged Basins Initiative
Canadian Deputy Delegate to the Northern Research Basins Working Group
Education and awards
Ph.D. (Geography) McMaster University, 2003
Treasury Board of Canada Award of Excellence, 1996
Laudon, H., C. Spence, J. Buttle, S.K. Carey, J.J. McDonnell, J. McNamara, C. Soulsby and D. Tetzlaff. 2017. Save northern high-latitude catchments. Nature Geoscience 10: 324-325.
Brannen, R., C. Spence and A. Ireson, 2015. Influence of shallow groundwater-surface water interactions on the hydrological connectivity and water budget of a wetland complex. Hydrological Processes 29: 3862-3877.
Spence, C., S.V. Kokelj, S.A. Kokelj, M. McKluskie and N. Hedstrom. 2015. Evidence of a change in water chemistry in Canada’s subarctic associated with enhanced winter streamflow. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences 120: 113-127.
Spence, C., P.D. Blanken, J.D. Lenters and N. Hedstrom. 2013. Spring and Autumn Atmospheric Conditions Are a Major Factor in the Evaporation Regime of Lake Superior. Journal of Hydrometeorology 14: 1647-1658.