Serban Danielescu

Image Serban Danielescu
Research Scientist - Groundwater -surface water interactions, Agricultural impacts on groundwater

Current research and/or projects

Contributing to Environment Canada’s mandate to ensure aquatic ecosystems are conserved and protected

  • Local and watershed scale assessment of the impacts of agricultural practices (e.g. potato production systems)on nitrogen levels in groundwater
  • Nitrogen source-tracking using stable isotopes
  • Contaminant transport in soils and vadose zone
  • Flow through fractured media

Professional activities / interests

Joint appointment with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Involved in collaborative research projecs funded by AAFC, such as the Watershed Evaluation of BMPs (WEBs), Sustainable Agri-Environmental Systems Initiative (SAGES), Growing Forward 2 (GF2), etc.

Thesis co-supervisor and committee member for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students

Interests in nutrient loading to coastal waters, hydrology of riparian wetlands, Airborne Thermal Infrared Radiometry imagery to detect groundwater discharge

Education and awards

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Environmental Group, University of New Brunswick

Ph.D. Systems Ecology and Sustainable Development, University of Bucharest (Romania)

Key publications

Zebarth BJ, Danielescu S, Nyiraneza J, Ryan MC, Jiang Y, Grimmett, M Burton DL (2015) Controls on nitrate loading and implications for BMPs under intensive potato production systems in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Groundwater Monitoring and Remediation. DOI: 10.1111/gwmr.12088

DesRoches A, Danielescu S, Butler K (2014) Structural controls on groundwater flow in a fractured bedrock aquifer underlying an agricultural region of northwestern New Brunswick, Canada. Hydrogeol J 22: 1067–1086 DOI 10.1007/s10040-014-1134-0

Li Q, Qi J, Xing Z, Li S, Jiang Y, Danielescu S, Zhu H, Wei X, Meng F (2014) An approach for assessing impact of land use and biophysical conditions across landscape on recharge rate and nitrogen loading of groundwater. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 196: 114–124. DOI:

Li Q, Xing Z, Danielescu S, Li S, Jiang Y, Meng F-R (2014) Data requirements for using combined conductivity mass balance and recursive digital filter method to estimate groundwater recharge in a small watershed, New Brunswick, Canada. Journal of Hydrology 511: 658–664. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.01.073

Danielescu S, MacQuarrie KTB (2013) Nitrogen and oxygen isotopes in nitrate in the groundwater and surface water discharge from two rural catchments: Implications for nitrogen loading to coastal waters. Biogeochemistry 115: 111-127. DOI: 10.1007/s10533-012-9823-z

Zhang R, Li Q, Chow TL, Li S, Danielescu S (2013) Baseflow separation in a small watershed in New Brunswick, Canada, using a recursive digital filter calibrated with the conductivity mass balance method, Hydrological Processes 27, 2659–2665. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9417

Danielescu, S. and MacQuarrie, K.T.B. 2011. Nitrogen loadings to two small estuaries, Prince Edward Island, Canada: A 2-year investigation of precipitation, surface water and groundwater contributions. Hydrological Processes 25: 945-957. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.7881

Danielescu, S., MacQuarrie, K.T.B., and Faux, R.N. 2009. The integration of thermal infrared imaging, discharge measurements and numerical simulation to quantify the relative contributions of freshwater inflows to small estuaries in Atlantic Canada. Hydrological Processes, 23: 2847-2859. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.7383

Schilling, C., Behrendt, H., Blaschke, A., Danielescu, S., Dimova, G., Gabriel, O., Heinecke, U., Kovacs, A., Lampert, C., Postolache, C., Schreiber, H., Strauss, P., and Zessner, M. 2005. Lessons learned from investigations on case study level for modelling of nutrient emissions in the Danube basin. Water Science & Technology 51: 183–191.

Burt, T. P., Pinay, G., Matheson, F.E., Haycock, N.E., Butturini, A., Clement, J.C., Danielescu, S., Dowrick, D.J., Hefting, M. M., Hillbricht-Ilkowska, A., and Maitre, V. 2002. Water table fluctuations in the riparian zone: comparative results from a pan-European experiment. Journal of Hydrology 265: 129-148. DOI: 10.1016/S0022-1694(02)00102