Mario Coniglio, a geologist, received his BSc (1978) from McGill University, his MSc (1981) from University of Manitoba and his PhD (1985) from Memorial University. He has been a member of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Waterloo since 1986, first as Assistant Professor, then Associate Professor in 1991 and Professor in 2000. He was Department Chair in 2004-05 and served as Associate Dean of Science, Undergraduate Studies, 2005-2013. He became Associate Vice-President, Academic in 2013.
Dr. Coniglio is registered as a professional geoscientist in Ontario. His research focuses on the chemical and physical changes that occur when carbonate sediments turn into limestone and dolomite. He has been involved in research projects across Canada - from Newfoundland to British Columbia, to the Northwest Territories and Nunavut - as well as in the Caribbean, South America, Egypt, Oman, Iran, Italy, and the United States.