Adrian Smith Lecture Series

The Adrian Smith Lecture Series, an annual lecture in environmental geochemistry, was established in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Waterloo by colleagues and friends in memory of Dr. Adrian Smith. 

For more than a decade Adrian Smith was a regular visitor to our department, initially as guest speaker and later as an adjunct faculty member, a colleague and a supervisor to our students. Adrian generously gave his time, participating in technical discussions of thesis projects, providing comments and advice for improvements and fostering philosophical debates. These efforts are reflected in new approaches and attitudes that our students take toward research and science.

The Adrian Smith Lecture takes place every year in March.

2016 Adrian Smith Lecture

Friday, April 1, 2016 - 2:00 PM EDT

Dr. John CherryUniversity of Waterloo Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Adjunct Professor, University of Guelph and founder of the Adrian Lecture Series

"Chemical Hydrogeology: Importance for Aquitard Science and Implications"


John A. Cherry holds geological engineering degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and University of California Berkley, and earned a PhD in hydrogeology from the University of Illinois. He joined the faculty at the University of Waterloo in 1971 for field research on the migration and fate of contaminants in groundwater and their remediation. He retired from Waterloo in 2006, but he continues research as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He co-authored the textbook “Groundwater” with R.A. Freeze (1979) and co-edited and co-authored several chapters in the book “Dense Chlorinated Solvents and Other DNAPLs in Groundwater” (1996). He has participated in the development of technologies for groundwater monitoring and remediation, co-holds several patents, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has received awards from scientific and engineering societies in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. He held the Research Chair in Contaminant Hydrogeology at the University of Waterloo from 1996 to 2006 and is currently the Director of the University Consortium for Field-Focused Groundwater Contamination Research, Associate Director of G360 Centre for Applied Groundwater G360 – The Centre for Groundwater Research and Adjunct Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph. 

Past Adrian Smith lecturers

  • 2015: Tom Johnson, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2014: Dr. Peggy A. O'Day, Professor, School of Natural Sciences, Univ. of California, Merced
  • 2013: Dr. Laurent Charlet, Professor, ISTerre (Institute of Earth Sciences), Univ. of Grenoble, France
  • 2012: Dr. Philippe Van Cappellen, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ecohydrology, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo
  • 2011: Dr. Kirk Nordstrom, Senior Hydrogeochemist, U.S. Geological Survey, Boulder, Colorado
  • 2010: Dr. Michael Hochella Jr., Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech University
  • 2009: Dr. Kip Solomon, Geology & Geophysics, University of Utah
  • 2008: Dr. Lawrence Cathles, Earth & Atmos. Sciences, Cornell University
  • 2007: Dr. Geoffrey S. Plumlee, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado
  • 2006: Dr. John Jambor, Leslie Research & Cons., Tsawwassen, BC
  • 2005: Dr. Elizabeth Edwards, Dept. of Chemical Eng’ng, University of Toronto
  • 2004: Dr. W. Mike Edmunds, Oxford Centre for Water Res, University of Oxford, UK
  • 2003: Dr. Tullis C. Onstott, Dept. of Geosciences, Princeton University
  • 2002: Dr. Crayton Yapp, Dept. of Geological Sci., Dallas, Texas    
  • 2001: Dr. Gwendy E.M. Hall, Head, Analy.l Method Dev., Geological Survey of Canada
  • 2000: Dr. Warren Wood, Research Hydrogeologist, U.S. Geological Survey  
  • 1999: Dr. Ann Maest, V-P of Buka Environmental, Boulder, Colorado 
  • 1998: Dr. Heinrich D. Holland, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Harvard University 
  • 1997: Dr. Ian Ritchie, Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organization