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.

2015 Adrian Smith Lecture

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 2:00 PM EDT

Tom Johnson of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Tracing groundwater contaminant transformation, immobilization, and transport (and doing some other fun redox geochemistry) using Cr, U, and Se isotope ratios"


Prof. Johnson is Professor and Department Head of Geology at the University of Illinois main campus at Urbana-Champaign.  He received his Ph.D. in 1995 from UC Berkeley, working in the isotope geochemistry group of Don DePaolo, and has been at Illinois since 1997.  Most of his work has focused on development of methods for measurement and/or application of stable isotope ratios of elements heavier than sulphur, and specifically “redox sensitive” elements whose geochemistry changes strongly with changes of valence.

Past Adrian Smith lecturers

  • 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