Faculty profiles

Ramon Aravena.

Ramon Aravena

Research Professor, Isotope Hydrology and Geochemistry

Ramon Aravena's current research focuses on groundwater contamination caused by agricultural and urban activities.

Jim Barker

Jim F. Barker

Professor Emeritus, Groundwater (organic pollutants)

Jim Barker's research focuses on groundwater contamination by organic chemicals, especially petroleum hydrocarbons and industrial chemicals. 

A faculty member at the University of Waterloo since 1979, he retired in 2010.

Nandita Basu.

Nandita Basu

Associate Professor, Water Sustainability and Ecohydrology

Nandita Basu studies the role of humans play in modifying water availability and quality through changing land use and climate, providing innovative solutions to water sustainability challenges.

David Blowes.

David Blowes

Canada Research Chair in Groundwater Remediation

David Blowes develops improved techniques for the prediction, remediation and prevention of groundwater contamination, including metals, metalloids, pathogens, nutrients and emerging contaminants.

Brewster Conant.

Brewster Conant, Jr.

Adjunct Professor, Physical and contaminant hydrogeology

Brewster Conant, Jr. studies physical and contaminant hydrogeology. His primary interests are in groundwater–surface-water interactions and using innovative methods to determine conditions and fluxes at the interface.

Mario Coniglio.

Mario Coniglio

Professor, Carbonate Petrology (Associate Vice-President, Academic)

Dr. Coniglio's 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, as well as in the Caribbean, South America, Egypt, Oman, Iran, Italy, and the United States.

Hans Dürr.

Hans Dürr

Research Assistant Professor, Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry

Hans Dürr uses modeling tools such as geographic information systems (GIS) to analyze water resources, river typologies and coastal systems from local to regional and global scales.

Maurice Dusseault.

Maurice B. Dusseault

Professor, Engineering Geology

Maurice Dusseault carries out research in petroleum geomechanics (drilling, hydraulic fracturing, reservoir geomechanics), and is a world expert on new production methods, deep waste sequestration in sedimentary basins, and reservoir geome

Raoul-Marie Couture.

Raoul-Marie Couture

Research Associate Professor, Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry

Raoul-Marie Couture's research combines in-situ field measurements with environmental modelling to investigate the speciation and fate of nutrients, major and trace elements in freshwater environments. 

Tony Endres.

Tony Endres

Associate Professor, Geophysics

Tony Endres uses hydrogeophysical techniques to characterize near surface hydrological processes, such as soil moisture, evapotranspiration, freeze-thaw cycles, groundwater recharge and nutrient transport, as well as freshwater ice and seasonal snowpacks

Stephen Evans.

Stephen G. Evans

Professor, Geological Engineering

Stephen Evans is interested in the occurrence and behavior of natural hazards , with a focus on  catastrophic landslides, landslide dams, glacial hazards, and tsunamis

Shaun Frape.

Shaun Frape

Professor, Inorganic Geochemistry (Undergraduate Officer)

Shaun Frape studies groundwater flow, specializing in isotopic tracers used to follow contaminants being transported in natural systems. He studies both deep groundwater systems as well as interactions between groundwater, lakes and rivers on local and regional scales.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Emil O. Frind

Emil O. Frind

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Groundwater (modelling)

Emil O. Frind pioneered the field of quantitative groundwater science and over his career he has been a leader in the development of modelling methodologies for groundwater processes.

Bob Gillham.

Bob Gillham

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Groundwater

Robert Gillham is one of Waterloo's most recognised research scientists in the field of groundwater remediation. His invention of the reactive permeable barrier is used worldwide today.

Walter Illman.

Walter Illman

Professor, Physical and Contaminant Hydrogeology

Walter Illman specializes in groundwater hydrology, both in the saturated and unsaturated zones.

He uses mathematical modeling, laboratory and field experiments to understand contaminant transport and natural degradation of organic contaminants in groundwater.

John Johnston.

John Johnston

Assistant Professor, Sedimentology/Stratigraphy

John Johnston aims to identify natural patterns and trends involving sediment, lake water levels, and climate to help predict future scenarios for some of the largest freshwater resources on Earth.

Paul F. Karrow.

Paul F. Karrow

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Quaternary Geology

Professor Karrow's research focuses on Quaternary history, mainly through understanding the glacial sedimentary record and their contained fossils.

Brian Kendall.

Brian Kendall

Assistant Professor, Sedimentary Geochemistry & Metal Isotope Geochemistry

Brian Kendall uses isotopes (both metal stable isotopes and radiogenic isotopes) to study a wide variety of geochemical processes, including the evolution of Earth's atmosphere and oceans and the formation of and exploration for petroleum and ore deposits.

Shoufa Lin.

Shoufa Lin

Professor, Structural Geology (Associate Dean International Programs)

Shoufa Lin's research focuses on structural geology and its applications for mineral deposit study and exploration. A major part of his research concerns the structural and tectonic evolution of orogenic belts, Archean tectonics and kinematics and tectonic significance of shear zones. 

Alan Morgan.

Alan V. Morgan

Professor Emeritus, Quaternary Geology and Paleontology

Alan Morgan studies Quarternary geology through fossilised beetles as a way to reconstruct past climate conditions in Northern Canada and Alaska.

Carol Ptacek.

Carol J. Ptacek

Professor, Contaminant Hydrology and Geochemistry

Dr. Carol Ptacek conducts research on a variety of topics in contaminant hydrogeology and geochemistry, including studies on mechanisms controlling the fate and transport of metals, nutrients, pathogens, organic compounds in groundwater.

Fereidoun Rezanezhad.

Fereidoun Rezanezhad

Research Assistant Professor, Soil Biochemistry and Hydrology

Fereidoun Rezanezhad uses field and innovative laboratory experiments to understand mechanisms controlling a variety of chemical, biological and physical processes in the subsurface.

Will Robertson.

Will D. Robertson

Research Associate Professor, Groundwater Contamination

Will Robertson studies the physical hydrogeology and geochemistry of contaminated groundwater.

His current research interests include assessment of groundwater impacts from septic systems and mine tailings, innovative remediation techniques, groundwater age dating tools.

Martin Ross

Martin Ross

Associate Professor, Applied Quaternary Science (Graduate Officer)

Martin Ross aims to understand the Earth’s recent past; more specifically, the glaciations of the Quaternary Period, which encompasses the last 2.6 million years of Earth’s history.

David L. Rudolph.

David L. Rudolph

Professor, Groundwater (Chair)

David Rudolph carries out research in groundwater management with a focus on innovative ways to monitor water resources in the face of changing land use and climate.

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