Dept of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Centre for Environmental and Information Technology (EIT)
200 University Ave. W
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567
Ramon Aravena's current research focuses on groundwater contamination caused by agricultural and urban activities.
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 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 develops improved techniques for the prediction, remediation and prevention of groundwater contamination, including metals, metalloids, pathogens, nutrients and emerging contaminants.
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.
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.
Since joining the University of Waterloo in 1971, there is no doubt John Cherry has had a profound and sustained impact internationally on the field of hydrogeology.
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 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'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 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 is interested in the occurrence and behavior of natural hazards , with a focus on catastrophic landslides, landslide dams, glacial hazards, and tsunamis
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Professor Karrow's research focuses on Quaternary history, mainly through understanding the glacial sedimentary record and their contained fossils.
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'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 was an international expert in Quarternary geology, mapping and studying past permafrost structures in Britain and Canada. He also specialized in Quarternary entomology, the study of fossilised beetles as a way to reconstruct past climate conditions.
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 uses field and innovative laboratory experiments to understand mechanisms controlling a variety of chemical, biological and physical processes in the subsurface.
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 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 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.
Sherry Schiff's research focus on the cycling of key elements within lakes, streams, rivers, forests, and agricultural watersheds. Understanding these cycles is critical to properly addressing environmental concerns.
John Spoelstra explores the impact of human activities and climate change on water quality in a variety of landscapes including urbanized watersheds, forested catchments and wetlands.
A world expert on quantitative and integrated hydrosystem modelling, Ed Sudicky is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
William Taylor's research interests cross over several areas of aquatic ecology, including nutrient cycles, the fate of aquatic bacteria, the ecology of protozoa, and human effects on water quality. His most recent research concerns the freshwater phosphorus cycle.
André Unger studies how municipalities can sustainably manage their water resources and infrastructure using a variety of tools, including groundwater and surface water modeling, and water infrastructure asset management tools.
Philippe Van Cappellen leads an interdisciplinary research team focussing on the processes, both natural and human-driven, that control water quality along the hydrological cycle.
Barry Warner studies the dynamics of natural, restored, and created wetlands using a variety of ecological and paleoecological indicators. These methods are used to study wetland ecosystems across a variety of spatial scales and temporal scales.
Chris Yakymchuk studies how mountain chains form through the process of plate tectonics.
Yuri Leonenko studies how we can best capture and store CO2 into underground formations in order to limit the increasing impact of global warming. His research involves understanding the complex multi-phase flows and transport phenomena that regulate how CO2 behaves in the porous subsurface.
Chris Parsons studies how naturally occurring chemical and biological processes in sediments and surface water change the chemical form, availability and toxicity of nutrients and contaminants.
Thai Phan’s research interests mainly focus on understanding water-rock interactions and other geological and environmental processes associated with water cycles in both natural and engineered natural systems.