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People profiles

Corina McDonald

Corina McDonald

Science Museum Curator

Corina McDonald is the curator of the Earth Sciences Museum and Science Museum and Galleries in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo. She has been curating since 2012.

Julia Lentle

Julia Lentle

Assistant Museum Curator (Spring 2017)

I am a third year University of Waterloo student in Environment and Resource Studies in the faculty of Environment, with a minor in Geography and Environmental Management. I love learning and teaching others about our environment. For as long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed spending as much time as possible outside exploring nature.

Peter inside a Rock

Peter Ian Russell

Curator Emeritus

I am one of those lucky people who have spent a lifetime exploring the world of geology, gathering specimens for the museum, rocks for my rock garden, preparing displays and presentations on the subject for the museum and Wat on Earth Newsletter. After being curator since the early 1970’s I now volunteer one day a week as needed.

Alina Bielak with Butterflies

Alina Bielak

Assistant Museum Curator (Winter 2017)

I am a fourth year Honours Science student at the University of Waterloo, I have a minor in Biology and an option in Knowledge Integration. I have always had a passion for science communication and teaching. Communication is all about telling stories and I can’t wait to tell you the stories behind our amazing exhibits. I look forward to being able to share my excitement with you!

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Stephanie Kobylinski

Assistant Museum Curator (Fall 2016)

I am a third year Earth Science student specializing in Geology. My favourite thing about studying earth sciences is that you can see it literally everywhere. I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for earth sciences with others, and hopefully inspiring them to see the beauty of earth sciences.

Alisia Mar

Alisia Mar

Assistant Museum Curator (Spring 2016)
 
Alan Xaykongsa and cave bear

Alan Xaykongsa

Assistant Museum Curator (Winter 2016)

I am a third year geological engineering undergraduate student on my second co-op work term with the University of Waterloo.  Our wonderful Earth Sciences Museum is one of my favourite locations on campus, and I hope as Assistant Museum Curator to make it one of yours as well!

Emma Buczolits sitting on a dock

Emma Buczolits

Assistant Museum Curator (Fall 2015)

I am a third year Environmental Science undergraduate student specializing in Ecology. This is my second work term at the University of Waterloo and I am so excited to be the Fall 2015 assistant curator. I have a passion for learning and teaching science and I hope I get the chance to share that passion with you!

Jacob trembling beside the velociraptor

Jacob Onotsky

Assistant Museum Curator (Fall 2015)

I am currently in grade 12 attending Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School and this is my first co-op position here at the Earth Sciences Museum. I have had a passion for science and the planet we live on for as long as I can remember.

Stephanie Feeney leaning beside a brick wall

Stephanie Feeney

Assistant Museum Curator (Spring 2015)

I am a third year environmental science undergraduate student with a specialization in ecology. While I love learning about all things living, I also love to learn about the earth sciences.

Stephen adventuring through the woods with his canoe

Stephen Marshall

Assistant Museum Curator (Winter 2015)

I am a first year geological engineering student and this is my very first work term at the University of Waterloo. I am thrilled to be working at the Earth Science Museum as I enjoy learning, science especially, and teaching others. The wealth of knowledge contained within these walls is amazing, and I hope to learn as much as I can as well as enhance everyone else’s learning experience.

Jack Li beside newly designed Jade display

Jack Li

Assistant Museum Curator (Winter 2015)

I am a second year Knowledge Integration student and working at the Earth Sciences Museum was my first ever Work-Study experience. I had the opportunity to tackle the challenge of re-designing the Chinese Jade Exhibit, and with the help of fellow assistants and the curator, we have completed the brand new exhibit on June 11th 2015.

William Baxter

Assistant Museum Curator (Fall 2014)

I am a high school co-op student from Grand River Collegiate in Kitchener.

Manuel and Ryan sitting on a white desk in University of Waterloo Science swag

Manuel Arab

Assistant Museum Curator (Spring 2014)

I'm Manny but some of you may know me as the Keeper of SSD's, the source of our Science power and embodiment of all that we strive for!... sort of. I'm a 4A (-ish) Geology Student that has dabbled in Geoarchaeology, and Classics with quite a bit of passion for both. I hope to do my thesis in Paleontology this year to try and tie my interests together. My time here at the museum has shown me that I have a deep appreciation for teaching others about the past and I personally feel like this is something I wish to pursue in the future.

Sean Brace in underground gold mine

Sean Brace

Assistant Museum Curator (Spring 2014)

To those who wish to know a bit more about me...I am third year Geology undergraduate student on my third work term at the Earth Sciences Museum in EIT. I am also a mining enthusiast that enjoys talking about the wonders of underground mining and production geology.

Alicia Monteith

Alicia Monteith

Assistant Museum Curator (Spring 2014)

I am a third year Planning undergraduate student. This is my second term as the work-study student here at the Earth Science Museum and I am thrilled to be back! I am very interested in earth science, natural hazards and urban adaptation. I have learned a lot working here at the museum and enjoy assisting with museum tours and activities.

Amy Hoff

Assistant Museum Curator (Winter 2014)

I help with the day to day activities of the museum and enjoy interacting with the public through outreach.

JC Robertson

JC Robertson

Work-Study Student (Fall 2017)

Hi everyone! I am a recent alumni from the Physics department. I joined the Earth Sciences Museum team by helping create the new interactive game "Planning Paradise". On my spare time I learned how to code, which came in handy when the museum needed help creating this game!

Kian Drew

Kian Drew

Assistant Museum Curator (Spring 2020)

I am a fourth year undergraduate student studying Honours Earth Science, specializing in Geology. The Earth Science Museum is such an incredible place that has taught me many different skills (even through a pandemic). I have a passion for learning about the Earth, rocks, and their histories.  

Ken Dardano

Ken Dardano

Business Owner

Ken Dardano is the founder of Gneiss Guy Minerals and Fossils based in Fergus, Ontario. His passion for rocks grew out of his childhood experiences visiting mines in Quebec. He grew the business out of his basement, to a shed, then a storage space, and finally into 3 warehouses.

Puneet Khaira

Puneet Khaira

Assistant Museum Curator (Fall 2018)

Hi! I’m a 3rd year undergraduate student studying Environmental Science, specializing in Geoscience. The Earth Sciences Museum is an amazing place filled with creative and interesting exhibits. I have already learned so much and I am excited to continue learning and to share my knowledge with visitors of the museum.

Tiffany Svensson

Hydrogeologist

Tiffany has almost three decades of experience working and volunteering for both private and public sectors including academia and NGOs. Professionally Tiffany works on sustainably developing new water supplies and the protection of existing ones, non-point source contaminant hydrogeology related to nutrient management and road salt, facilitating the development of integrated water management strategies including proactive drought management plans and implementing source water protection for municipal water supplies.

Cynthia Davis

Cynthia Davis

Environmental Scientist

Cynthia Davis is an environmental scientist with Stantec Consulting based in Kitchener, Ontario. She enjoys her field work responsibilities including soil and water sampling, as well as drilling and core sampling.

Sana holding a stick in Bancroft, ON

Sana Ahmad

Assistant Museum Curator (Winter 2019)

I am a second year Environmental Science student at the University of Waterloo pursuing a specialization in Geoscience. I have always loved learning about our planet and its stunningly complex geology, so I cannot wait to share that passion with our visitors.

John Motz

John Motz

News Editor (retired)

John Motz was born in Toronto and his parents moved to Kitchener while he was still an infant. He has lived in Kitchener-Waterloo ever since. John attended Saint Jerome’s High School in Kitchener, then went to the University of Waterloo, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences.

Peter Morris, second from left

Peter Morris

University of Waterloo Faculty (retired)

Peter Morris originally came to Canada in 1955 from Portsmouth, England. He worked as a professor for a number of years in the Earth Sciences Department at the University of Waterloo and then became a geology consultant travelling and exploring parts of the world until retirement.

Keana taking water sample while standing in Laurel Creek

Keana Iocca

Assistant Museum Curator (Spring 2019)

I am a third year Environmental Science student with a specialization in Water Science and a minor in Geography and Environmental Management. What I love about studying the earth and our environment is that it includes many other fields of science and can be observed in our everyday lives. 

Peter Russell

Peter Russell

Curator (retired)

Peter Russell is a retired curator of the Earth Sciences Museum at the University of Waterloo, he continues to work with the museum on a volunteer basis.

Madison MacGillivray in Nature

Madison MacGillivray

Museum Communications/Collections Research Assistant (Winter 2021)

I am a second year student studying Environmental Science with a specialization in Geoscience. I have a strong passion for the Earth and how landscapes were formed and change around us. I hope to bring more of the Earth Science Museum online as Covid-19 persists.

Jacob Whitehouse

Work-Study Student (Winter 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019)

Work-Study Student at the Earth Sciences Museum.

Laura Scaife

Laura Scaife

Geologist, Educator

Laura Scaife is a highly conscientious outreach educator and project coordinator with extensive experience working in diverse environments with persons of all ages, gender and culture.

Madison Curtis in nature

Madison Curtis

Museum Archive Assistant (Winter 2021)

I am currently in my 2B term of Earth Sciences-Geology at the University of Waterloo. I enjoy seeing the world by hiking, camping, and rafting. I hope to use my interest in the geological aspects of our earth to help create a sustainable future, and to teach others about the wonders of earth science!

Dylan Simmonds

Dylan Simmonds

Work-Study Student (Spring 2019)

Do you like rocks? I like rocks, that’s why I work here. Geology is a discipline which allows me to best understand the Earth and its resources. Whether teaching kids about geology or working with the museum’s collection, my affinity for this field is always growing.

Peter Gray

Peter Gray

Hydrogeologist, Professor

Mr. Gray graduated with his honours Earth Science (Geology) B.Sc. degree from the UofWaterloo in 1987 and has continued his formal and informal education, including teaching the past five years at Fleming College in the Well Constructed and other geology and hydrogeology courses. 

Tamara Koletic in Italy

Tamara Koletic

Museum Data Co-ordinator & Website Designer (Winter 2021)

I am a second year student in the Physics and Astronomy program. I love learning about other planets as well as going outside at night and gazing up at the stars. I look forward to sharing my love of nature by helping build the Earth Sciences Museum website this term.  

Jaime looking off into the distance

Jaime Simons

Assistant Museum Curator - Science Museum and Galleries (Spring 2019)

I am a fourth year Honours Anthropology/Archaeology and Arts & Business student with a minor in Fine Arts. My interest is in museums and developing interactive exhibits with an educational focus.

Dave Chin-Cheong

Dave Chin-Cheong

Geoscientist

Dave is a retired hydrogeologist (B.Sc., MASc., P.Geo) working as a geoscientist. He graduated from Queen’s University (Earth Sciences) and from the University of Waterloo (Water Resources).

Gavin MacDougall

Gavin MacDougall

Assistant Museum Curator (Fall 2019)

I am a third year student in the earth sciences program specializing in geology. I enjoy the great outdoors and collecting rocks and minerals, especially in the Bancroft area. I look forward to sharing my passion for geology and earth sciences through the educational programs offered by the Earth Sciences Museum.

Quinn Worthington

Quinn Worthington

Master's Student

Hey everyone! I graduated from UW's Environmental Science - Geoscience Co-op program in Spring 2019 and then promptly began my MSc in Fall 2019. During my undergrad, I was fortunate enough to have my 8-month co-op placement at the Earth Sciences Museum and my love and appreciation for the museum quickly grew larger than ever!

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Courtney Bagshaw

Assistant Museum Curator (Fall 2017)

I am a fourth year Geography and Environmental Management student at the University of Waterloo. I have always been fascinated by our beautiful and dynamic planet. Fossils and minerals are the earthly treasures that tell the story of our planet and I cant wait to share it with you!

Jennifer Rhynas

Jennifer Rhynas

Assistant Museum Curator (Winter/Spring 2020)

I am a student in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability program, and I will be starting my fourth year of study in Fall 2020. I have a passion for educating youth about the environment and earth systems, especially through hands-on and experience-based activities. 

John Johnston

John Johnston

University of Waterloo Faculty

John Johnston is a professor at the University of Waterloo where he teaches hundreds of students undergraduate Earth Sciences courses each semester.

Quinn Worthington

Quinn Worthington

Assistant Museum Curator (Winter and Spring 2018)

Hey everyone! I am a fourth year student studying Environmental Science, specializing in Geoscience. My interest in the earth and environment stems from my curiosity about the unknown and the need to find answers!

Jenny Huynh

Jenny Huynh

Work-Study Student (Winter 2020)

4B, Biomedical Sciences.

I wanted to work with the ESM because I have volunteered with the museum in the past and thoroughly enjoyed it. I also love working with children! Children benefit from the programs we offer, so I want to contribute to the museum and improve it so that we can provide the best experience for all visitors. 

David Rudolph

David Rudolph

Hydrogeologist, University of Waterloo Faculty

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.

Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner

Work-Study Student (Spring 2018)

Hello Everyone! I am a fourth-year student studying both Earth Science and Anthropology at the University of Waterloo. I am very interested in both the sedimentology aspect of Earth Science and the Archaeological aspect of Anthropology, and I am happiest when these two studies overlap as geoarchaeology.

Shelby Robertson in a tree

Shelby Robertson

Assistant Museum Curator (Fall 2020)

Hi! I am in my third year of Environmental Science with a specialization in Ecology and I am very excited to spend the semester bringing the Earth Sciences Museum to you online!

Jean Richardson

Jean Richardson

Director of Science and Business Program

Jean Richardson is the director of the Science and Business program at the University of Waterloo. She has taught an extensive amount of Earth Science and Business courses focusing on how the two subjects intertwine.

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