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Faculty profiles

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Museum hours

Conestoga Rovers Learning Centre (the “Dino pit”) open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The museum’s main atrium, mining tunnel, Great Lakes fountain and stunning mineral exhibits open all day Monday to Friday, and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on weekends.

Peter Russell Rock Garden (located outdoors) open to the public year round. Self-guided tours are available.

Admission is free! For more information, see Visit Us.

Scavenger hunts for kids ages 6 to 12+