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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. She was previously employed as an Instrument Analysist at the University of Waterloo for 5 years where she analysed assorted samples for research projects.

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).

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. He is also a lecturer with the Department of Earth Sciences at Waterloo teaching both undergraduate and graduate classes.

Jean Richardson was 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.

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.

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.

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. She is a workshop presenter for the non profit Scientists in School organization which extends science learning into the classroom and community by offering curriculum-based science workshops.

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. 

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.

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. The university designated him an honorary member of UW in 1999 for his work in public awareness of science, for which he also received the 2004 Geological Association of Canada EWR Neale award.

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!

Tiffany Svensson


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.

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.

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.

Karen Fox

Collection Manager

Karen has been instrumental in moving the online collection database forward. She is continuing to photograph museum objects and work on the organization and structure of the online collection database, which is no small feat.