Jim Barker, a professor emeritus in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, wins the 2014 Robert N. Farvolden Award. The Canadian National Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists and the Canadian Geotechnical Society presents this award to an individual who has made significant contributions to understanding the role or importance of groundwater.
The award is named after the Robert N. Farvolden, who was the first Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences and former Dean of Science at the University of Waterloo.
Barker is highly involved in groundwater research, and focuses on contamination by organic chemicals. He is currently developing new groundwater and soil remediation technologies and is conducting research on issues with water quality for the improvement of Canada’s oil sands.
Barker will receive a certificate at the annual meeting of the International Association of Hydrogeologists and the Hydrogeological Group of the Geological Society.
He will present the 2014 Ineson Lecture entitled “From BTEX, Coal Tar Creosotes and Fuel Additives at Borden to Canada's Oil Sands: Evolving Hydrocarbon Threats to Groundwater,” taking place in London, England on October 6.
Earth and Environmental Sciences professor Emil Frind received the Robert N. Farvolden Award in 2007.