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Dr. Beth Parker Awarded Nova Domus Grant

Nova Domus Erasmus Mundus

Nova Domus is an Erasmus Mundus Key Action 2 project which aims to facilitate research and education links across a consortium of universities in Europe and North America in the fields of:

  • medical sciences
  • public health
  • natural sciences
  • physics and engineering

Nova Domus grants enable doctoral, post-doctoral, and staff candidates to undertake a period of research/ work/ training in a partner universities in Europe to the benefit of both the individual, and their wider research area.

lund_logoDr. Beth Parker recently completed a Nova Domus sponsored research exchange at Lund University from March 18-April 22, 2017.  During this research exchange, Beth was an invited speaker on topics that included:

  • Geologic time scales vs. contaminant transport time scales
  • High resolution characterization needed for groundwater flow system and transport predictions: How much data is enough?
  • The importance of hydrologic unit delineation sedimentary rock aquifers

Beth stated “This Nova Domus program offered an amazing opportunity to connect with new colleagues and a new place that may have never otherwise occurred. I am grateful for this memorable experience and looking forward to continuing the scientific collaborations with Dr. Sparrenbom and her colleagues for many years“.

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G360 Voted One of the Best Conference Papers at SAGEEP in 2017

SAGEEP 2017 Conference

Colby SteelmanIn March of this year, G360 attended the Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to 
Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP) in Denver, Colorado.  

We are pleased to announce that G360 researcher Colby Steelman‘s paper titled “Hydrogeophysical Investigations in Fractured Bedrock Rivers: Understanding Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions, Subsurface Flow and Transport” was voted, by the SAGEEP evaluation ballots, as one of the best papers delivered at the 2017 conference.  

Interested to hear more?  This research was also recently published in Hydrology and Earth System Science journal.

 

 

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G360 Student Awarded the Prestigious Arrell Scholarship

Kathleen Johnson

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Kathleen Johnson, a new student under the supervision of Dr. Beth Parker, was recently awarded one of five Arrell Scholarships from the University of Guelph.

The Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph provides scholarships for emerging graduate-level scholars who are not only academically outstanding
but also passionately committed to ensuring that future generations are well fed, that diets are
nutritious and equitable, and that agriculture is sustainable.

Scholarship criteria are based on:

  • Outstanding academic achievement;
  • Relevance of proposed research and personal motivation to the vision of the Arrell Food Institute;
  • Demonstration of commitment to public engagement, as evidenced in the CV; and an
  • Interview with the scholarship selection committee for those applicants that are shortlisted.

Originally from Embro, Ont., an hour’s drive southwest of Guelph, Kathleen Johnson had these thoughts about her research and it’s relevance to the Arrell Scholarship requirements:

“My research will focus on understanding the flow and fate of agricultural and industrial contaminants in the fractured bedrock aquifer beneath the city of Guelph,” she says.

“This research will improve our understanding of the source and fate of the contaminants in these aquifers. Second, this knowledge will allow us to better prepare and ultimately manage agricultural operations to limit or mitigate contaminant occurrence, which will lead to improved water quality for growing food in a safe and sustainable manner in the future.”

Kathleen believes food production will be sustainable only within the limits of local and global water systems.

“Food research is not just about being able to produce enough food for our population but also ensuring everyone has access to affordable, high-quality food,” Johnson says.

“Going forward, we need to shape our food systems to reduce inequalities and be more sustainable. More research is needed before this can become a reality.”

Read about other 2017 Arrell Scholars at the University of Guelph website

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Inspiring and Engaging the Next Generation

Photo of high school students learning about groundwater

On April 26th and 27th G360 participated in the campus wide Interaction conference for Grade 10 and 11 students. Approximately 900 students from all over Southern Ontario attended this conference to participate in unique workshops and have new experiences at the University of Guelph. At this conference G360 was proud to offer our new workshop:

“Wanted: Environmental Scientists Interested in Water Resources”

In this interactive and hands-on workshop, newly designed by Tara Harvey, students were able to put their detective, scientific, and engineering skills to the test by solving a groundwater contaminated site ‘mystery’. The workshop was a theoretical scenario that hydrogeologists at G360 may encounter, scaled down to fit inside a classroom. Students had one hour to collect background data, perform geologic investigations, take hydraulic measurements, and conduct laboratory tests on ‘contaminated’ groundwater samples; basically cramming months worth of work into a very small amount of time.

For most of the students this was their first time really learning about groundwater and groundwater investigations. After completing the workshop, each student can now walk away with a new perspective and knowledge of groundwater research, the investigative tools and methods used, and the types of questions scientists ask.

In an interdisciplinary field of research we encouraged the students to explore their passions and consider how they can contribute to groundwater research in each of their desired fields.

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High school students testing ‘groundwater’ samples from the ‘site’ to determine the presence or absence of contaminants (salt).
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High school students using standard methods to collect hydraulic data (water levels) from the 8 wells at the ‘site’
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High school students collecting background data from the ‘contaminated site’
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Aquifer demo showing the impacts of various geologic materials on groundwater and contaminant flow
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Groundwater samples for analysis from 7 of the 8 wells at the ‘site’.
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A ‘contaminated’ groundwater sample containing salt.