Graduate Students Share Water Wisdom at College Royal 2022

Every year, the University of Guelph holds a massive campus-wide open house known as College Royal, the largest university event of its kind in North America. It has been a Morwick G360 tradition for our graduate students to take part in this celebration, teaching the general public and potential future students about how groundwater research is carried out and why studying this vital resource is so important.

Morwick G360 representatives Cameron, Felix, and Bradley prepare to teach visitors about groundwater science!

Quite a few families stop by, and many people were curious to hear about Morwick G360’s research. Popular questions from visitors concerned the nature of Guelph groundwater supply, possible threats and safety measures taken to avoid contamination and over pumping, and questions about water hardness.

The rock core and flow tank displays offered a bit of hands-on hydrogeological learning. Some younger visitors wondered what sort of undergraduate program would lead to a career in the field, while older visitors who were already well versed in geology were keen to talk shop and engage on topics of local importance with regard to groundwater protection.

Visitors of all ages stopped by to learn about rock cores, groundwater, geology, and get their hands on the miniature sand tank display.

A big thank you to the team of graduate students who came out to make College Royal such a success this year. As the first ‘in-person’ event for many of us after several years of virtual gatherings, it was great to see such enthusiasm. Groundwater is a key resource that’s worth understanding, for scientists and the public alike. We’re excited to continue to share our research through similar outreach activities going forward, and we can be reached anytime at

World Water Day Highlights Groundwater Research, Sustainable Policies, and Work Still to be Done to Keep Drinking Water Safe.

On March 22, 2022, the Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute invited experts from across the University of Guelph and the broader community to reflect on the current state of groundwater research, best practices in resource management, and emerging challenges in contaminant mitigation and remediation.

Keynote speaker Mark Borchardt speaks about groundwater studies in Wisconsin.

One of the highlights included a panel reflecting on how the Walkerton Report, released 20 years ago this year, helped put the Province on a path to minimize the chances that a tragedy like Walkerton will occurring again.

Bruce Davidson speaks about the lessons learned from Walkerton.

One of the key takeaways of the day was that there is still much work to be done, including ensuring safe drinking water for Indigenous communities, and finding solutions for new and emerging contaminants.

Attendees examine research posters produced by University of Guelph students.

Graduate students from the University of Guelph also participated in the event, preparing posters on various topics in groundwater research. We are pleased to announce the winners of the poster competition:

3rd Place: Cameron Myshok

2nd Place: Oliver Conway-White

1st Place: Sarah Rixon

Emmanuelle Arnaud, Bruce Davidson, and Dave Rudolph discuss the legacy of the Walkerton Report 20 years on.
Experts from the One Health Panel discuss the interdisciplinary nature of groundwater research.
Jonathan Munn opens the discussion on municipalities and groundwater use.

Thank you to everyone attended in person and online. We would also like to thank the School of Engineering, The Guelph Institute for Environmental Research, and the One Health Research, for their support in hosting this event. Stay tuned for future events!

Remembering Carla Rose

Morwick G360 is deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Carla Rose, a former colleague and longtime friend of many at the Institute. We would like to pay our respects to her memory and offer condolences to those she leaves behind. Carla was a joy to work with during her five years at the G360 Institute from 2012 to 2016. She stayed in touch with many of her colleagues after leaving, and it was one of her defining qualities that once you were a part of her life, she worked to maintain meaningful relationships. In addition, Carla carried out her research with purpose and curiosity, and was an inspiration to us and others around her. Carla leaves behind a legacy of good friendship and excellent scholarship, and she will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.

In Carla’s memory, Carla’s family has suggested making a donation in support of local public libraries in her name, especially “your library’s early childhood collections and programs. Those resources are invaluable to the parents of children in their formative years and are resources that Carla made extensive use of.” Visitation information can be found here:

We’d like to end with some words of reflection from Morwick G360’s Director, Beth Parker:

“I fondly remember when Carla first approached me to ask for an opportunity to work in my research group at the University of Guelph. She wanted to improve her understanding of groundwater science and we were engaged in research at field sites collecting soil, rock and groundwater samples. She was extremely curious about the parts of the system she didn’t already know anything about, and was very thoughtful in pursuing whatever possibilities she could to complete the full picture. I couldn’t resist offering Carla an entry-level research staff position in the group given her quest for knowledge and understanding, but this quickly transitioned to a professional position as she combined contaminant hydrogeology with her MSc expertise. It quickly became apparent that she was always eager to volunteer and help everyone around her. It was her attention to detail that was her distinguishing quality, alongside her pursuit to understand the meaning. Her thorough consideration of many diverse topics made it a joy to carry on thoughtful conversations with her. We had many such conversations about her career interests, and I was touched by her enthusiasm and dedication. Carla was sensitive to others and showed great respect to everyone. She knew how to be personable and caring. I especially like that she shared personal news and experiences as a new parent several years after she left G360, knowing that I was interested. With Carla, once you were a part of her life, she stayed in touch forever. Hence, anyone who knew Carla is feeling an unjustifiable loss of a friend.”

Join us for World Water Day 2022

The Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute is hosting a day-long World Water Day workshop on March 22nd, in collaboration with GIER, OHI, and the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph. The theme this year, chosen by the United Nations for this global event, is Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible. All are welcome to attend for as much or as little of the day as they are able, and registration details are available here:

We hope to see you there!

Hydrogeologist or Environmental Engineer – Job Opportunity with Sanborn Head

Morwick G360 friends and colleagues, we’d like to share an opportunity that came to our attention this week for a Hydrogeologist or Environmental Engineer to work with Sanborn Head. The position is based in Concord, NH (other office locations may be an option), and duties will include performing site characterization and remediation projects. Ideal applicants will have 0-2 years of experience and a MS degree in hydrogeology/environmental engineering with strong quantitative hydrogeology skills.  For more details about the position and how to apply, please follow the link below:

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