Maria Gorecka celebrates her 60ᵗʰ birthday with Dr. Beth Parker and the G³⁶⁰ Institute – November 2017

Maria Gorecka has been working with Dr. Beth Parker and Dr. John Cherry since October 1996. She started as a lab technician at the University of Waterloo. Maria then became the manager of Dr. Parker’s analytical laboratory in 2001, and in 2008 she followed Dr. Parker to the University of Guelph. She has been supporting Beth’s research for over 20 years now.

Maria has expressed that when she first arrived as a new immigrant, even though she spoke limited English and was learning to live in a new world, her initial trepidation quickly gave way to relief due to the warm welcome she received from working with such an extraordinary group of people who are now her dear friends.

We all feel very lucky to have Maria with us in the group and wish her all the best for her next 60 years!

Inspiring and Engaging the Next Generation

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.

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

G³⁶⁰ Enters Collaborate Agreement with the University of Geosciences, China

We are happy to announce the beginning of what we hope will be a long and mutually beneficial collaboration between G360 at the University of Guelph and the China University of Geosciences (  The collaboration will focus on cooperative research related to groundwater, water resources and civil and environmental engineering.