PhD Students

Felix Nyarko

PhD Candidate, School of Engineering

Felix has earned degrees in geological engineering (BSc., KNUST-Ghana, 2015) and groundwater (MSc., Institute for Water Education, IHE-Delft, The Netherlands, 2019). In 2018, he was a research intern on the Phosphorus II project at the Institute of Hydrology, University of Freiburg (Germany). Felix has also worked as a mine geologist and a soil contaminant analyst . He specializes in subsurface characterization using geophysical techniques and groundwater contaminant transport using hydrological tracers. Currently, his research focuses on field-based characterization of contaminant transport in porous aquifers with emphasis on understanding the spatial hydraulic connectivity at discrete depths.

Julie Zettl

PhD Candidate, School of Engineering

Julie received her bachelors (2007) and masters (2014) degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. She has worked as a Research Engineer at both the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Alberta. Julie has also worked on contract with various industry and consulting companies. In 2019, she formed her own company and has had contract work from Alberta and Saskatchewan. Her primary work area is in Geoenvironmental Engineering with an emphasis on water storage and transport in layered systems, contaminant transport and the design of safe containment systems for various industry by-products. Currently, Julie is working part-time as a Research Associate for the Morwick G360 Institute for Groundwater Research and continues to do consulting contracts through her company. In the fall of 2021 she is enrolled in the Water Resource Engineering PhD program at the University of Guelph.

Interests: Julie enjoys spending time with her family outdoors including hiking, whitewater canoeing, kayaking, trail biking and skiing. She enjoys growing her own food and is always looking for new ways to increase her food productivity in the urban setting in which she lives.

Mansour Salek

PhD Candidate, School of Engineering

Mansour recently completed his Master of Engineering in Water Resources from the University of Guelph, specializing in groundwater vulnerability analysis. He is pursuing a PhD in Water Resources Engineering with a focus in non-point contamination transport in bedrock aquifers.

Monica Resto-Fernandez

PhD Student

Monica has recently completed a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Mercer University (Macon, Georgia, USA), with a graduate concentration in Engineering for Development. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida, USA). She has a background in engineering for development; her graduate field research site is in southern Dominican Republic.

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