Scientific Team

Amanda Pierce

Senior Research Hydrogeologist & Program Manager

Amanda facilitates communication and collaboration for research conducted at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in Southern California, including field, laboratory, and data interpretation activities; writing technical reports and manuscripts; and project timeline and budget oversight. 

Steve Chapman

Senior Research Engineer & Hydrogeologist

Steve is a senior research associate with focus on contaminant hydrogeology, including application of innovative field methods for high resolution site characterization in diverse geologic environments including clayey aquitards, heterogeneous sandy aquifers, and fractured rock

Carlos Maldaner

Research Scientist

Quantification of groundwater velocity under natural gradient condition in fractured rock boreholes.

Ken Walton

Research Scientist

Application of a multiphase, numerical model to the Santa Susana Field Laboratory Site by simulating recharge processes and TCE source zone evolution in discretely fractured sandstone.

Ryan Kroeker

Senior Field Manager

At local and international sites, Ryan manages all aspects of field activities from running a coring drill, to logging and sampling core, running borehole geophysical tests and other core hole tests to multilevel design, installation, monitoring and sampling. Ryan collaborates on multiple projects and facilitates training for various field activities, ensuring accuracy of procedures, knowledge and safety.

Jeff Melchin

Project Manager

Jeff is a Senior Research Scientist and Project Manager with hydrogeological skills that include site characterization, laboratory techniques, numerical groundwater flow modelling, report writing, and project management. He has applied these skills to assess both municipal and non-municipal groundwater supplies, including assessments of proposed water takings, potential land use change, drought conditions, chloride-impacted groundwater, and the potential resulting impacts to the groundwater flow system and aquatic receptors.

Jessica Bulova

Project Manager and Field Research Associate

Jessica is the project manager for the Hydrite site with research interests in DNAPL contaminated site investigation, particularly in fractured bedrock networks.  Jessica  holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Patryk Quinn

Senior Research Scientist

Pat is the Morwick G360 Institute’s senior Packer Testing research scientist with a focus on developing, applying, and refining techniques for characterizing flow through fractured rock. He has had direct involvement in several dozens of projects (sites) across North America.

Laura Weaver

Research Associate

Laura specializes in data management and visualization, 3D hydrogeological characterization, and predictive groundwater flow and mass fate/transport modelling in support of water supply, environmental impact assessment, mineral resource and reserve estimation, and site remediation initiatives.

Bruno Conicelli

Senior Research Associate

Bruno Conicelli is a Senior Research Associate with over ten years of practical experience in South America and Canada. He has worked on numerous groundwater projects and possesses a strong background in groundwater protection, modeling, recharge, and management.

Marina Nunes

Research Associate

Marina is responsible for managing groundwater monitoring programs across the Guelph region.

Rose Wanyonyi

Laboratory Technician

Rose has a background of more than 15 years in Laboratory settings, focusing on water analysis, water treatment, and data Analysis. Her work focuses on implementing advanced laboratory techniques for chemical analysis. This research directly contributes to the scientific endeavors undertaken by Morwick G360. Her aim has always been to make a positive impact on the communities she serves and she believes in the transformative power of clean water and strives to contribute to a sustainable and healthier future.

Maria Gorecka

Laboratory Manager

Maria is responsible for running and managing all aspects of the Morwick G360 analytical laboratory.

Teresa Pilato

Staff Researcher

Teresa is a graduate from the Colorado School of Mines with BSc in Geophysical Engineering and has previously worked for USGS with the Geomagnetism Program as an intern. She recently completed her MASc in Water Resources Engineering with a focus in groundwater modelling under the supervision of Dr. Parker.

Puvaanah Arrumugam

Research Technician

Puvaanah has completed her BSc. in Earth Science (Hydrogeology Specialization) at the University of Waterloo. Throughout her degree and multiple co-op work terms, she has developed an interest in water resources, climate change and working with environmental data. Puvaanah is excited to gain more fieldwork experience and contribute to various projects at the Morwick G360 Institute.

Stephane Lauzon

Equipment Technologist

Stephane received his Diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology from Saskatchewan Polytechnic. He completed three co-op terms during his studies: two terms as an electrical drafter for a potash mine, and one as an electrical assembler for an aerial lift company. After graduating, he gained experience as an industrial instrumentation technician. In that role, his duties included the construction, installation, reparation, and maintenance of various industrial valves and other instruments found in refineries, pulp and paper mills, food plants, and steel mills across Ontario.