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

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.

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

Background: 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.
Interests:  Laura enjoys hiking, camping, boating, and woodworking.

Qi Shen

Research Associate

Background: Qi completed a Master of Engineering in Geological Engineering from the Hohai University in Nanjing, China. He gained fieldwork experience at the Geological Survey of Jiangsu Province as an intern. Currently, he is a PhD student from Hohai University majoring in Groundwater. During his time at the university, he specialized in seepage field simulation at the Baihetan Hydropower Station. He is excited about the opportunity of doing a twelve-month internship supported by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) with the Morwick G360 team.

Interests: Qi enjoys swimming, cycling and playing table tennis. He loves photography and travelling.

Kenley Bairos

Research Associate

Kenley has expertise in contaminant transport and fate modelling as well as experience in hydrogeological field methods for characterization of fractured rock aquifer properties and contaminant distribution. Kenley specializes in numerical modeling for Santa Suzana Field Laboratory hydrogeological data.

Nathan Glas

Research Assistant

Nathan completed his undergraduate degree in the Department of Earth Sciences at Dalhousie University with a focus in Geology and Environmental Geoscience. Nathan’s masters thesis focused on conducting a baseline groundwater quality study in the northwest territories portion of the Liard Basin, with the goal of obtaining an understanding of the hydrochemistry, flow system and aquifer vulnerabilities. He is now a research assistant with Morwick G360.

Maria Gorecka

Laboratory Manager

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

Bruna Sousa

Laboratory Technician

Bruna is a Morwick G360 Laboratory Technician and has a Biotechnology Diploma from Conestoga College and extensive experience in overseeing and implementing analytical processes, striving towards a healthy operating lab, including team collaboration and cross-departmental involvement.

Chrystyn Skinner

Staff Researcher

Chrystyn completed her BSc in Environmental Earth Sciences at the University of Alberta and her MSc in Environmental Sciences (Hydrogeology) at the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on high-resolution methods to characterize groundwater flow systems, particularly in municipal supply aquifers, for designing monitoring networks and evaluating potential impacts to drinking water resources.

Bradley Chapman

Junior Field Technician/Field Engineer

Background: Bradley completed a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in 2020. After his second year of study, Bradley began to focus on more technical water resources classes which piqued his interests in the Hydrogeology field. Prior to and throughout his engineering studies he worked as a summer camp and Aquatic Centre lifeguard and spent two summers working with Stantec Consulting in Saint John doing mostly geotechnical type work including lab and field studies. He is considering pursuing a Master’s in Water Resource Engineering in the future and is looking forward to gaining valuable field experience with the Morwick G360 group prior to committing to graduate studies.

Interests: Bradley enjoys biking, swimming, camping, water sports, badminton and exploring new places. He also enjoys cooking and isn’t afraid to try something new.

Faran Vahedian

Research Assistant

Faran completed her MASc degree in Water and Environmental Engineering from Shahid Beheshti University in 2017. She has since joined the G360 group. Faran’s research interests include groundwater dynamics and contaminant transport and fate, groundwater remediation, source water protection, risk assessment of groundwater vulnerability to contamination, and numerical modeling.

Oliver Conway-White

Research Assistant

Oliver graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BSc in Earth Science (Geophysics Specialization) and most recently from the University of Guelph with a MASc in the School of Engineering. His research expertise includes applying geophysical methods to the study of groundwater by combining multiple geophysical techniques (both surface and airborne) to resolve the hydrostratigraphy of buried bedrock valleys.

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.

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