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!

CMC Open House – October 2017


CaMI (Containment and Monitoring Institute), a business unit of CMC (Carbon Management Canada) established the Brooks field research station (FRS) to facilitate and accelerate research for geological containment and storage of CO2 as one of its many goals. Carbon capture and storage is a key component of Canada’s strategy for continued development of unconventional oil and gas deposits under growing global pressure to move toward a low carbon economy.

The G360 Institute for Groundwater Research, with Dr. Beth Parker as the Principal Investigator, have developed a growing collaboration with CaMI to lead the groundwater monitoring aspects of the study at the FRS. The primary focus of the G360 team, with Leon Halwa as Project Manager, will be to lead the groundwater characterization and monitoring of the shallow and intermediate zones before, during and after injection of the CO2, to better understand the mobility of stray gas.

On the 24th October 2017, CaMI  had an official opening and celebration of the start of the injection program, after a decade of planning, collaborations and investments.  The event was well attended with a turnout of over 70 people. The event is shown on the university of Calgary website at:

G³⁶⁰ celebrates science at a primary school in Guelph, ON – October 2017

On a bustling Thursday night in October, a handful of members of the G360 Institute participated in a science night at a King George Public School in Guelph, ON. The goal of the night was to celebrate science!

Around 15 kids, ranging from grades 1 to 8, and their families came into the classroom to explore minerals, local fossils and carbonates as well as a bench scale aquifer contamination model.  Their experience continued with leaking ‘septic tanks’ flowing into lakes, well preserved corals and diverse mineral habits.

We can tell by the looks of awe and wonder on the kids’ faces, that the night was a roaring success.

G³⁶⁰ Institute engages with grade 12 students at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute (GCVI) – October 2017

On Friday the 6th October 2017, graduate students from G360 Institute for Groundwater Research did a 75 min workshop with the grade 12 students at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute (GCVI). The class (~15 students) was a combined Environmental Resource Management course and an Environmental Systems and Societies course. The workshop involved a brief overview presentation on groundwater and some demonstrations with Guelph area rock core and an aquifer tank.

Michael Ben-Israel receives 2nd place in student platform presentation competition at the 14th International Phytotechnologies Conference Slides – September 2017

Michael Ben-Israel received 2nd place in the student platform presentation competition (out of about 50 student presenters from around the world) at the 14th International Phytotechnologies Conference in Montreal last month. Michael is a PhD Student of Dr. Kari Dunfield at University of Guelph School of Environmental Sciences

R. Aravena and B. L. Parker were Co-Principal Investigators and project team students included R. Andrea (under Dr. K. E. Dunfield), J. Fernendes and Philipp Wanner (under B. L. Parker).

Thanks also to Kamini Khosla (lab manager at Dunfield) and the G360 staff (Juliana Camillo, Steve Chapman and intern James Hommerson).

Citation: M. Ben-Israel, J. Fernandes, P. Wanner, E.A. Haack, J.G. Burken, D.T. Tsao, R. Aravena, B.L. Parker, and K.E. Dunfield. Development of a toluene phytoremediation conceptual model in shallow fractured bedrock. Platform presentation at the 14th International Phytotechnologies Conference, Montreal, Canada (September 2017).

See the presentation here: