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Research Fellows

Lalita Bharadwaj
University of Saskatchewan

Gambling has never been so exciting as with starburst slot game. Just in a few minutes and in a few clicks and you are already there, in the world of easy money and fun! Lalita Bharadwaj is a Toxicologist in the School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan. Her areas of expertise include human and environmental health risk assessment, and community-based participatory research. Dr. Bharadwaj has a diverse academic background with a B.Sc. in physiology; a M.Sc. in pathology; PhD in toxicology and postdoctoral training in respiratory medicine and molecular/cell biology. Dr. Bharadwaj has performed numerous human and environmental risk assessments on brownfield sites, impacted by creosote, polyaromatic hydrocarbons and heavy metals. She currently serves as a member the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Harnessing Science and Technology to Understand the Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction.


John Cherry
Director -The University Consortium for Field-Focused Groundwater Contamination Research
Contaminant Hydrogeology

John A. Cherry holds geological engineering degrees and a Ph.D. in hydrogeology. He was a faculty member at the University of Manitoba for four years before joining the faculty at the University of Waterloo in 1971 where his research focused on field studies of the migration and fate of contaminants in groundwater and groundwater remediation. He retired from the University of Waterloo in 2006 and was granted the title, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in 2007. He co-authored the textbook “Ground water” with R.A. Freeze (1979) and co-edited and co-authored several chapters in the book “Dense Chlorinated Solvents and Other DNAPLs in Groundwater” (1996). He has participated in development of several technologies for groundwater monitoring and remediation and co-holds several patents. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has received awards for groundwater contamination research from scientific and engineering societies in Canada, the United States and the U.K. and a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering. He is currently the Director of the University Consortium for Field-Focused Groundwater Contamination Research, established in 1988, and is an adjunct professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph.


Bernard Goldstein
University of Pittsburgh
Public Health

Dr. Goldstein is emeritus professor of environmental and occupational health and former dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Goldstein is an elected member of the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine (IOM) where he serves on the Environmental Health Science Research and Training Roundtable. For the US National Research Council he is a member of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, has recently chaired the Committee on Sustainability at EPA, and is a member of the committee organizing workshops on Risk Management and Governance of Shale Gas. He also serves on committees related to shale gas and energy issues for the Canadian Council of Academies and the NSF-funded AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network at the University of Colorado. Currently he chairs the Coordinating Committee of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program and is a member of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Public Health Working Group. His experience includes service as Assistant Administrator for Research and Development of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1983-1985.


Rebecca Harrington
McGill University
Geophysics and Seismology

Dr. Rebecca Harrington received a B.S. from the University of California, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Geophysics and Space Physics from University of California. She is about to begin a faculty position at McGill University in the fall. Her research interests are observational crustal seismology, including radiated energy and earthquake energy partitioning, seismic source parameter scaling, empirical Green’s function analysis of seismic source processes, long-period volcanic earthquakes, and remote dynamic triggering of earthquakes.


René Lefebvre
Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)

René Lefebvre is a full professor in hydrogeology at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), at its Centre Eau Terre Environnement, Québec, Canada. INRS is a graduate level research university part of the Université du Québec network. He joined INRS in 1994 and his research interests are related to multiphase transfer processes (fluids, heat, mass) and accompanying geochemical processes. He also makes developments on the characterization and numerical modeling of local and regional aquifer systems. He holds a B.Sc. in geological engineering from Laval University (1981), a M.Sc. in geology (petroleum geochemistry) from the University of Calgary (1984) and a Ph.D. in geology (hydrogeology) from Laval University (1994). He is coauthor of 50 refereed papers, 25 papers in books and reports, 130 conference proceedings papers, 189 conference abstracts and 152 scientific reports.


Ralph Matthews
University of British Columbia

Ralph Matthews holds a B.A. from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Within Universities, he has served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies McMaster University; Chair, Instructional Support and Information Technology, Faculty of Arts, UBC; and, is currently the Social Science and Humanities Research Coordinator, Office of the VP Research and International at UBC. In research administration, he was Social and Economic Research Theme Leader of AquaNet, NCE, and was Director of the British Columbia Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Networks (C CIARN – BC) funded by NRCan. Professionally, he has served as President (elected) of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, and Editor, of the Canadian Review of Sociology. In 2010 he was elected President of the International Sociological Association, Research Committee 23, Science and Technology for a four year term. In 2012, he was awarded the Canadian Sociological Association’s Outstanding Contribution Award, which recognizes “contributors to Canadian sociology who have a demonstrated a career of exceptional scholarly merit”.


Bernard Mayer
University of Calgary
Isotope Geochemistry 

Dr. Bernhard Mayer is a Professor of Isotope Geochemistry in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. His Applied Geochemistry research group (AGg) employs chemical and isotopic techniques to trace water, carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur compounds in surface and subsurface environments. Dr. Mayer has co-authored more than 100 papers in international refereed journals and 10 book chapters. His innovative research has contributed to various provincial, national, and international research programs, including the Alberta Ingenuity Center for Water Research (AICWR), the Alberta Ingenuity Center for In-Situ Energy (AICISE), the Carbon Management Canada (CMC) and the Canadian Water Networks (CWN) of Centers of Excellence (NCE), and the United Nations SCOPE Nitrogen group. Dr. Bernhard Mayer received his PhD in Isotope Geochemistry in 1993 from the University of Munich (Germany). 


John Molson
Université Laval

Dr. Molson is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Geology & Geological Engineering at Université Laval, Quebec City, and holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Quantitative Hydrogeology of Fractured Porous Media. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, collaborating on research, student supervision and teaching. Dr. Molson’s research focuses on the development and application of numerical models for simulating coupled hydrogeological processes including groundwater flow and aquifer protection, transport and biodegradation of organic contaminants, heat transport, geochemical systems and acid mine drainage. He teaches courses in physical and chemical hydrogeology, aquifer restoration and numerical modelling. He is currently serving on the Quebec Shale Gas Strategic Environmental Evaluation Committee and on the Council of Canadian Academies Shale gas Panel.

Jatin Nathwani
University of Waterloo
Energy Policy, Environmental Engineering

Jatin is a Professor in the Faculty of Engineer and the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo and founding Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE). He currently holds the prestigious Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy Management, established by the Ontario Council of Universities, as well as a long list of professional accomplishments in the field of cleaner energy solutions. He has worked in a leadership capacity in the Canadian energy sector focusing on corporate planning and strategy, sector policy developments, regulatory affairs, long term plans for the energy sector and the role of innovation and R&D in economic performance.


Cathy Ryan
University of Calgary
Ground and Surface Water Quality 

Cathy Ryan (ucalgary.ca/ryan) has been a Professor in Geoscience at the University of Calgary since 1997. Her main research interests include ground and surface water quality (in particular from agricultural and wastewater sources), and understanding and measuring groundwater gases. She also has extensive experience in international development.


David Schneider
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Environmental Biology, Marine Ecology

David Schneider has been a professor at the Ocean Sciences Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland since 1992. He holds a B.Sc. Degree from Duke University in North Carolina in the United States and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Schneider is involved in design and analysis for the Terra Nova Environmental Effects Monitoring Program. Other involvements include ecosystem modeling of the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill (1996-98), an independent assessment of St. Pierre scallop stocks at the request of the Minister of Fisheries, and participation of DFO cod assessments since 1994. Dr. Schneider was a member of the Expert Panel, Hibernia Environmental Effects Monitoring Program (1994). Dr. Schneider reviews manuscript for circa 12 internationally circulated journals, and has served on editorial boards of two of these journals including a Senior Editorial Advisor for the Marine Ecology Progress Series.


Donald Siegel
Syracuse University
Hydrogeology & Hydrogeochemistry 

Donald I. Siegel earned a BS in Geology (1969) from the University of Rhode Island, an MS in Geology from Penn State University (1971) and a doctorate at the University of Minnesota in Hydrogeology (1981). From 1969-1971 he worked for Amerada Hess Corporation and explored for oil and gas, and 1976-1982 with the U.S. Geological Survey as a research hydrologist/geochemist. Siegel joined Syracuse University (SU) in 1982 where he does research on the hydrogeology of hydrocarbon-bearing rocks in the Appalachian Basin, hydrogeochemistry of wetlands, and contaminant geochemistry. Siegel currently is assisting PetroChina and Chesapeake Gas on various unconventional oil and gas development issues.

Siegel has been appointed to numerous panels of the U.S. National Research Council (NRC), including a recent one on environmental effects of coal-bed methane production. The Hydrogeological Division of the Geological Society of America (GSA) awarded Siegel its; Meinzer Award for Hydrogeologic Research, Distinguished Service Award, and the Birdsall Distinguished Lectureship. GSA and the AAAS appointed Siegel a fellow of their societies. Beyond his academic work, Siegel provides scientific expertise to major U.S.Federal Agencies, companies, and environmental groups on major water issues.


Stephen Tomblin
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Political Science, Public/Community Health

Stephen is a full professor in the Department of Political Science and Medicine (Community Health) at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In addition to administrative service in the political science department, Tomblin has served as the Principal Investigator for the Atlantic Regional Training Centre. He has published widely on the issue of regional integration and benefitted from participating in various collaborative/interdisciplinary research projects. He has been a frequent media contributor and produced discussion papers for the Romanow Commission and the Newfoundland and Labrador Royal Commision. He has served on various regional study commissions spending consideration time linking earlier research on Atlantic regionalization issues.