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Hydrologist, hydrogeologist join Morwick G360 team as principal investigators


November 1, 2021
By Morwick G360

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Guelph – Two new researcher have joined Morwick G360’s team of principal investigators.

Dr. Ferdinando Manna and Dr. Jonathan Munn have received five-year appointments as assistant professors in the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph. Both had previously been postdoctoral fellows and research scientists with Morwick G360.

Manna, a groundwater hydrologist, has expertise in the assessment of groundwater recharge rates in fractured rock. He studies hydrological processes from the atmosphere to the water table in fractured aquifers. In a past project, he studied recharge conditions by measuring long term climate variability and water table fluctuations in southern Italy’s southern Apennine mountains – that part of the country’s main source of drinking water. His approach includes combining physical and chemical observational field research with numerical modelling at different temporal and spatial scales.

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Munn is a contaminant hydrogeologist with a specialty in the characterization of bedrock aquifers. He uses sensor-based field techniques to measure flow system properties at a range of scales. He has conducted field research in the Guelph area, designing and installing monitoring wells and characterizing hydrogeological units to better understand the bedrock aquifers that supply the region with drinking water. He has a vast knowledge of multi-level monitoring systems and innovative approaches for measuring groundwater contaminants.