May 1, 2014
John A. Cherry is the Director of the University Consortium for Field-Focused Groundwater Contamination Research, Associate Director of G360 the Centre for Applied Groundwater Research, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Guelph.
Dr. Cherry holds geological engineering degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and University of California Berkley, and earned a PhD in geology with specialization in hydrogeology from the University of Illinois. He joined the faculty at the University of Waterloo in 1971 where he focused on field research on the migration and fate of contaminants in groundwater and its remediation. He held the Research Chair in Contaminant Hydrogeology at the University of Waterloo from 1996 to 2006. Retiring from Waterloo in 2006, he continues research there as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Dr. Cherry also co-authored the textbook Groundwater 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 the development of technologies for groundwater monitoring and remediation, co-holds several patents, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. He has received awards from scientific and engineering societies in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.