Emmanuelle Arnaud

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Associate Professor and Assistant Dean OAC (Graduate Programs)
Phone number: 
(519) 824-4120 Ext.58087
(519) 837-0756
Alexander Hall Room 126



B.A. (McMaster University), M.Sc. (University of British Columbia), Ph.D. (McMaster University)


My research program focuses on two aspects of glacial geology-reconstructing the nature of past glacial periods from ancient and recent glacial deposits and using my knowledge of glacial settings to characterize the nature of modern subsurface materials in the context of groundwater resource management (quality and quantity).  I am an active member of the ​Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute, a field-focused working group of 6 faculty, 9 research associates, 5 staff and 30+ graduate students and postdocs at the University of Guelph, with expertise in physical and contaminant hydrogeology, and groundwater modelling and an extensive network of academic, public and private sector collaborators.

My early work focused on ancient glacial deposits in Alaska (Cenozoic glaciation), Norway, Scotland and BC (Neoproterozoic glaciations).  Recent projects have focused on outcrop exposures in moraine environments (Oak Ridges Moraine and Waterloo moraine) and the paleoclimatic significance of deformation structures in those settings as well as subsurface drilling and mapping of ice marginal sediments (Guelph area, Madison, Wisconsin) in the context of hydrogeological investigations related to agricultural and industrial contaminants.  My work is primarily field-based and focuses on the sedimentological analysis of the glacial deposits, their physical properties and spatial distribution and variability.  I collaborate with others to integrate geophysical, geochemical and hydraulic datasets in my analysis of previously glaciated regions. These projects involve collaborations with the other members of the Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute here at Guelph as well as the Geological Survey of Canada, the Ontario Geological Survey, and private industry.

Current graduate student opportunities:  

  • Spatial analysis of groundwater quality as it relates to geology
  • Understanding groundwater, agronomy and drainage system design influences on tile water quantity and quality
  • Glacial history of the Guelph area
  • other projects may be available depending on your interest and funding, please contact me to discuss opportunities.

Check out my personal website for more information.

Meet Prof. Emmanuelle Arnaud

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Prof. Emmanuelle Arnaud is a researcher in the School of Environmental Sciences who studies recent and ancient glacial deposits.

Check out Emmanuelle's 60 second snapshot video here.


Select Publications:
  • Harvey, T. M., Arnaud, E., Meyer, J.R., Steelman, C.M., Parker, B. L. 2019.  Characterizing scales of hydrogeological heterogeneity in ice-marginal sediments in Wisconsin, USA.  Hydrogeology Journal, 27: 1949-1968.  DOI: 10.1007/s10040-019-01978-1.
  • McCormack, K., Arnaud, E., Parker, B. L. 2018. Using a multivariogram approach to improve the accuracy of subsurface geological models.  Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, Special issue on Quaternary geology of Southern Ontario and applications to groundwater understanding, 55:786-801. DOI: 10.1139/cjes-2016-0112.
  • Arnaud, E., McGill, M., Trapp, A., Smith, J.E. 2017.  Subsurface heterogeneity in the geological and hydraulic properties of the hummocky Paris Moraine, Guelph, Ontario.  Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, Special issue on Quaternary geology of Southern Ontario and applications to groundwater understanding. 55: 768-785.  DOI: 10.1139/cjes-2016-0161.
  • Steelman, C.M., Arnaud, E., Pehme, P., Parker, B. L., 2017. Geophysical, geological and hydrogeological characterization of a tributary buried bedrock valley in Southern Ontario.  Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, Special issue on Quaternary geology of Southern Ontario and applications to groundwater understanding, 55: 641-658. DOI: 10.1139/cjes-2016-0120.
  • Meyer, J., Parker, B. L., Arnaud, E., Runkel, A.C., in press.  Combining high resolution vertical gradients and sequence stratigraphy to delineate hydrogeological units for a contaminated sedimentary rock aquifer system.  Journal of Hydrologydoi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.01.015.
  • Arnaud, E. , Best, A., Parker, B. L., Aravena, R., Dunfield, K. 2015. Transport of Escherichia Coli through a thick vadose zone.  Journal of Environmental Quality, Special Issue on Microbial Transport and Fate in the subsurface, 44: 1424-1434.
  • Best A., Arnaud, E., Parker, B. L., Aravena, R. Dunfield, K.  2015. Effects of glacial sediment type and land use on nitrate patterns in groundwater.  Groundwater Monitoring and Remediation Special Focus Issue on Monitoring and Remediation of agricultural non-point sources impacting groundwater quality; 35 (1): 68-81.
  • Arnaud, E., Halverson, G. P. and Shields-Zhou, G. (eds) (2011).  The geological record of Neoproterozoic glaciations. Geological Society of London, Memoirs, 36: 735 pp.
  • Arnaud, E. (2011).  The paleoclimatic significance of deformation structures in Neoproterozoic successions.  Invited review paper for special issue on Clastic Sedimentology and the Neoproterozoic Glaciations.  Sedimentary Geology, 243-244: 33-56.
  • Weaver, L. Arnaud, E., Bajc, A. (2011). Distribution of strain signatures in Quaternary sediments, Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.  Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 48: 1154-1170.
  • Weaver, L., Arnaud, E. (2011).  Polyphase glacigenic deformation in the Waterloo Moraine, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.  Sedimentary Geology, 235:292-303.
  • Arnaud, E. (2008). Deformation in the Neoproterozoic Smalfjord Formation, northern Norway: an indicator of glacial depositional conditions?  Sedimentology 55: 335-356.​


G. P. McRostie Faculty Award 2010.  In recognition of effective advising and mentoring of students at Guelph and for having demonstrated a genuine personal interest in the emotional well-being and success of students. 

Research Area

glacial geology, geology and groundwater, sedimentary geology, environmental geology


Area of Research

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences