Dr. M. James (Jim) Hendry (PhD) has received the 2019 Farvolden Award from the International Association of Hydrogeologists, Canadian National Chapter. The Robert N. Farvolden Award honours outstanding contributions to the disciplines of earth science and engineering that emphasize the role or importance of groundwater.
Founded in 1956, the International Association of Hydrogeologists is a scientific and educational charitable organization for scientists, engineers, water managers and other professionals working in the fields of groundwater resource planning, management and protection. The worldwide groundwater organization has a global membership of more than 4,000 individuals.
Hendry is a Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) member and a professor in the College of Arts and Science’s Department of Geological Sciences. In 2018, Hendry was named a distinguished professor of the University of Saskatchewan (USask). The distinguished professor award celebrates exceptional lifetime achievements in research, scholarly or artistic work by USask faculty members.
A global leader in the areas of hydrogeology and geochemistry, Hendry’s research focuses on the impact of mining on the environment. He has made critical contributions to solutions for addressing the contamination of water at mine sites, and his work has dramatically improved scientists’ understanding of the movement of water and contaminants through the ground. Hendry’s research over the past three decades has laid the foundation for potential nuclear waste disposal options and methods for sequestering carbon dioxide underground.
Hendry holds the Endowed Cameco Research Chair in Aqueous and Environmental Geochemistry and he held an NSERC-Industrial Senior Research Chair from 1996 until 2017. His previous honours and awards include the John Hem Excellence Award in Science and Engineering; an NSERC Synergy Award; an earned Doctor of Science degree from USask; and the Henry Darcy Distinguished Lectureship. He is a fellow of both the Geological Association of Canada and the Geological Society of America.