Ph.D. Harvard University (September 2009 – December 2013)
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Advisor: Prof. Jerry X. Mitrovica
Thesis: On sea level – ice sheet interactions
M.Sc. University of Toronto (September 2008 - August 2009)
Collaborative degree in Geophysics and Environmental Studies
Thesis: Large scale sea-level change following polar ice-mass variations
B.Sc. University of Toronto (September 2002 - August 2006)
Physics Specialist, Math Minor
Assistant Professor McGill University (current)
Earth and Planetary Sciences
McGill Space Institute
Canada Research Chair in the Geodynamics of Ice Sheet - Sea Level Interactions, Tier II (current)
Ed Lorenz Postdoctoral Fellow New York University (January 2014 - June 2015)
Center for Atmosphere and Ocean Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Working with Prof. David Holland
Sea level – ice sheet interactions
Modern and paleo sea level modeling
Marine ice sheet stability and evolution
Post glacial rebound and mantle viscosity
Climate change and energy policy
SYNERGISTIC AND RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
Steering committee member for the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) (2015-present)
“Grand Challenges: Sea Level Rise and Regional Impacts” Program
See website for details: https://www.wcrp-climate.org/grand-challenges/gc-sea-level
Steering committee member of SCAR's Scientific Research Program (2016-present)
“Solid Earth Response and influence on Cryosphere Evolution (SERCE)”
See website for details: http://www.scar.org/srp/serce
Writing committee member and workshop presenter at NSF Future Seismic and Geodetic Facilities Needs initiative (2014)
See website for more information about the workshop, white paper contributions and final report:
Invited instructor at the Princeton University Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences workshop on Ice in the Climate System (2014)
Member of the Harvard Graduate Consortium on Energy (January, 2012 – December 2013)
and the Environment
Taking interdisciplinary courses and attending seminars to gain a broader perspective on issues, consequences and strategies related to the future of energy and the environment.
Energy Policy Analyst for the Government of Aruba (February 2012 – August 2012)
Worked with another graduate student to investigate incentivizing electricity load management technologies to deal with the intermittency issues associated with increased renewable wind and solar energy penetration on Aruba. Traveled to Aruba to conduct research and meet with many of the key players in the Energy and Government sectors. Wrote a report for the Aruban Government that was referenced by the Carbon War Room in a Pathways Document outlining the steps for Aruba to follow to reduce their fossil fuel dependence.
EPS Day Event Organizer, Harvard University (April 2010 and 2011)
Organized and convened an evening of graduate student talks, dinner and refreshments highlighting a cross section of research taking place in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department.
Geophysical Consultant, University of Waterloo (November 2007 – August 2008)
Worked with the Department of Environment & Resource Studies to assess the impact of sea-level change on native communities in Northern Canada.
Modeler and Field Assistant, Universitée de Rennes, France (September 2006 - October 2006)
Worked with Prof. Jean Braun in the Geosciences Department modeling strain localization in tectonic processes and participated in geological fieldwork in Southern Spain.
Current Teaching, McGill University, Earth and Planetary Sciences
Cold Earth Science (EPSC 550), Winter 2018
This Earth & Planetary Sciences course is a final-year undergraduate/graduate seminar course co-taught by Jeff McKenzie and Peter Douglas covering a range of topics related to the cryosphere.
Geodynamics and Geomagnetism (EPSC 510), Fall 2016, Winter 2018
This Earth & Planetary Sciences course is a final-year undergraduate/graduate course required in the Physics/Geophysics program and in our Honours, Earth and Planetary Sciences program. It covers a range of topics in geodynamics, including: hte gravity field of the Earth and planets, body and orbital dynamics of the Earth, moon and planets, tidal interactions of the Earth-moon-sun system, the magnetic field of the Earth and planets, deformation of the Earth under static and dynamic loads, surface processes, the geodynamics of ice and the role of ice and water in the climate system.
Understanding Planet Earth (EPSC 201), Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2018
Understanding Planet Earth is a general education course that gives an introductory overview of topics in Earth and Planetary Sciences for non-specialists. Course Description: Learn about Earth's origin, its place in the solar system, its internal structure, rocks and minerals, its climate, the formation of metal and fossil fuel deposits, and the extinction of dinosaurs. Discover the impact of the volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and mountain chains on Earth's past, present and future.
Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, Earth and Planetary Sciences
E-PSCI 261 Sea Level Change (February 2013 - May 2013)
Will hold sections and grade assignments for a graduate level course reviewing sea level theory and applications.
E-PSCI 205 Geophysics: A Primer (February 2012 - May 2012)
Held office hours and created and graded assignments for a graduate level course reviewing a wide range of topics in geophysics.
SPU 12 Natural Disasters (September 2010 - December 2010)
Taught sections and labs and graded assignments and exams for an undergraduate general education course analyzing hazards associated with natural disasters.
Laboratory Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto, Physics (September 2008 – May 2009)
Demonstrated experiments, graded labs, and taught students in a 2nd year undergraduate physics and engineering lab.
Science Outreach Teacher, University of Waterloo & Peetabeck Academy (August 2008)
Worked with a team of scientists, teaching young Native Canadians in Fort Albany, Ontario on basic geophysical processes and presented a talk on the impacts of sea-level change on their community and environment. An article about the program was published in the journal Applied Environmental Education & Communication.
AWARDS and HONOURS
PhD Level Post-Graduate Scholarship, NSERC, 2010 - 2013
Masters Level Post-Graduate Scholarship NSERC, 2009-2010
University of Toronto Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2008-2009
J.R.G. Smyth Scholarship in Physics, University of Toronto, 2008-2009
Grant for Collaborative Research, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, 2006
Bryan Statt Award for Experimental Physics, University of Toronto, 2006
Ted Mossman Scholarship in Mathematics, University of Toronto, 2002-2003
Dean’s List Scholar, University of Toronto, 2002-2006
University College Entrance Scholarship, University of Toronto, 2002
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