Current Projects



Diversity in Geoscience

This project is focussed on quantifying the diversity gap within the field of geoscience in Canada and beginning to identify and comment on why women and people of colour continue to be underrepresented. We have published the results of our study conducted at the 2017 joint meeting of the Canadian Geophysical Union and Canadian Society for Agriculture and Forest Meteorology in the journal FACETS: see Diversity in Geoscience

Op ed published at The Conversation: Race and gender still an issue at academic conferences

Past Projects

UBC Geography Identity Committee

Our vision for this committee was to help cultivate a department where all students have a basic understanding of and ability to engage with a broad range of geographical concepts, an appreciation of the work being conducted across the human/physical divide in the department, and an ability to articulate the relevance and importance of Geography. Projects included:


Master's Thesis: Modelling channel morphodynamics: the effects of large wood and bed grain size distribution

A set of four stream table experiments were conducted to examine the role that bed texture adjustments play in the development of a equilibrium channel form in the presence of large wood. Experiments were conducted using two physical models of Fishtrap Creek, an intermediate sized stream in the interior of British Columbia. While both flumes were Froude-scaled models with fixed banks and mobile beds, Model 1 contained a single grain size representative of the D50 of the prototype stream while Model 2 contained a scaled grain size distribution (GSD) of Fishtrap Creek. Two treatments of wood load were run in each model: a moderate wood load and a high wood load. The results of this study show that bed grain size composition plays a dominant role in shaping channel morphology, even in the presence of large wood.



Undergraduate Thesis: Proglacial Evolution in Front of a Retreating Alpine Glacier, Bridge Glacier, British Columbia

This study examined the sedimentological characteristics of Bridge Glacier's proglacial foreland by quantifying four sedimentological indices for each deposit (the clast to matrix ratio of the surface and subsurface, the range and distribution of particle sizes, the C40 index value and the RA index value). It was found that large-scale (e.g. fluvial processes) and small-scale (e.g. winnowing) modification of the deposits following their initial deposition influenced their resulting sedimentological characteristics. 

Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU) 2017 Annual Meeting Local Organizing Committee

The CGU Annual Meeting was held jointly with CSAFM at the University of British Columbia May 28th to 31st, 2017. See the website for the conference here.

I was also co-chair of the Earth Surface Processes session: Morphodynamics of River Systems