Born in Winnipeg and raised in Dufresne and Selkirk, Manitoba, I’m a geographer, educator and fan of robotic space exploration.
I’m currently a part-time Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Western University, where I have taught GEOG2090: Space Exploration since 2012. The course is an introduction to all things space (basic planetary science, history, space law, and geography) and is designed as a starting off point for students entering the ever-growing (and broadening) space sector.
During the day I am full time analyst with the Canadian Space Agency, and an author with Mango Books. My first book, For All Humankind, co-authored with Dr. Tanya Harrison, will be released March 17, 2020.
I am also the Founder and Co-Project lead for the Ethics and Human Rights in the Space Sector Project Group with the Space Generation Advisory Council, the world’s biggest network of young professionals in the space sector.
Education wise, in 1998 I won the Selkirk Junior High French Improve Tournament. I received my bachelors degree from the University of Winnipeg in 2010 with majors in Political Science and Environment Studies. In 2010 I moved to London, Ontario to study the governance of water management across the Canada-U.S. border, for which I earned my Masters in Geography.
I received my PhD from Western University in 2018 for my research on the Governance of Climate Change in Canada. My research focused on how governments and other actors are working together to prepare Canada for the impacts of climate change, such as heatwaves, drought, more frequent storms, and floods.
My research and writing areas include: Environmental Politics, Climate Change Adaptation, Critical Geopolitics, and the History of Space Exploration.