I currently teach GEOG 2090: Space Exploration at Western University.
The course was originally designed by the incredible Dr. Phil Stooke and is a wide-ranging introductory course in all things space exploration.
Whether a student is aspiring to become a astronautical engineer, planetary scientists, astrobiologist, space lawyer, or anything else space-related, the course provides students everything they will need to know moving forward.
Teaching #Space2090 has been a highlight of my graduate career at Western, and I’ve had to opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful students and learn about their interest in space. Generally the feedback is overwhelmingly positive.
Aside from teaching, I am also currently working on a number of research projects related to space exploration.
In 2018 I was selected as a Space Generation Advisory Council delegate to the Space Generation Fusion Forum, a gather of up and coming space professionals under 35. The experience was phenomenal. I highly recommend SGAC participation to any young people interested in space.
Along with teaching, my interest in space exploration and technology is related to my interest in environmental politics and climate change adaptation. My research in the space sector focuses on how space technology and science can best be leveraged to prepare communities for the impacts of climate change. I am especially interested in how the United Nations Outer Space Treaty, along with various international programs, can be a catalyst for effective global networks of data sharing for climate action.
For the past three years, Dr. Julie Klinger and myself have hosted paper sessions on issues in critical geography and outer space at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers (the largest meeting of geographers in the world). From these sessions has emerged a special issue on the Critical Geopolitics of Outer Space on which Dr. Klinger and I will serve as guest editors.
While at Western I have also had the opportunity to work on the Canadian Space Agency’s Mars Sample Return Simulation in both documentarian and downlink roles during the analogue mission. I am lead author on a the research paper which reports on the documentation and communication process. The paper is currently under peer-review.