Curriculum Vitae

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EDUCATION

Brown University (2014–Present) Providence, RI, USA
Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

  • PhD in Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences (anticipated 2019)
    – Candidate dissertation title: “Advancing thermal infrared spectroscopy as a tool for mineralogical analysis of airless planetary surfaces”
    – Advisors: Dr. R. E. Milliken and Dr. J. F. Mustard
  • MSc in Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences (2016)
    – Thesis: “The geological history of Northeast Syrtis Major, Mars”
    – Advisor: Dr. J. F. Mustard

The University of Western Ontario (2014) London, ON, Canada

  • BSc with Distinction – Honors Specialization in Planetary Science
    – Thesis: “Quantitative grain size determination by two-dimensional micro-X-ray diffraction and its application to the planetary sciences”
    – Advisors: Dr. R. L. Flemming and Dr. P. J. A. McCausland

Memorial University of Newfoundland (2010) St. John’s, NL, Canada

  • BMus (Hons) – Theory and Composition

Moncton Flight College (2005)

  • Private Pilots Licence – Aeroplane

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

  • Graduate Research Assistant (August 2014 – Present)
    Planetary Geosciences Group, Brown University, Providence, RI
    – Using laboratory experiments to constrain how infrared emissivity spectra alter due to near-surface thermal gradients produced on airless bodies
    – Analysis of remotely sensed spectral and optical data from Mars, including geomorphological mapping of Northeast Syrtis Major, Mars.
  • Undergraduate Student Research Award (May 2014 – August 2014)
    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Advisor: Dr. L. L. Tornabene
    – Spectral analysis of Martian surface features using CRISM data.
  • Curatorial Assistant – Western Meteorite Collection (September 2013 – April 2014)
    Advisor: Dr. P. J. A. McCausland
    – Assisted in the curation of meteorites in the Western meteorite collection, Department of Earth Sciences. Analyzed enigmatic vein-coating material in the Tagish Lake meteorite using scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction.
  • Undergraduate Student Research Award (May 2013 – August 2013)
    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Advisor: Dr. P. J. A. McCausland
    – Completed ~750 sample subdivisions of Tagish Lake meteorite material involving descriptions of physical characteristics and curating samples for storage. Lithological investigation of these sample divisions using magnetic susceptibility, helium pycnometry, and X-ray micro computed tomography scanning.
  • Research Assistant – X-Ray Diffraction Laboratory (September 2012 – April 2013)
    Advisor: Dr. R. L. Flemming
    – Operated the two X-ray diffractometers in aid of a variety of research projects. Analyzed and interpreted this data and wrote reports to summarize findings. In total, 37 client XRD datasets were collected, analysed, and interpreted.
  • Advanced Materials and Biomaterials Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Award (May 2012 – August 2012)
    Centre for Advanced Materials and Biomaterials Research. Advisors: Dr. R. L. Flemming, & Dr. J. L. Hutter
    – Designed and built a temperature-controlled sample stage for a micro-X-ray diffractometer. Used the cold stage to characterize High Arctic, temperature-sensitive samples (hydrated sodium sulphate) in situ by micro-XRD.
  • Characterization of the NWA #### H3.9 (S2) W2 meteorite (March 2012 – August 2012)
    with Dr. P. J. A. McCausland & Dr. R. L. Flemming
    – Investigation and ‘typing’ of an unknown Northwest African meteorite using petrographic microscope, micro-XRD, EPMA, and image processing techniques.

HONOURS AND AWARDS
ACADEMIC

  • Dissertation Fellowship, Brown University, 2018
  • Postgraduate Scholarship – Doctorate, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), 2016
  • First Year Graduate Fellowship, Brown University, 2014
  • Donald R. Hay Prize, Western University, 2014
  • Western University Gold Medal – Honors Specialization in Planetary Science, 2014
  • Undergraduate Student Research Award, NSERC, 2014
  • Undergraduate Student Research Award, NSERC, 2013
  • Solomon Family Award in Planetary Science, 2012
  • Advanced Materials and Biomaterials Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Award, 2012
  • Master of Arts, Musicology, Fellowship Award, University of Toronto, 2011, Toronto, ON (Declined)

MUSIC COMPOSITION

  • Composition Commission by the Gower Community Band, 2011, St. John’s, NL
    – Heart of a Community [Concert Band with Organ]
  • Terra Nova Composition Contest, 2009, St. John’s, NL
    – 2nd Place, Chorale Prelude: Ich ruf zu dir [Concert Band]
  • Memorial University Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition, 2007, St. John’s, NL
    – Winner, Sadness for those to come [Chamber Orchestra]

LABORATORY EXPERIENCE

  • Extensive experience in scientific laboratory equipment operation and maintenance, and data collection and analysis, including: thermal emission spectroscopy, reflectance spectroscopy, micro- and powder-XRD, Rietveld refinement, petrography, SEM–EDX, He pycnometry, magnetic susceptibility, and X-ray micro-CT scanning.
  • Extensive experience in operating environmental chambers at non-ambient temperatures and pressures, handling of compress gasses and refrigerated liquids, and working in a pressurized cleanroom environment.
  • Proficient at sample preparation, including: powdered samples, thin sections, meteorites, whole rock samples, SEM pins, and coated samples; and handling temperature-sensitive, time-sensitive, precious, and radioactive materials.
  • Laboratory instruments with formal training and experience:
    – Analytical Spectral Devices FieldSpec 3 Field Spectroradiometer
    – Nicolet Nexus 870 FT–IR Spectrometer
    – Bruker D8 Discover micro-X-ray Diffractometer
    – Bruker D2 PHASER X-ray Diffractometer
    – Rigaku Geigerflex D/MAX X-ray Diffractometer
    – Hitachi 3400-N Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope
    – Quantachrome Instruments Multipycnometer
    – Sapphire Instruments SI2B Magnetic Susceptibility and Anisotropy Meter

COMPUTER EXPERIENCE

  • Proficient with Windows, Macintosh, and Linux-based operating systems and their native productivity software suites.
  • Proficient and highly experienced with ArcGIS, QGIS, ENVI, ISIS3, JMARS, MATLAB, GNU Octave, ImageJ, GIMP, InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
  • Languages: UNIX, MATLAB, IDL, LaTeX.
  • Highly experienced with NASA Planetary Data System data retrieval and image processing for major martian and terrestrial data sets.

FIELD EXPERIENCE

  • Triangle Lake, near Kangerlussuaq, Greenland (5 days, October 2016)
    • Study of acidic lake precipitates with Indiana University colleagues
  • NASA Planetary Volcanology Field Workshop (7 days, July 2016)
    • Study of volcanic features at Hawaiian volcanoes analogous to those on Mars
  •  Brown University
    • Sedimentary Rock Cycle of Earth and Mars Field Trip (5 days, June 2016)
      • Permian Platform and Basin Outcrops of the Guadalupe Mountains
    • Geoscience Graduate Trip (7 days, August 2014)
      • Overviewing survey of the geology of Colorado
  • The University of Western Ontario
    • Bancroft Igneous Petrology Field Trip (3 days, October 2012)
      • Field relationships of igneous and metamorphic rocks
    • Geo-Traverse of Georgian Bay (4 days, Fall 2011)
      • Overviewing survey of the geology of the Georgian Bay area

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Geophysical Union (since 2018)
  • Sigma Xi (since 2018)
  • Geological Society of America (since 2016)
  • Mineralogical Association of Canada (since 2014)
  • The Meteoritical Society (since 2013)
  • Mineralogical Society of America (since 2013)
  • The Planetary Society (since 2011)