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Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

Brown University (2014–Present) Providence, RI, USA
Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences
PhD in Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences (anticipated 2019)
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
– Analysis of remotely sensed spectral and optical data from Mars, including geomorphological mapping of Northeast Syrtis Major, Mars.
– Synthesis of minerals in the laboratory and analysis using spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction investigating questions relevant to Mars.
Undergraduate Student Research Award
(May 2014 – August 2014)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Advisor: Dr. Livio L. Tornabene
– Spectral analysis of Martian surface features using CRISM data.
Curatorial Assistant – Western Meteorite Collection
(September 2013 – April 2014)
Advisor: Dr. Phil 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. Phil 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. Roberta 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. Roberta Flemming, & Dr. Jeff 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. Roberta Flemming
– Investigation and ‘typing’ of an unknown Northwest African meteorite using petrographic microscope, micro-XRD, EPMA, and image processing techniques.


HONOURS AND AWARDS
ACADEMIC

  • 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]

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Member: The Mineralogical Society of America, Geological Society of America, The Planetary Society


LABORATORY EXPERIENCE

  • Extensive experience in scientific laboratory equipment operation, analysis, and maintenance, including: micro- and powder-XRD, Rietveld refinement, reflectance spectroscopy, petrography, SEM–EDX, He pycnometry, magnetic susceptibility, EPMA, and X-ray micro-CT scanning.
  • 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 with theta-theta geometry and remote XYZ stage
    – Rigaku Geigerflex X-ray Diffractometer System
    – Hitachi 3400-N Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope with energy dispersive spectroscopy
    – 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, 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