Khumbu, Nepal

Khumbu, Nepal


I specialize in understanding lived experiences of climate change in high mountain communities, with a focus on vulnerability and adaptation to changes in glacial hydrology. My work bridges insights from human dimensions of climate change research, socio-ecological systems analysis, and earth systems science, but is rooted in field research with communities at the frontlines of climate change. I have led projects in the Nepal Himalaya, Peruvian Andes, Rocky Mountains, Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic as well as numerous global-scale assessments of climate change vulnerability and adaptation in cold regions. I am active in publishing and presenting my scholarly contributions and am committed to the mobilization of scientific knowledge, including through my work as a Contributing Author with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). I am currently a PhD student, Vanier Scholar, Liu Scholar, and Public Scholar at the University of British Columbia, where I am affiliated with the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. I hold an MSc (Distinction) from the University of Oxford and a BA (Hons 1st class) from McGill University.

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University of British Columbia - PhD Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (in progress)              2015-2020
University of Oxford - MSc Environmental Change and Management (with Distinction)    2011-2012
McGill University - BA Geography (Honours first class, Dean’s Honour List)       2008-2011

Significant Affiliations

Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (University of British Columbia)
Liu Institute for Global Issues (University of British Columbia)
Public Scholars Initiative (University of British Columbia)
Environmental Change Institute (Oxford University)
Climate Change Adaptation Research Group (McGill University)
Oxford University Mountaineering Club

Selected Awards

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
University of British Columbia Four Year Doctoral Fellowship
International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Doctoral Research Award
University of British Columbia Public Scholar Award
Institute of Asian Research Graduate Fieldwork Fellowship
University of British Columbia Faculty of Science Graduate Award
Liu Institute for Global Issues Bottom Billion Fieldwork Award
University of British Columbia Graduate Student Travel Award
Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability Student Travel Award
Vermont Arts Council Artist Development Grant
Environmental Change Institute Research Grant (Oxford University)
A.C. Irvine Travel Award (Oxford University)
Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship
Moyse Traveling Scholarship (McGill University)
McGill Science Undergraduate Research Award
McGill Honours Research Fellowship
Most Outstanding Geography Student at McGIll University (Canadian Association of Geographers) 
1st Place Excellence in Geographic Photography (McGill University)
1st Place McGill Undergraduate Research Conference
Nominated member of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
Philip Otis Memorial Scholarship (National Outdoor Leadership School)

Other Interests

Photography – As a photographer, I am motivated by the challenge of obtaining compelling images in demanding situations, where factors such as cold, altitude, and cross-cultural differences require high levels of tact and resourcefulness in addition to photographic competence. My photos have appeared in several scholarly publications, popular media outlets, and exhibition spaces. Selected images can be found throughout this website and on the Visual page.

Climbing and Climate Change – I have been involved in rock, ice, and alpine climbing for two decades; have climbed in most major mountain ranges in North America as well as overseas destinations such as the French Alps, Norway, and the UK; and have worked professionally as an ice climbing guide. I draw on this background and my scientific training to provide strategic guidance on initiatives related to climate change and climbing. For example, I am a member of the American Alpine Club’s Climate Task Force, a Science Advisor for Alpinist Magazine, and a Team Member of a National Geographic funded assessment of the impacts of climate change on ice climbing.

Travel – Particularly enjoyable trips to date include the Nepal Himalaya, Peruvian Andes, western Greenland, Baffin Island (Canadian Arctic), Iceland, Norway, the French Alps, and Alaska. I also enjoy finding everyday adventures closer to home.