Khumbu, Nepal

Khumbu, Nepal


I specialize in understanding and documenting lived experiences of climate change in communities affected by rapidly disappearing mountain glaciers. My work bridges insights from the human dimensions of climate change literature, socio-ecological systems research, and perspectives of residents at the frontlines of climate change to reveal the complex causes and consequences of vulnerability and adaptation in high mountains. 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 the human dimensions of climate change in cold regions. I publish and present widely on environmental change issues, possess substantial experience developing and leading environmental change assessments, and am actively involved in photography-based science communication activities. 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.


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, International Development Studies (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                                                                                                                                                    International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Doctoral Research Award                                                                             University of British Columbia Public Scholar Award                                                                                                                         Liu Institute for Global Issues Bottom Billion Fieldwork Award                                                                                                    Institute of Asian Research Graduate Fieldwork Fellowship                                                                                                     University of British Columbia Doctoral Fellowship                                                                                                                   University of British Columbia Faculty of Science Graduate 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)                                                                                                                            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                                                                                                        McGill Science Undergraduate Research Award                                                                                                                            McGill Honours Research Fellowship                                                                                                                                               Phillip Otis Memorial Scholarship (National Outdoor Leadership School) 

Value of monetary awards withheld                              

Other Interests

PhotographyAs 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 – 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.

Travel – I enjoy seeing and engaging with new places and cultures. Particularly enjoyable trips to date include the eastern 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.