Khumbu, Nepal

Khumbu, Nepal

Bio

I am an environmental change researcher with an interest in high mountain and Arctic regions. My work is focused on vulnerability, adaptation, and transformation with a particular emphasis on governance strategies that promote human well-being and ecological resilience in the context of a changing cryosphere. I have led projects in the Nepal Himalaya, Rocky Mountains, Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic as well as numerous global-scale assessments of environmental change in cold regions. I have published and presented widely on environmental change issues, and have substantial professional experience developing and leading environmental change assessments. 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.

Education

University of British Columbia - PhD Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (in progress)                                   2015-2019

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)

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 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*                                      

Environmental Change Institute Research Grant (Oxford University)*                                      

A.C. Irvine Travel Award (Oxford University)*                                                                         

Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship*                                                                                                

McGill Arctic Fieldwork Award*                                                                                                                                  

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*

*monetary award, value withheld                                      

Other Interests

Climbing – I have been involved in rock, ice, and alpine climbing for nearly 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.

Photography and Film – I use visual methods to creatively engage with the aesthetics of ice and snow influenced regions and to reveal processes of environmental change that are out of view for many people. I have exhibited work on multiple occasions, and my images have appeared in numerous scholarly publications and popular media. Selected images can be found on this website and on my Images page.

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.