Dendrogeomorphology Graduate Students
|Hometown: Mendoza, Argentina
Research Thesis: Climatic variability in the north and south Patagonian Andes of Argentina as inferred from instrumental, dendrochronological and glaciological records.
Main research objectives:
a) Tronador Area (41°10’S, 71°50’W)
b) Fitz Roy Area (49°20’S, 73°05’W)
|Hailing from the Niagara Region, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Brock University. My Masters of Science degree in Geography was completed at Queen's University (Kingston). To increase my knowledge in the field of dendroclimatology, I joined the Dendrochronology Research Lab here at the University of Western Ontario. My current doctorate research involves the study of white spruce (Picea glauca (Moench.) Voss) growing in the Yukon Territory and northern British Columbia, Canada. Based on the examination of ring-width and maximum latewood density, I will be developing regional proxy climate reconstructions spanning the last 300-500 years. These records will be used to investigate patterns of climate variability in northwestern Canada.|
|Born in London, England and raised in Toronto, I received a B.Sc. in
Environmental Science from York University in 2002 and my M.Sc. in Geography (Environmental
Science) at Western in 2005. My Masters project used 26 tree-ring chronologies from the Yukon,
North West Territories and northern British Columbia to determine the dendroclimatic potential
of subalpine fir in the region.
I have had the good fortune of studying dendroclimatology at the University of Arizona and conducting some laboratory work at The Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Currently, I am working on my PhD which will incorporate lake sediment (diatom assemblages) and tree-ring records from the foothills of the Rockies in Alberta to infer paleo-hydrological conditions in the headwaters of the Peace and Athabasca Rivers. These two rivers are the main source of water to the ecologically important Peace Athabasca Delta.
Interesting facts: I love to get out of southern Ontario when I can and have traveled and lived in South and Central America and the Middle East. I have also traveled through much of Eastern and Western Europe, South East Asia, a small piece of Oceania and a large portion of the ball pit at PlayLand McDonalds (Dufferin Location). While in the Yukon I was stalked by a large grizzly bear who wanted me as an appetizer for his much more substantial meal Sean Earles.
|I am currently finishing up my M.Sc. degree working in the UWOTRL. I received my undergraduate Environmental Science and Physical Geography B.Sc. degree from Nipissing University in 2004. My current research is directed into investigating a network of white spruce (Picea glauca) tree line chronologies along the Dempster hwy in the Yukon Territory, Canada. I am also currently working on a couple side projects that include measuring and dating some tree core/disk in the lab for both Dr. Luckman and the Canadian Ecology Centre out of Mattawa, Ontario. Make sure that you check out the picture of Mike and I winding down from a long hard day of tree coring in Chicken, Alaska; during the 2004 forest fire season …do you know why it is called ‘Chicken’???|