Western Media Release – Sub-surface Mars scanner concept gets boost from Western University expertise

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

It’s great to be able to publicly announce that I am the PI of the science team on a concept study being led by MDA to design and hopefully launch a synthetic aperture radar to Mars. Details are provided in this media release from Western University available here.

New paper: SHARAD detection and characterization of subsurface water ice deposits in Utopia Planitia, Mars

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

It’s a pleasure to announce the publication of a new paper in the journal Geophysical Research Letters entitled “SHARAD detection and characterization of subsurface water ice deposits in Utopia Planitia, Mars”. The paper can be accessed here. The first author is Cassie Stuurman who conducted this research as part of her undergraduate honours thesis work! This ...

Heading to the Haughton impact structure, Nunavut

Posted by on Jul 16, 2016 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

Over the weekend, myself and 12 others will be travelling north via Ottawa and Iqaluit to Resolute Bay. Our destination is the Haughton impact structure, which lies on western Devon Island, north of the infamous Northwest Passage. At 75 degrees North, Haughton is the highest latitude impact structure on Earth. Haughton is a unique crater: ...

Featured in an NSERC PromoScience video

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

As most people know, pubic education and outreach is one of my big passions! I’ve received funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for a number of projects, the most recent of which is entitled “Impact Earth”, which seeks to educate and inform researchers and the public alike on impact ...

Two post-docs moving on to new positions

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

Congratulations to Raymond Francis and Alexandra Pontefract who are moving on to prestigious positions in the US. After doing their PhDs with me at Western and then time as post-doctoral fellows, I am both happy and sad to see them moving on. Alex and Raymond kindly provided the announcements below: Raymond Francis has been hired ...

Featured in London Community News article

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

Delighted to have been featured in an article in the London Community News on my work in the Arctic. Although a bit embarrassed to be called “London’s biggest rock star”! Read the article here.

HiRISE article about Dr. Livio Tornabene

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

Dr. Livio Tornabene, a research scientist in my group, is featured here in a great article by the HiRISE team: http://www.uahirise.org/epo/4qa/tornabene/. Congrats Livio!

Tunnunik Expedition Underway

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

It has begun! Our expedition to the Tunnunik impact structure on Victoria Island, Northwest Territories, has begun! As I write this, the first wave of travellers has left London, ON, with a two-pronged approach via Yellowknife and Ulukhatok in the west and Ottawa-Iqaluit-Resolute Bay in the east. Our destination for this expedition is the 28 ...

Lots of congratulations!

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

It’s been a great month for my group, with several students winning awards: – Jonathan O’Callaghan has been awarded the G.G. Suffel Fellowship for Graduate Studies in Applied Economic Geology and a Society of Economic Geologists Fellowship. – Alex Pontefract has been awarded a Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research grant. – Patrick Hill ...

‘Tinkering club’ lets inquisitive spirits fly

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

PhD student Marianne Mader has founded STEAMLabs with her husband, Andy Forest. STEAMLabs is a non-profit ‘makerspace’ dedicated to kids and adults who want a place where imagination comes out to play. Read the Western News article here. Congratulations Marianne on this fantastic achievement!