Canada’s new Space Advisory Board

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Research | No Comments

I am very happy and honoured to be a member of the Government of Canada’s new Space Advisory Board. We report to the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Details about the board are outlined here. One of our early goals is to get input from the community on the “ Consultation Paper ...

New paper: Systematic curve fitting of spectra

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in Research | No Comments

Check out this new paper by recently graduated PhD student Michael McCraig: “Fitting the curve in Excel®: Systematic curve fitting of laboratory and remotely sensed planetary spectra” published in Computers & Geosciences.

Could evidence of life on Mars be found in a crater?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in Research | No Comments

One of the main areas of research for my group is the beneficial effects of meteorite impacts. Radio Canada International have just posted a short article and interview posing the question “Could evidence of life on Mars be found in a crater?” Read and listen to it here.

Polar Knowledge blog article published on Tunnunik research

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Research | No Comments

Canadian Geographic have published a nice blog article here about our research at the Tunnunik impact structure, Victoria Island, NWT. This is part of an ongoing blog series on polar issues and research presented by Canadian Geographic and Polar Knowledge Canada, a Government of Canada agency with a mandate to advance Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic ...

New Paper: Microbial Diversity of Impact-Generated Habitats

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Research | No Comments

Congratulations to former PhD student and post-doc Alexandra Pontefract on the publication of a new paper entitled “Microbial Diversity of Impact-Generated Habitats” in the journal Astrobiology. The paper is available here and the abstract is below: Impact-generated lithologies have recently been identified as viable and important microbial habitats, especially within cold and arid regions such as ...

New Paper: Reconstructing the Geochemical Signature of Sudbury Breccia, Ontario, Canada

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Research | No Comments

Congratulations to Jon O’Callaghan, who completed his MSc last month, on the publication of his first MSc paper in the journal Economic Geology. The paper, entitled “Reconstructing the Geochemical Signature of Sudbury Breccia, Ontario, Canada: Implications for Its Formation and Trace Metal Content”, can be found here. The abstract is below. The Sudbury breccia is ...

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 ...

New paper: Shatter Cones published in Science Advances

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Research | No Comments

I am pleased to announce that on August 5th, a new paper on shatter cones was published in the journal Science Advances. As summarized in this media release from Western, this paper reports several new insights into how shatter cones form. Shatter cones are one of the most distinctive products of meteorite impact and remain ...

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 ...