I received my PhD from McMaster University in 1983, and was a Research Scientist at the ECCC National Hydrology Research Centre in Saskatoon from 1984 until 2013. During this time, my research focused on the hydrology of the Canadian High Arctic and the Mackenzie River Basin, with much of my research over this period of time carried out in the Mackenzie Delta region of the NWT, with hydrologic studies of the Mackenzie Delta and the uplands to the east of the Delta. Since joining Laurier as a Canada Research Chair, my research has continued to focus on climate change issues in the NWT, and specifically at two long term research watersheds near Inuvik, NWT. These include Havikpak Creek and Trail Valley Creek.
This research is integrated into the Laurier – Government of the NWT Partnership program.
The primary focus of my research is the understanding of, and ability to predict the impact of climate change on the hydrology of arctic Canada. Specifically I am interested in understanding the integrated impact of changes in: climate, vegetation, permafrost, and snow, on lake levels and streamflow. My research integrates field observations of changes in hydrology in the western Canadian Arctic with both remote sensing and high resolution, numerical modelling, in order to better understand past and future changes in hydrology.
Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America J. Tuzo Wilson Award, Canadian Geophysical Union
I am frequently recruiting highly qualified students for MSc, PhD and Postdoctoral Fellows in fields of Arctic Hydrology. I am especially interested in students who have northern research experience, have expertise in model development and application and are dedicated to carrying out research in the Canadian Arctic.