(Brief) Curriculum Vitae


Address:
NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics (NRC-HAA)
Dominion Astrophysical Observatory
5071 West Saanich Road, Victoria
British Columbia, Canada V9E 2E7

  • 2024 – Acting Director, Astronomy Technology Directorate, NRC-HAA
  • 2022 – Program Lead, Optical Astronomy Technology, Astronomy Technology Directorate, NRC-HAA
  • 2021 – Elected Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists
  • 2018 – 2021 Science Advisor to the Astronomy Technology Directorate & Lead of the Science and Projects Team, NRC-HAA
  • 2011 – Research Officer / Instrument Scientist, NRC-HAA
  • 2011 – Adjunct Assistant (2011), Associate (2016), Full (2021) Professor, University of Victoria
  • 2008 – 2011 Plaskett Fellow / Research Associate, NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
  • 2006 – 2008 Research Fellow, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, University of Victoria
  • 2005 – 2008 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Victoria
  • 2002 – 2005 Ph.D, Astrophysics, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, U.K.
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Irwin, Thesis: “Satellites and substructure in the Local Group”
  • 1998 – 2002 M.Sci. Astrophysics, First Class Honours, University of St. Andrews, U.K.
  • 180 publications submitted, in press or published in peer-reviewed journals
  • 13500+ citations for all publications / h-index of 60

Graduate & Postdoctoral supervision:

I am always enthusiastic to supervise students (undergrad and graduate) on topics relating to nearby galaxies and instrumentation. Please contact me if you are interested on working with me on these topics.

  • 2022 – Ted Grosson (MSc) Enabling technologies for wide field spectroscopy
  • 2021 – Dr. Christian Hayes, NRC post-doctoral fellow
  • 2021 – Simon Smith (MSc) The galaxy luminosity function of the Local Group
  • 2020 – Jaclyn Jensen (PhD) The outer reaches of the Milky Way seen with Gaia and UNIONS
  • 2015 – 2022 Dr. Mojtaba Taheri (PhD) Advanced Wavefront Sensing and Astrometric Techniques for the Next Generation of Extremely Large Telescopes (w/ David Andersen)
  • 2016 – 2021 Dr. Clare Higgs (PhD) Dwarfs among giants: Exploring environmental impacts on dwarf galaxies with the Solo Survey
  • 2017 – 2020 Dr. Guillaume Thomas, NRC post-doctoral fellow
  • 2018 – 2020 Jaclyn Jensen (MSc) Fossils of the Distant Galaxy: NGC 5466 and its Stellar Stream
  • 2016 – 2020 Dr. Nicolas Fantin (PhD) – Studying a fire from its ashes: white dwarfs as probes of Milky Way evolution (w/ Pat Côté)
  • 2012 – 2017 Dr. Paolo Turri (PhD) – Advancing next generation adaptive optics in astronomy: From the lab to the sky (w/ David Andersen)
  • 2014 – 2016 Clare Higgs (MSc) – Solo Dwarf Galaxy Survey: the Sagittarius Dwarf Irregular Galaxy