Senior Researchers


Dr Diana Allen
Dr. Diana Allen
Department of Earth Sciences, SFU

Diana is a hydrogeologists whose research focuses on hydrogeology, with particular emphasis on groundwater resource evaluation and hydrogeological modeling. She also has related interests in climate change impacts on groundwater resources, environmental isotopes and geochemistry, and low temperature geothermal systems and thermal modeling.

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Dr John Cassidy
Dr. John Cassidy
Earthquake Seismology Section, Natural Resources Canada

John is earthquake seismologist and geophysicist with research interests in all aspects of earthquake hazard studies to help mitigate the impact of future earthquakes in Canada. Current research activities include: mapping movement along faults; mapping the earthquake-generating stress-field; obtaining more accurate earthquake locations; studying what controls local variations in earthquake ground shaking; and mapping earth structure using earthquake waves (with applications to resource evaluations).

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Dr John Clague
Dr. John Clague
Emeritus Director CNHR
Department of Earth Sciences, SFU

John is quaternary geologist with interests in a wide variety of Earth Science topics, including earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, landslides, climate change, geomorphology, and Quaternary history. He has expertise in all areas of natural hazards and is a leader in making earth science information more accessible to the public, teachers, and policy makers.

Dr Lori Daniels
Dr. Lori Daniels
Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences, UBC

Lori's research strives to advance fundamental scientific knowledge on forest dynamics, which is imperative for conserving and managing contemporary forests and adapting to global environmental change. Her research characterizes how natural disturbances, humans and climate interact to drive temperate forest dynamics and resilience.

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Dr Gwenn Flowers
Dr. Gwenn Flowers
Department of Earth Sciences, SFU

Gwenn has research expertise in glacier and ice-sheet dynamics, the hydrology of glacierized systems, and the relations of these systems to climate. She is interested in glacier surge dynamics, outburst floods from ice-dammed lakes, sensitivity of glaciers to climate change, and the hydraulics of ancient ice sheets.

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Dr Marco Giardino
Dr. Marco Giardino
Department of Earth Sciences, Torino, Italy

Marco is particulalry interested in geomorphological mapping in mountain areas (morphostructural conditions of large slope instabilities), studies of geomorphosites for natural heritage protection and geotourist risks prevention.

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Dr Pascal Haegeli
Dr. Pascal Haegeli
School of Resource & Environmental Management, SFU

Pascal is an avalanche scientist with a background in earth and atmospheric sciences. Previously his research focused primarily on scale issues in avalanche forecasting and avalanche climatology. More recently, his research interests have expanded to the human aspects of avalanche safety.

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Dr Paul Kench
Dr Paul Kench
Department of Earth Sciences, SFU

Paul is a coastal geomorphologist interested in coastal hazards and the physical and sedimentary processes that govern the formation and change in coastal landforms at a range of temporal scales. He has worked extensively in tropical coral reef systems and temperate gravel and rock coasts. His active research interests include: the evolution of coral reef islands during the Holocene; island and coastline morphodynamics; reconstructing paleo-ocean pH in the central Pacific over the past 2,500 years using geochemical analysis of coral skeletons; the physical response of coastlines to rising sea levels; and, impacts of sea level change on coastal communities.

Dr Scott McDougall
Dr. Scott McDougall
Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, UBC

Scott has primary research interests in geological engineering and integrated numerical modelling of debris flows and other mass wasting events.

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Dr Luigi Perotti
Dr Luigi Perotti
Department of Earth Sciences, Torino, Italy

Luigi is particulalry interested in geomorphological mapping in mountain areas, GIS and Geomatics applications.

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Dr Jessica Pilarczyk
Dr Jessica Pilarczyk
Department of Earth Sciences, SFU

Jessica studies how coastal environments have been altered by extreme events (e.g., earthquakes, storms, and tsunamis) and gradual environmental changes (e.g., sea level) over the Holocene. Her research is global and includes active field sites in the Caribbean, Japan, New Zealand, Oman, the Philippines, Sumatra, and Vanuatu.

Dr Steve Quane
Dr Steve Quane
Physical Sciences Faculty, Quest University

Steve is a volcanologist who uses surface and bathymetric mapping as well as aerial imaging to investigate young volcanic landscapes and their associated hazards. He is also involved in earth science outreach including the development of the Sea to Sky Fire and Ice Geopark.

Dr Bernhard Rabus
Dr. Bernhard Rabus
Earth Sciences & School of Engineering Science, SFU

Bernhard is intersted in SAR methods and applications, with a focus on (i) maritime applications (e.g. vessel detection and characterization, ocean parameter derivation) & (ii) novel land applications using advanced interferometric and polarimetric time series analysis techniques.

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Dr Gioachino Roberti
Dr. Gioachino Roberti
Section Head, Geohazards, Minerva Intelligence

Gio is intersted in the application of nove artificial intelligence (AI) approaches to the automated identification and risk assessment of geohazards such as landslides.

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Dr Nicholas Roberts
Dr. Nicholas Roberts
Department of Earth Sciences, SFU & Mineral Resources Tasmania

Nick is a hazards geologist specializing in hillslope processes, landscape evolution, and societal risk. He investigates these topics with a breadth of techniques including geomorphology, stratigraphy, geochronology, and applied remote sensing.

Dr Kelly Russell
Dr. Kelly Russell
Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, UBC

Kelly's research interests are in volcanology and igneous petrology as related to the formation, transport and eruption of magma.

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Dr Doug Stead
Dr. Doug Stead
Department of Earth Sciences, SFU

Doug's primary research interest is the application of rock and soil mechanics, and innovative, integrated numerical modelling to natural hazards. He is developing new methods of engineering geological and geomechanical mapping of rock and soil slopes for use in modelling with state-of-the-art numerical codes.

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Dr Bert Struik
Dr. Bert Struik
Department of Earth Sciences, SFU & Natural Resources Canada

Bert has a background in tectonics, land-use policy and risk assessment. He is particularly interested in land-use risk management schemes and the application of risk assessment for risk management. Bert is also the Editor for the Risky Ground newsletter.

Dr Benjamin Van Wyk de Vries
Dr. Benjamin Van Wyk de Vries
Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, UCA, France

Ben is a volcanologist interested in volcanotectonics, catastrophic landslides and debris avalanches, photogrammetric monitoring of volcanic slope deformation and volcanic risks.

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Dr Jeremy Venditti
Dr. Jeremy Venditti
Department of Geography, SFU

Jeremy is a geomorphologist who leads the River Dynamics Laboratory at SFU. His research focuses on fluid dynamics, sediment transport and bedrock erosion processes in Earth’s largest river systems. He has a particular interest in natural hazards associated with flooding, and the impacts of flooding in a changing climate.

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Dr Nathalie Vigouroux
Dr. Nathalie Vigouroux
Department of Earth Sciences, SFU & Douglas College

Nathalie is a volcanologist with research interests in physical volcanology, gas geochemistry and geothermal resources. Her research uses geochemical techniques to investigate active volcanoes and their associated geothermal systems.

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Dr Brent Ward
Dr. Brent Ward
Co-Director CNHR
Chair, Department of Earth Sciences, SFU

Brent is a classical, field based Quaternary geologist whose research interests include sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleoenvironmental reconstructions, surficial mapping, drift prospecting and landslides. His present research is focussed on trying to resolve aspects of the stratigraphy of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet and associated paleoenvironmental reconstructions.

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Dr Glyn Williams-Jones
Dr. Glyn Williams-Jones
Co-Director CNHR
Department of Earth Sciences, SFU

Glyn is a volcanologist with research interests in physical volcanology and the processes controlling active volcanoes in the Americas, Europe, and Hawaii. His research uses geophysical, geochemical, and remote sensing data to investigate precursory signals and triggers of volcanic eruptions.

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Dr Jeffrey Witter
Dr. Jeffrey Witter
Department of Earth Sciences, SFU & Innovate Geothermal

Jeff is a volcanologist with research interests in physical volcanology, gas geochemistry, geophysics and geothermal resources. His research uses a range of geochemical and geophysical techniques to investigate active volcanoes and their associated geothermal systems.

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Postdoctoral Researchers


Dr Elizabeth Dingle
Dr. Elizabeth Dingle
Department of Geography, SFU

Influence of sediment transport on river channel and floodplain dynamics.

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Dr Davide Donati
Dr. Davide Donati
Department of Earth Sciences, SFU

Characterizing Damage in High Rock Slopes

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Graduate Students

Juan Anzieta
Juan Anzieta
Ph.D. candidate
Earth Sciences, SFU

Deep learning approaches for assessment of multi-temporal, -spatial & -modal data in the Canadian Natural Hazards Portal

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David Bigelow
David Bigelow
M.Sc. candidate
Earth Sciences, SFU

Englacial properties and processes in the vicinity of an ice-dammed lake, Kaskawulsh Glacier, Yukon

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Antonina Calahorrano
Antonina Calahorrano
Ph.D. candidate
Earth Sciences, SFU

3D geophysical imaging of the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt, BC, Canada

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Jeff Crompton
Jeff Crompton
Ph.D. candidate
Earth Sciences, SFU

Geological controls on glacier dynamics

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Derek Cronmiller
Derek Cronmiller
M.Sc. candidate
Earth Sciences, SFU

Quaternary and Glacial History

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Megan Dewit
Megan Dewit
M.Sc. candidate
Earth Sciences, SFU

Application of Remote Sensing to Geological-Geotechnical Characterization of Volcanic Rocks

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Ryan Kremsater
Ryan Kremsater
M.Sc. candidate
Earth Sciences, SFU

Characterisation of the Cascade Bay Landslide, BC.

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Yannick Le Moigne
Yannick Le Moigne
Ph.D. candidate
Earth Sciences, SFU

Investigating the Canada's deadliest volcanic eruption and mitigating future hazards

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Mahmud Muhammad
Mahmud Muhammad
Ph.D. candidate
Earth Sciences, SFU

Remote sensing & geotechnical modelling of of the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt, BC, Canada

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Jesse Mysiorek
Jesse Mysiorek
M.Sc. candidate
Earth Sciences, SFU

Geotechnical Characterisation of Landslides in Nepal

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Taylor Piller
Taylor Piller
M.Sc. candidate
Earth Sciences, SFU

Characterising Checkerboard Creek Rock Slope, BC.

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Tryggvi Unnsteinsson
Tryggvi Unnsteinsson
M.Sc. candidate
Earth Sciences, SFU

Volcano-glacier dynamics of the Mt Meager Volcanic complexe, BC, Canada

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Swetha Venugopal
Swetha Venugopal
Ph.D. candidate
Earth Sciences, SFU

Magmatic volatile fluxes through two subduction zones: The Canadian Cascades and the Lesser Antilles

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Rachel Warwick
Rachel Warwick
M.Sc. candidate
Earth Sciences, SFU

A probabilistic volcanic hazard assessment for the Mt. Meager Volcanic Complex, BC

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