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Ray is a geoscientist specializing in sedimentary processes in rivers, lakes and estuaries. He was a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph for 25 years. From 2009-19 he was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography at SFU where he worked with Professor Jeremy Venditti and graduate students on sedimentation in the Fraser River. Ray has several ongoing research projects, including the morphodynamics of river dunes, the impact of the Mount Polley tailings dam failure on erosion, deposition and heavy metal contamination in Quesnel Lake, the dynamics of turbidity currents in Kluane Lake, and processes of methane generation in Sakinaw Lake.