I received my B.Sc. in Agriculture (resources management, land resources) from the University of Guelph in 1983. I completed my M.Sc. in Forestry (soils and site productivity) at Lakehead University in 1986. I then spent a year in Germany where I studied and worked in the Department of Silviculture and Soil Science at Ludwig-Maximillian University, Munich. I obtained my Ph.D. in Soil Science at the University of British Columbia in the spring of 1992. My PhD research concerned forest land use dynamics and soil fertility in a mountain watershed in Nepal and I travelled three times to Nepal as part of my research program. I obtained an NSERC "Science and Engineering Fellowship" for my MSc and PhD program as well as an IDRC (International Development Research Council) "Young Researchers of Canada" Scholarship for my PhD research in Nepal. I was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Forest Science at the University of Alberta for the summer of 1992. In the fall of 1992, I was appointed as an assistant professor in the Geography department at SFU and in the fall of 1998 I was promoted to associate professor. I am a registered Professional Agrologist (PAg).


I teach courses in soil science including:

  • GEOG 317 An Introduction to Soil Science
  • GEOG 318 Soils in Our Environment
  • GEOG 417 Forest Soils
  • GEOG 617 (Graduate level) Advanced Topics in Forest Soils