My research focuses on how glaciers, landscapes, and the people who dwell within them are responding to ongoing climate change. Some of my current research projects focus on landscape and hazards responses to changing glacier dynamics, the effects of climate change on meltwater resources, and the lived experiences of people living with these changes. I have ongoing research projects in BC, Alaska, Patagonia, Greenland and the Himalayas. I am fascinated with all components of geomorphic change, particularly the loss of ice, the imprints of humans on the landscape and how we process and adapt (or maladapt) with change.
I am also interested in the limitations of western scientific thought in understanding landscape change and climate change, and what other ways of knowing are necessary if we are to survive the climate and nature emergency.
- Physiographic signatures of climate change in the Anthropocene
- Indigenous, local and place-based knowledges of landscape change
- Braiding worldviews and perspectives of climate change in mountain regions
- Glacier erosion, ice dynamics and ice-sediment-ocean interactions from source to sink
- Landscape dynamics, natural hazards and paraglacial landscape relaxation due to glacier shrinkage
- Glacier melt runoff and response to climate change in the Himalayas and Pacific Northwest
- Climate-change adaptation and resilience in high mountain communities
- Critical physical geography and reflexivity in science
- Diversity, equity and inclusion in the geosciences
- Weaving science and art to address the climate crisis
Here are a couple links to recent talks I have given, where I share the types of conceptual and empirical research I do:
A research talk I gave as part of the Wiley presents Women Advancing River Research seminar series in May 2021
A research talk I gave to the global LandscapesLive! seminar series on October 1, 2020
A public talk on the cascading effects of climate change on mountains, with the Salt Spring Forum in March 2021: