Meet our team

Faculty

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Dr. Dan Shugar

Dan Shugar is the Director of the waterSHED Lab. Dan completed his PhD at Simon Fraser University, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Victoria. He worked at the University of Washington Tacoma prior to moving to the University of Calgary. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geoscience and Director of the Environmental Science Program.

PhD (2011, SFU, Earth Science); MSc (2005, Guelph, Geography); BSc (2003, Carleton, Geography)

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Twitter: @waterSHEDlab


Current members

Meghan Sharp

Meghan Sharp

For her MSc, Meghan is applying geophysical and geomatics methods to understand 20th Century behaviour of a surge-type glacier in the St Elias Mountains of northern BC.

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Twitter: meghanasharp 

Holly Basiuk

Holly Basiuk

For her BSc Honours thesis, Holly is studying gravel dune geometry using satellite data and high-resolution DEMs.

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Twitter: Holly_for_life

Dr Mike Tilston

Dr Mike Tilston

Postdoctoral researcher Dr Mike Tilston is studying lacustrine turbidity currents in a British Columbia fjord.

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Twitter: Mike_Tilston

Jackson Bodtker

Jackson Bodtker

Jackson is the newest member of the waterSHEDlab. For his MSc thesis, he's studying alpine geohazards.

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Twitter: @JacksonBodtker

Ethan Lee

Ethan Lee

Ethan is on a URKI-Mitacs Doctoral Exchange, working on understanding what the future of the Canadian Cordillera might look like without ice.

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Twitter: @PalaeoEthan

Lewis Bailey

Lewis Bailey

Lew is on a URKI-Mitacs Doctoral Exchange, working on triggering and frequency of turbidity currents.

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Twitter: @Lew_Bailey

Aram Fathian

Aram Fathian

Aram is a visiting student from RWTH Aachen. While at UCalgary, he's working on large-scale slope deformation using InSAR.

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Twitter: @AramFathian

Alumni

Gryphen Goss (MSc, UCalgary, 2021)

Kijak, Szymon (BSc in progress, UCalgary)

Bonno, Doug (BSc, UW Tacoma, 2018)

Haas, John (BSc, UW Tacoma, 2018)

Kennedy, Katie (BSc, UW Tacoma, 2018)

Lane, Tim (BSc, UW Tacoma, 2018)

Bell, Joey (BSc, UW Tacoma, 2017)

Burr, Aaron (BSc, UW Tacoma, 2017)

Henderson, Yon (BSc, UW Tacoma, 2017)

Rawley, Heather (BSc, UW Tacoma, 2017)

Opportunities

If you are interested in working with the waterSHED Lab on topics including alpine geomorphology or geohazards as a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow, familiarize yourself with our research and get in touch with Dr Dan Shugar by email. Include your CV and unofficial transcripts and a brief explanation of your research interests. I am open to inquires from students from a variety of backgrounds, including geoscience, physical geography, geophysics, etc, but can only consider students whose research interests align with my own. Get in touch as early as possible: For Canadian applicants and permanent residents, note that NSERC funding applications for graduate scholarships have to be submitted in the autumn of the year before you plan to start your studies. 

For more information about applying, see the University of Calgary Department of Geoscience Graduate Overview.