I received my undergrad in Engineering Physics from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. My undergraduate thesis was supervised by Arthur McDonald and was on sources of radioactively pure argon for dark matter direct detection experiments, such as DEAP. I received my PhD with Ue-Li Pen at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics and the University of Toronto Department of Physics. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow and Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Global Scholar Alumnus in the experimental cosmology group at the University of British Columbia.
I grew up on the shores of Porter's Lake, which is on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, near Halifax. In high school I spent most of my time working as a lifeguard and teaching kids how to swim. In the summers I was a lifeguard at Lawrencetown Beach, and to this day one of my favourite activities is playing in those unforgiving waves.
When I left the beauty of Nova Scotia to go to Queen's I embraced the engineering subculture there, meeting my wife Maggie at Clark Hall Pub, the engineering student bar.
We then moved to Toronto, where Maggie worked as a consulting engineer and I did my PhD. We were married in May of 2010.
Our first child Kaito was born September 13, 2012. He seems to be thriving and we are very excited to take him on lots of adventures.We moved to Vancouver in July 2013 where we now reside. Our second child, Kana, was born August 7, 2014.
When I'm not thinking about about cosmology, I enjoy sailing,
hiking, camping, swimming, cycling and most
other outdoor sports. I also very much like to cook (and eat).
Photo credit: Spencer Fu