I completed my undergraduate degree in geology at The University of Western Ontario. I began university with a focus on biology/ecology, but after two years was converted to geology after taking a course in sedimentology and stratigraphy with Dr. Guy Plint. My honour’s thesis project, investigating the allostratigraphic relationship between the Cretaceous Viking Formation and Bow Island Formation of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin, was later completed with Dr. Plint.
My first summer job experience as a geology student was with a junior mineral exploration company working as a field assistant in remote areas of Quebec and Ontario. I then decided to try a summer in the oil and gas industry. After participating in the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists annual Student Industry Field Trip (SIFT) I spent one year as an internship student with Imperial Oil working on oil sands projects, attending The University of Calgary as a visiting student. It was an excellent experience and introduction to the industry. Upon graduating from Western I spent the summer as a student with Devon Energy in their thermal heavy oil group.
These work experiences provided me with an opportunity to develop an appreciation for siliciclastic sedimentology and stratigraphy, and I decided that this was an area I would like to pursue in grad school.
After graduating I spent a few months in Hawaii, and then moved to Vancouver to begin an MSc at Simon Fraser University with Dr. Shahin Dashtgard.