I am a Professor and past chair in the Department of Geography at the University of Lethbridge. My primary research program involves three streams: (i) high resolution modeling of environmental change, specifically climate variability and change in the areas of alpine hydro-meteorology and hydrology; (ii) mitigation and adaptation to climate change in the Caribbean and central America; and (iii) science communication and education. I have routinely acted as an expert witness and reviewer on water and climate issues.
Currently my work is expanding to address enhanced natural disaster risk due to human induced atmospheric change. My work on hazards risks is ongoing on three fronts: (i) impacts of TC intensification and sea-level rise on the Caribbean through an MSc student Celeste Barnes; (ii) food security in Nicaragua (Tanya Byrne); and (iii) a continuing Science Education Program "Conveying Researcher Knowledge of Climate Change on Multiple New Media Platforms."
My career includes twelve years as Director, Water Resources Institute, University of Lethbridge and two years as Chair of Department of Geography. I have supervised 20 Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy Programs; currently I serve as Education Lead, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting Conference Committee (AGU Fall Meeting has over 20,000 attendees); am co-convening the AGU Chapman Climate Communication Meeting in Colorado June 8-13; was a founding member and National Theme Leader for Water Resource Management in the National Centres of Excellence Canadian Water Network (CWN) 2000-04; and I have coordination/supervised several million dollars in research funding. I have 45 invited keynote addresses and featured presentations at Science Conferences and Meetings; have chaired/convened 22 Professional Meetings or meeting sessions; over 50 refereed publications and have 140+ conferences papers, posters and presentations. I am a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, International Water Resources Association, 1990-98, Director, Canadian Water Resources Association, Alberta Branch, 1988-98.
My work in science communication and education includes lead scientist and co-producer for three major documentaries that received two awards; three additional awards nominations and many Screenings at International Film Festivals. My educational video production 'Choking Lake Winnipeg' is a finalist in three categories at the 2011 Alberta Film and Television Awards, including Best Educational Production, Best Director and Best Screenwriter non-fiction under 30 minutes. The newest production Climate Change: DO THE MATH! has been seen in over 120 countries.