• Welcome to this page! I am a Planetary Geologist, an independent research scientist and founder of BeSpatial Consulting based in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

     

    I work in a field that combines both space science, geography, and geological analyses. In particular, I use a combination of spatial and spectral datasets acquired from satellite missions to determine the geological history of planetary surfaces. This analysis is possible using remote sensing and cartographic GIS techniques. So far, my research topics have focused on characterizing the morphologies of impact craters on several planetary bodies (Earth, Moon, Venus) using data fusion techniques but I'm eager to test it on other geological features and surfaces.

     

    Beyond research, I enjoy participating in outreach activities, communicating the marvels of planetary science with the general public. As a GIS enthusiast, I am constantly exploring different ways to incorporate GIS tools and techniques and share it with everyone!

     

    My expertise are in geology, remote sensing techniques, and GIS visualization.

  • Skills

    Research Skills

    • Experience with geo-processing raw data for several types of planetary datasets
    • Experience with compiling and creating high quality thematic and topographic maps within required deadlines
    • Good analytical / problem solving skills
    • Highly skilled in GPS data collection, data entry and data editing
    • Expertise in producing customized maps based on clients requirement
    • Experienced in 3D GIS Visualization and integration with Google Earth products
    • Excellent knowledge to provide technical support
    • Excellent verbal / written communication skills for documentation, training, processes.

    Technical Skills

    GIS Software: Strong GIS skills in ArcGIS10.1, 10.2; MapInfo 10; QGIS 2.0.4
    Database: ESRI Geo-database, MS Access
    Additional Certification: Esri's Going Places with Spatial Analysis (MOOC)
    Programming/Scripting: Python, GDAL
    Other Software: PCI GEOMATICA, ENVI 4.3, MS OFFICE SUITE, GOOGLE EARTH, JMARS (JAVA MISSION-PLANNING AND ANALYSIS FOR REMOTE SENSING), AND OASIS MONTAJ
    Operating Systems: WINDOWS 7&8, LINUX

    Certifications & Training

    • Photogrammetric Processing of Planetary Stereo Imagery using SOCET SET®
    • Introductory Workshop on the Integrated Software for Imager and Spectrometers (ISIS)
    • Esri's Going Places with Spatial Analysis Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Introduction to ArcGIS and QGIS
    • ArcGIS Data Discovery
    • ArcGIS Creating Maps with Google Drive
    • Georeferencing Air Photos (QGIS)
    • Mobile Mapping

     

  • Research Experience

    Researcher

    Centre for Planetary Science & Exploration

    University of Western Ontario, London ON, Canada

    2008 - 2016

    Tested the effectiveness in utilizing remotely derived datasets in identifying impact generated modifications on the target surface, and structural signatures of impact craters. Conducted surface studies of impact craters on the Moon and Earth using several remote sensing datasets (lidar, radar, UV-VIS-NIR) and data fusion techniques. Investigated the emplacement mechanisms of impact generated deposits from a spatial and spectral perspective on several complex craters with variable central uplift morphologies.

     

    Worked as a GIS specialist for the research group. Created map products using GIS software, compiled and maintained various geographic and geological datasets pertinent to the study area, and provided technical support for data analyses to group members.

     

    Participated in the site selection process for several lunar analogue human-sortie and rover deployment scenarios. Managed the GIS visualization for the scientific team.

     

    Presented findings in 8 conference presentations, and co-authored several journal publications.

    Planetary Scientist

    Scientific Consultant; Sub-contractor

    Canadensys Aerospace Corporation, Bolton ON, Canada

    2015 - 2016

    Provided support for mission planning in the form of data compilation and data visualization. Compiled publicly accessible high resolution lunar mission data. Generated topographic products for analyses and 3D products for sites of interest. Conducted spatial analysis to determine sites that met key mission goals.

     

    Prepared 2 contract reports and several visualization products in 2D and 3D.

    Project Manager

    Centre of Planetary Science & Exploration

    University of Western Ontario, London ON, Canada

    2014 - 2015

    Worked on the Analogue Robotic Field Deployment: Lunar Prospecting Analogue Site Identification and Characterization contract with the Canadian Space Agency.

    Planned and coordinated several meetings; recorded meeting minutes; coordinated the site selection workshop where data geospatial data was displayed using ArcGIS, and provided science input during the site visit.

     

    Co-authored 5 contract reports, and 6 contract presentations.

    Researcher

    Department of Geological Sciences,

    University of Minnesota, Duluth MN, USA

    2006 - 2008

    Investigated the global distribution of a subset of circular coronae on Venus.  Compared the morphologies of circular lows with other geological features on Venus with emphasis on structural and spatial characteristics. 

     

    Presented findings in 4 conference proceedings.

  • Teaching EXPERIENCE

    Short Course Co-instructor

    Centre for Planetary Science & Exploration

    University of Western Ontario, London ON, Canada

    Summer 2014

    Co-instructed a planetary GIS and Remote Sensing short course, introducing basic GIS principles in a planetary context to graduate students and industry participants (15 participants in total). Lessons were instructed using ArcGIS, and Java Mission-planning and Analysis for Remote Sensing (JMars) softwares.

    Teaching Assistant

    Centre for Planetary Science & Exploration

    University of Western Ontario, London ON, Canada

    2008 - 2013

    Participated as an outreach teaching assistant, presenting space-themed inquiry labs and 10 single period space science presentations at local middle- and high-schools within the London School District Board. Developed mapping themed space labs in participation with local high school teachers to meet Ontario Science curriculum. Topics included: Mission Meteorite, Impact Cratering, Mars & Moon Mapping Activities, and Lunar Tides.

     

    Teaching Assistant for two Dept. of Earth Sciences undergraduate courses (Origin and Geology of the Solar System, Plate Tectonics).

    Teaching Assistant

    Department of Geological Sciences

    University of Minnesota, Duluth MN, USA

    2007 - 2008

    Head Teaching Assistant for the undergraduate course  on Introduction to Geology and Earth Systems. 

  • Outreach Participation

    Centre for Planetary Science & Exploration

     

    Outreach assistant teaching inquiry based labs in high schools. 2009-2013.

    Outreach Participant for Space Camp in 2013.

    Canadian Lunar Research Network


    Participated and Coordinated local events for International Observe the Moon Night in London, ON Canada. Between 2010 - 2015.

    ~ 150 - 200 participants annually.

    Planetary Nomenclature Committee

    Part of the current subcommittee in charge of compiling information to name features on planetary surfaces. This committee is part of the International Astronomical Union.

    Royal Ontario Museum

     

     

    Planetary Science Expert for PlanetROM for the Holidays event in Toronto, ON Canada. In Dec. 2015

    ~ 1000 participants

    Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

     

    Invited talk about the Lunar Farside to the Toronto Centre members. In Oct. 2010.

    Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation

     

    Gave an invited talk to high school students at the annual LEVY conference on pursuing Planetary Science as a career in Canada in 2016.

     

    Served as career panellist during the annual Youth Leadership conference. In Toronto, ON Canada. In 2012, 2014.

  • Education

    Ph.D. Geological Sciences (Planetary Science)

    2013

    University of Western Ontario, London ON Canada.

    Dissertation Title: A Multispectral Assessment of Complex Impact Craters on the Lunar Farside

    M.S. Geological Sciences

    2008

    University of Minnesota (Duluth), MN USA. 

    Thesis Title: A Global Survey of Circular Lows: A Subset of Coronae, Venus. (Minor in Geography). 

    B. Sc. Planetary Science

    2006

    University of Toronto, Toronto ON Canada.

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