- Prince George
Brian is a professor of the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia and a Canada Research Chair in Glacier Change. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2003.
Research and Expertise
Brian's research is aimed at understanding past and present climate change in western Canada. He specializes in using annually-laminated lake sediments to reconstruct long-term patterns of hydro-climatic variability from mountain watersheds. His research interests include glaciers and glacier change, process geomorphology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, process, Quaternary and surficial geology, production and mobility of fine-grained sediments in mountain systems, and surface hydrologic processes. His current research program centres around earth surface systems in three thematic areas: Holocene glacier fluctuations; environmental controls of proglacial lake sedimentation; and recent and future changes to the cryosphere.
Winter 2020 Teaching
- On sabbatical
Spring 2020 Teaching
- GEOG 333 / NRES 763: Geography Field School to Death Valley (co-taught with Dr. Joe Shea and Dr. Neil Hanlon)
- Climate Change
- Earth Science
- Natural Hazards
- Natural Resources
glacier mass balance, climate change, cryosphere, geomorphology, Quaternary geology, natural hazards, earth system science
I'm a research professor and Canada Research Chair in Glacier change. I supervise graduate students and postdocs in any aspect of the cryosphere (snow, glaciers and ice sheets) and climate change (past present future). I also do work in earth surface processes and landforms (geomorphology).