Physical Sciences Coordinator and Tutor (Physical Sciences)
BSc (Eng), Queen's University
MNRES, University of Northern BC
PhD, University of Northern BC
As an undergraduate, Ian studied engineering, and later spent years performing remediation work. He grew concerned about the underlying causes of the messes he was cleaning up, which led him to work as an environmental policy analyst, promoting sustainable energy development and climate change action with communities, governments and industry.
Ian’s interests led him to pursue postgraduate studies. His early research was on climate change adaptation in the city of Prince George. He worked with a variety of partners to develop a climate change adaptation strategy and implement actions in policy and practice.
One of his primary interests is exploring how to effectively communicate complex information so it can be applied in real-life. His current research focuses on how the impacts of climate change interrelate with the impacts of resource development in northern watersheds.
Prior to Quest, Ian taught at UNBC, including courses in outdoor recreation, natural resources, and environmental planning, and once worked as a park ranger.
In his spare time he is involved in cycling advocacy and energy development issues in northern BC. He enjoys spending time with his family, engaged in outdoor pursuits of all sorts. He believes he is probably the worst climber in Squamish.