[Toronto skyline from vantage of Ward's Island, Toronto harbour]

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A bit about me

I grew up in Aotearoa/New Zealand, an archipelago in Te Moana-Nui-A-Kiwa/the South Pacific Ocean. I did my primary and secondary schooling and my undergraduate degree there, before moving to the United States in 1990. I spent a decade in the U.S. doing a doctorate and working in two postdoctoral research positions, before moving to Canada in 2000 for an academic job. Since then, I have been working as a professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto, located in the Great Lakes region of Turtle Island/North America. I find my job interesting, challenging, rewarding, and fun. Desire to help students learn physics and discover new things about the universe is a major part of what gets me out of bed every morning.

On a personal level, I do what I can to help foster a more pluralistic future in my adopted home city. My current interests outside university walls include (in no particular order): education, science, medicine, social justice, public resourcing of resilience, ecological sustainability, and active transportation. My hobbies include local mutual aid volunteering, four-season bicycling, hiking, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, digital photography, reading, listening to music, and playing music synthesizers. Things I detest include deceit, hypocrisy, self-aggrandizement, bigotry, capitalism, and fascism. Things I prize most highly include fairness, honesty, natural scenery, peace and quiet, and lovely friendships.

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