I grew up in Aotearoa/New Zealand, an archipelago in 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 there 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. 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, ecological and human sustainability, social justice, public resourcing of resilience, 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, and fascism. Things I prize most highly include fairness, honesty, natural scenery, and peace and quiet.