Under the Sandbox

kicking off a series on the Devonian beneath the oil sands


Almost all of Canadian oil reserves are held as bitumen in Alberta (97% according to CAPP’s Statistical Handbook). Extraction of this heavy oil, especially the resource in the McMurray formation in the Athabasca region, has received more than its share of media attention as its development has been politicized. Continue reading “Under the Sandbox”

Hacker Roots

Some of my favourite undergrad memories are spending hours in the computer lab transforming geophysical processes into MATLAB code. There were only a dozen of us in my grad class, so we got to know each other pretty quickly as we helped one another through our weekly assignments. Though they weren’t group projects per se, I’m not sure they could have been completed without the constant exchange of help/code/debugging/advice. Those assignments required more time than Continue reading “Hacker Roots”