Earth and Environmental Sciences Faculty & Staff



Instructor & Department Chair

D. Turner

BSc (UVic), MSc (SFU), PhD (SFU), PGeo

Courses taught: Introduction to Earth Sciences, Dinosaur Planet, Field Methods, Environmental Geology, GIS, Mineral Exploration and Mining

Derek is a Quaternary geologist who explores the timing and causes of Pleistocene glaciations in the Canadian Cordillera, their connection to long-term climate change and their lasting impact on the people, ecology, and landscape of northwestern North America. Derek also has 10 years of consulting experience working on projects involving infrastructure and resource development, natural hazards and terrain, and surficial geology mapping for a variety of applications. As an educator, Derek is an enthusiastic advocate of student-led, experiential geoscience education and the use of open educational resources to make Earth and Environmental Science courses more accessible for his students.

Office: S3936 NW, A3124 DL

Telephone: 604 527 6568 NW, 604 777 6010 DL




Instructor and GRDP Coordinator

G. Reith


BSc (Queen’s) MSc (Queen’s) 

Courses taught: Physical and Historical Geology, Environmental Science, Global Environmental Change, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Field Methods

Geoff is a sedimentary geologist and has done research on how mud accumulates within ancient tidal systems. Along with this research, Geoff has also been a part of several sedimentary mapping projects in Argentina and in South Africa. 

Geoff is very enthusiastic about teaching Earth Science and prior to teaching at Ƶ, he taught geology at Sonoma State University in California and at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan. He has also worked as a guide to the world-class Burgess Shale fossil beds in Yoho National Park.  

Office: S3626 NW, A3124 DL 





Nathalie Vigouroux-Caillibot

BSc (McGill), MSc (Oregon), PhD (SFU)

Courses taught: Physical and Historical Geology, Environmental Science, Mineralogy, Petrology

Nathalie is a geologist who specializes in volcanology, geochemistry, and geothermal geology. She has spent over 15 years studying active volcanoes and geothermal fields in the Indian Ocean, the Americas, and Southeast Asia. Prior to teaching at Douglas, Nathalie was a post-doctoral researcher with a private renewable energy company in Vancouver. She was involved in developing innovative field instrumentation for geothermal exploration. She is interested in developing and implementing low-cost field technology for everything from mineral exploration to volcano monitoring.

She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at SFU and is pursuing her volcanology research close to home; studying one of the most recent eruptions in Canada and Canada's worst natural disaster, the eruption of Tseax volcano in the 18th century in northwest BC.

Office: S3936 NW; A3124 DL

Telephone: 604 527 5860




Instructor - GRDP Coordinator

Dave Waddington

PGeo, BSc (UBC), MBA (Queen's)

Courses taught: Physical and Historical Geology, Natural Hazards, Earth Resources, Ocean Environment, Field Methods

In addition to his teaching experience, Dave brings to Ƶa decade of experience in the coal mining and oil and gas industries as an exploration geologist, including exploration for Deep Basin natural gas. He has served as Chair of the Department and has also taught courses in the Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration, specializing in Business Statistics.

Office: S3619 NW; A3124 DL

Telephone: 604 527 5230 NW; 604 777 6010 DL



Faculty Emeritus

Michael Wilson

BA (Calgary), MA (Wyoming), PhD (Calgary), Cert. Intercult. St. (UBC)

Michael is an interdisciplinary earth scientist with interests in vertebrate paleontology, Quaternary stratigraphy, geomorphology, geoarchaeology, urban geology, forensic science, human use and impacts upon landscapes, and global change. He has conducted field work in North America, China, Japan, and Cameroon and has published several monographs and numerous articles in major scientific journals.

A past Chair of the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, he remains active as a consultant in geoarchaeology and paleontology and is Adjunct Professor of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University. He is past holder of Woodrow Wilson, Izaak Walton Killam, and Canada Research Fellowships and is a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada. In 2009 he received the Washington State Historic Preservation Officer’s Award for Special Achievement, for his studies of Ice-age fossil bison from the San Juan Islands.





Laboratory Facilitator

Corinne Griffing

BSc, MSc (U. of Nevada, Las Vegas), PhD (SFU)

Earth & Environmental Science Laboratories

Corinne is a lab facilitator for the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences. She is responsible for aiding in lab preparation and instruction. She brings to Ƶ a passion for sharing earth science with people of all ages and backgrounds, along with experience in laboratory instruction and public outreach. She has a special interest in changes that occur throughout geologic time, and has research experience in Quaternary stratigraphy, paleoclimatology, glacial geology, environmental geology, and soil science. 

Office: S3815A NW

Telephone: 604 777 6117




Laboratory Facilitator

Frank Ma

BSc (UBC), MSc (SFU)

Earth & Environmental Science Laboratories

As an interdisciplinary geoscientist, Frank works at the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences as a lab facilitator. He specialises in igneous geochemistry, petrology and the BC geology, and has years of experience in teaching introductory geosciences courses at UBC and SFU. Prior to joining Ƶ, Frank was involved in the BC teacher education program and investigated innovative teaching strategies such as constructivist and place-based learning to merge geosciences into environmental sciences. With a great passion in post-secondary geoscience education, Frank aims to promote student-centered experiential learning.

Office: S3805A

Telephone: 604 777 6117




Laboratory Facilitator

Orlando Vera Gamboa

BSc (Venezuela), MSc (SFU)

Orlando is a lab facilitator for the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences. He is responsible for aiding in lab preparation and instruction. He has special interest in subsurface Sedimentology and Stratigraphy. He brings to Ƶ9 years of experience in the oil and gas industry as an exploration and production geologist. Orlando also has experience in laboratory and lecture instruction that include courses such as Intro to Earth Sciences, History of The Earth, Dynamic Earth (SFU) and Economic Geological Resources (SFU).

Office: S3805A

Telephone: 604 527 5217