I am a member of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), an international order of Catholic brothers and priests founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius of Loyola. I am currently studying theology in preparation for ordination to the priesthood.
I am also an astrophysicist specialising in physical cosmology—the study of the universe on its largest scales in time and space. My focus has been on developing the hardware and software for instruments that make cosmological observations, but I have also done some work analysing data to test physical theories. To date I have been most active on two research projects. The Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) is an observatory in the northern Andes of Chile for measuring the cosmic microwave background to study the early universe and to discover ancient clusters of galaxies. The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) is a new radio telescope being developed in the Okanagon Valley of British Columbia for measuring the expansion history of the universe. I also enjoy developing software, including AEPHEM, an ephemeris and astrometric reduction library in C, with python bindings.
Another of my interests is contributing to an intellectually robust conversation between physical science, philosophy and theology that does not comingle what are authentically distinct disciplines but does inquire how they can be mutually informative. On this front, I have recently been involved in a project to examine the doctrine of creation ex nihilo in light of modern results both in the physical sciences and the various branches of theology.
Brief Curriculum Vitae
- 2015–present — Baccellierato in Teologia, Pontifica Università Gregoriana
- 2013–2015 — Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia
- 2011–2013 — Diploma in Philosophical Studies, Regis College, University of Toronto. De Universa essay: ‘A Critique of the Metaphysics of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’.
- 2011–2013 — Part-time research at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
- 2009 — Entered the English Canada Province of the Society of Jesus.
- 2004–2009 — Ph.D. in Physics, Princeton University. Advisor: Lyman Page. Dissertation: Toward a Mass-Limited Catalog of Galaxy Clusters with the Atacama Cosmology Telescope
- 2000–2004 — Hon. B.Sc. in Physics and Astrophysics, University of Toronto.
Though I maintain this website with the blessing of my Jesuit superiors and endeavour, as St. Ignatius taught, to ‘think with the Church’, nothing on it necessarily represents the positions or opinions of either the Society of Jesus, the Catholic Church or any of the academic collaborations with which I am affiliated.