Earth and Environmental Sciences Faculty & Staff



Instructor & Department Chair

Derek Turner

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

Courses taught: Physical and Historical Geology, Environmental Geology, Global Environmental Change, Stratigraphy and Sedimentology, Ocean Environments, Dinosaur Planet

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




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



Dave Waddington

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 Douglas a 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




Selina Tribe

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

Courses taught: Physical and Historical Geology, Global Environmental Change, Geologic Mapping, Exploration and Mining

Selina is a Professional Geoscientist with 25 years experience mapping rocks and landforms on Earth, and as far afield as Mars. She has consulted on numerous mineral exploration and resource development projects throughout the Americas. Selina is active in mineral exploration in British Columbia and serves on the board of Sego Resources Inc. She is the Chair of Women in Engineering and Geoscience, a division of Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia. She has authored online technical courses, scholarly papers, maps, and articles on various aspects of earth science. She mentors junior geologists and students interested in science.

Office: S3620 (NW); A3123 (COQ)

Telephone: 604 777 6674



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

Denis Beausoleil

BSc (Queen's), MEd (UVic)

Earth & Environmental Science Laboratories

Denis is a lab facilitator for the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences. He is responsible for aiding in lab preparation and instruction. He brings to Douglas considerable experience in lab instruction as well as field mining camp experience and strong interests in coaching and motivational techniques.

Office: A2101 DL




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 Douglas College 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

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 Douglas 9 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