Faculty Spotlight – Dan Shugar


Dan Shugar is a new assistant professor to UW Tacoma Sciences and Mathematics (SAM).

Dan Shugar is a geoscientist, who studies Earth surface landforms and the processes that shape them (“geomorphology”). Most recently he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow (2011-2015) at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. His research combines fieldwork, geomatics (GIS and remote sensing), laboratory analysis, and numerical modelling, and has included studies of landslides and glaciers in Alaska; permafrost, landslides and lake evolution in Yukon; sea-level change, landslides and glacier change in British Columbia; river erosion in Ontario; river turbulence in Argentina and landslides in Nepal. The incredible geography of the Pacific Northwest, and the teaching and research opportunities that will bring is the main reason Dan is excited about joining SIAS and UWT.

Dan is the proud father of 3-year-old Ansel and 3-month-old Juniper, and has been happily married to his wife Jen for 10 years. Dan is an avid backcountry skier, rock climber, backpacker, and photographer. He and Jen are excited to have their girls grow up in the Pacific Northwest, with the Cascades and Olympic Mountains in their backyard.

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