I earned my Honours B.Sc. in Physics from the University of New Brunswick, and my Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. My Ph.D. thesis work involved trapping single ions in a Penning ion trap and using them to make precision measurements of the fine-structure constant alpha, which is the fundamental constant describing the coupling strength between light and matter. After a period spent working as a research scientist in the semiconductor industry I joined the University of Saskatchewan in 2003 where I currently run a research lab focused on plasma and ion source physics . From 2009-2011 I was a Chercheur Associé/Research Fellow at the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) in Sèvres, France, where I worked on fundamental mass measurements relevant to the recently-announced redefinition of the SI kg mass standard. From 2017-2019 I served as the Chair of the Division of Plasma Physics of the Canadian Association of Physicists.