Dan Shugar

Assistant Professor
Earth Sciences
Simon Fraser University
Physical Geography
University of Guelph
Physical Geography
Carleton University

I'm a geomorphologist, primarily excited about hazardous alpine, glacial and river environments, and particularly interested in how these environments respond to changing environmental and climatic conditions. I'm interested in a range of spatio-temporal scales from 'process' (e.g. sand grains moving around) to landscape, and from seconds to millennia.

Current Research

I am currently working on a number of projects, ranging from purely desk-based GIS analyses to field projects spanning several years, and in a variety of locations. Most of my projects combine fieldwork, desk-based GIS and satellite analysis, and modelling. Here's a list of some of the projects I'm working on: 
1. Mapping of geohazards (landslides, dangerous lakes etc) following the April 2015 Nepal earthquake (satellite/GIS) with a NASA-led group 
2. Reconstruction of the late Quaternary history (glacial, sea level) of the central Pacific coast of British Columbia (field, satellite/GIS, lidar, lab etc); 
3. Quantification of sediment density currents in a subarctic lake in Yukon (field, satellite/GIS, lab and numerical modelling); 
4. Evaluation of river geomorphic response to glacier melt in Yukon (satellite/GIS and numerical modelling); 
5. Mapping of landslides in coastal BC (satellite/GIS, lidar, fieldwork). 


I will be teaching courses across the geography/geology disciplines, including Physical Geology (TESC 117), Geography of the Physical Environment (TESC 243), and Geomorphology (TESC 335, new course).


I am a member of the American Geophysical Union, American Quaternary Association, Canadian Geomorphology Research Group (CGRG), Geological Society of America, and the Explorers Club.

Academic Service

I currently serve on the executive of the CGRG, and have reviewed papers for over a dozen scientific journals. Further, I have organized and chaired sessions at a variety of academic conferences.

CV or Resume
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Publication Date Bibliographic Citation

Neudorf, C., Lian, O.B., Walker, I.J., Shugar, D.H., Eamer, J.B.*, and Griffin, L.C. In Press. Toward a luminescence chronology for coastal dune and beach deposits on Calvert Island, British Columbia central coast, Canada. Quaternary GeochronologyLINK


Shugar, D.H. 2014. Bathymetric and geophysical surveys of the southern end of Kluane Lake. In: MacFarlane, K.E., Nordling, M.G., and Sack, P.J. (Eds) Yukon Exploration and Geology 2013. Yukon Geological Survey, Whitehorse, pp. 221-231. LINK


Shugar, D.H., Walker, I.J., Lian, O.B., Eamer, J.B.R.*, Neudorf, C., McLaren, D., and Fedje, D. 2014. Post-glacial sea-level change along the Pacific coast of North America. Quaternary Science Reviews, 97: 170-192. LINK


Deline, P., Hewitt, K., Reznichenko, N., and Shugar, D.H. 2014. Rock avalanches onto glaciers. In: Davies, T. R. (Ed) Landslide Hazards and Disasters. Elsevier, pp. 263-319. LINK


Walker, I.J., and Shugar, D.H., 2013. Secondary flow deflection in the lee of transverse dunes with implications for dune morphodynamics and migration. Earth Surface Processes & Landforms, 38:1642-1654. LINK


Shugar, D.H., Clague, J.J., and Giardino, M., 2013. A quantitative assessment of the sedimentology and geomorphology of rock avalanche deposits. In: Catani, F., Margottini, C., Trigila, A., and Iadanza, C. (Eds) Landslide Science and Practice, Vol 4: Global Environmental Change. Springer-Verlag, pp. 321-326. LINK


Shugar, D.H., Rabus, B.T., Clague, J.J., and Capps, D.M. 2012. The response of Black Rapids Glacier, Alaska, to the Denali earthquake rock avalanches. J. Geophysical Research – Earth Surface. 117, F01006. LINK **Selected for Editors’ Research Spotlight in EOS, Transactions, AGU**


Shugar, D.H., and Clague, J.J. 2011. The geomorphology and sedimentology of rock avalanches on glaciers. Sedimentology, 58:1762-1783. LINK


 Shugar, D.H., Rabus, B.T., and Clague, J.J. 2010. Elevation changes (1949-1995) of Black Rapids Glacier, Alaska, derived from a multi-baseline InSAR DEM and historical maps. J. Glaciology, 56:625-634. LINK


Shugar, D.H., Kostaschuk, R., Best, J.L., Lane, S.N., Parsons, D.R., Orfeo, O., and Hardy, R.J., 2010. On the relationship between flow and suspended sediment transport over the crest of a sand dune, Rio Paraná, Argentina. Sedimentology, 57:252-272. LINK


 Capps, D.L., Rabus, B.T., Clague, J.J. and Shugar, D.H. 2010. Identification and characterization of alpine subglacial lakes using interferometric synthetic aperture Radar (InSAR), Brady Glacier, Alaska, USA. J. Glaciology, 56:861-870. LINK


Kostaschuk, R., Shugar, D.H., Best, J.L., Parsons, D.R., Lane, S.N. Hardy, R.J., and Orfeo, O. 2009. Suspended sediment transport and deposition over a dune: Rio Parana, Argentina. Earth Surface Processes & Landforms, 34:1605-1611. LINK


Shugar, D.H., Kostaschuk, R., Ashmore, P., Desloges, J., and Burge, L., 2007. In-situ jet testing of the erosional resistance of cohesive streambeds. Canadian J. Civil Eng., 34:1192-1195. LINK


Shugar, D., Kostaschuk, R., Best, J., Parsons, D., Lane, S., Hardy, R., and Orfeo, O., 2007 (invited). Sediment dynamics over a dune in the Rio Paraná. In: Paola, C., Parker, G., and García, M.H. (Eds) Workshop on Morphodynamic Processes in Large Lowland Rivers. Santa Fe, Argentina, 3pp.


Parsons, D.R., Best, J.L., Lane, S.N., Hardy, R.J., Kostaschuk, R.A., Shugar, D.H., and Orfeo, O., 2006. Morphology, flow and sediment transport over a natural 3D dune field: Rio Paraná, Argentina. In: Ferreria, R.M., Alves, E.C., Leal, J.G. and Cardos, A.H. (Eds) RiverFlow 2006: Intl. Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics. Lisbon. Taylor & Francis Group, London, pp. 997-1004.