Ian Church

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Assistant Professor
B.Sc.Eng; M.Sc.Eng; Ph.D. (UNB)
Phone: 1-506-447-8116
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Ocean Mapping Group

Dr. Ian Church specializes in ocean mapping using acoustics. His current primary research interests are in integrating hydrodynamic numerical modelling with ocean mapping, marine habitat mapping, acoustic water column interpretation, and evaluating autonomous mapping platforms. The principal goals of his research are to better understand the marine environment using acoustics and to minimize uncertainty in ocean mapping products.

Dr. Church received his B.Sc.Eng, M.Sc.Eng and Ph.D. from UNB while working with the Ocean Mapping Group. Between 2005 and 2013 he was involved with operating and managing the multibeam sonar system onboard the coast guard ship Amundsen, travelling throughout the Canadian Arctic. After spending eight summers in the Arctic and finishing his PhD, he moved to the University of Southern Mississippi, along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico. There he was part of the Hydrographic Science Research Center in the Department of Marine Science. In 2016, he moved back to UNB to take an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering and a leadership role of the Ocean Mapping Group.

http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1889-356X

https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=fYWwZdgAAAAJ&hl=en

Publications and Papers in Conference Proceedings

Appointments

June 2016 – Present

Assistant Professor of Engineering, Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB

  • Research, teaching, curriculum development and graduate student advising within the Ocean Mapping Group on all aspects of seabed mapping including tides, sound speed error analysis, multibeam watercolumn data collection and processing and acoustic backscatter analysis.

January 2014 – May 2016

Assistant Professor of Marine Science , Department of Marine Science, University of Southern Mississippi, Stennis Space Centre

December 2015 – May 2016

Honorary Research Associate, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB

Education

Degrees

2011 – 2014                PhD in Geodesy & Geomatics Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Canada

2006 – 2008               Master of Science in Geodesy & Geomatics Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Canada

2001 – 2006                Bachelor of Science in Geodesy & Geomatics Engineering (First Division), University of New Brunswick, Canada

Invited Seminars

Church, I. 2016. Examining Ocean mapping Depth Errors in a Complex Estuary: A Case in the Port of Saint John. GGE Lecture Series, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Church, I. 2015. Monitoring benthic habitats within Mississippi Sound using high precision multibeam sonar. The University of Southern Mississippi – Department of Coastal Sciences spring 2015 Seminar Series, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA.

Panel Discussions

Church, I., R.  Hendon, E. Powell, C. Rakocinski, S. Milroy, 2015, Science on the Half Shell: Mississippi Sound Oysters from Mississippi Sound Science. Public panel discussion on Oyster Restoration, September 22 and October 19.

Teaching History

2017

  • GGE5012 Marine Geology and Geophysics (4hrs, 7 students)
  • GGE6022 Advanced Topics in Ocean Mapping  (3hrs, 2 students)

2016

  • GGE5011 Oceanography, Tides, and Water Levels (4hrs, 7 students)
  • GGE3353 Ocean Mapping (5hrs, 42 students)
  • HYD601 Hydrographic Data Management (3hrs, 13 students)

2015

  • HYD601 Hydrographic Data Management (3hrs, 13 students)
  • HYD607 Oceanography and Marine Geology for Hydro Surveyors (3hrs, 10 students)
  • HYD620 Math for Hydrographers (3hrs, 17 students)
  • Introduction to MATLAB for Hydrographic Science Workshop (15 students)

2014

  • HYD601 Hydrographic Data Management (3hrs, 13 students)
  • HYD607 Oceanography and Marine Geology for Hydro Surveyors (3hrs, 16 students)
  • HYD620 Math for Hydrographers (3hrs, 12 students)
  • Introduction to MATLAB for Hydrographic Science Workshop (14 students)

2013

  • GGE3353 Imaging and Mapping II, Instructor (5hrs, 22 students)
  • GGE1001 Introduction to Geodesy and Geomatics, Three Lectures on Ocean Mapping

2012

  • GGE5023 Tides and Water Levels, Instructor (2hrs, 9 students)
  • GGE3353 Imaging and Mapping II, Guest Lecturer on Tides and Datums
  • Geodesy and Geomatics Eng. Recruitment Presentations

2011

  • GGE3353 Imaging and Mapping II, Guest Lecturer on Tides and Datums
  • GGE1001 Introduction to Geodesy and Geomatics, Ocean Mapping Lab Instructor

2010

  • GGE5023 Tides and Water Levels, Instructor (2hrs, 8 students)
  • GGE3353 Imaging and Mapping II, Guest Lecturer on Tides and Datums
  • Lecture to Grade 8 Students on Ocean Mapping, Nashwaaksis Middle School

2009

  • GGE5023 Tides and Water Levels, Instructor (2hrs, 5 students)
  • GGE3353 Imaging and Mapping II, Guest Lecturer on Heave and GPS integration

2008

  • GGE5013 Oceanography for Hydrographic Surveyors, Teaching Assistant
  • Lecture to Grade 8 Students on Ocean Mapping, Nashwaaksis Middle School

Marine Research Experience

2017

  • CSL Heron, February 2017, EM710, BOT MVP-30. Victoria, BC, System testing, mobilization and calibration.

2016

  • R/V Point Sur, October and November 2015, Reson 7125, Coastal Gulf of Mexico, Watercolumn data visualization and backscatter processing.
  • R/V LeMoyne, 2015, Reson 7125, EM2040c, Edgetech 4600, Knudsen 3.5 KHz sub-bottom profiler, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi. Vessel Mobilization, system testing and multiple coastal surveys.

2015

  • R/V Point Sur, October and November 2015, Reson 7125, Coastal Gulf of Mexico, Watercolumn data visualization and backscatter processing.
  • CSL Heron, June 2015, EM710, BOT MVP-30. Squamish, BC., Seabed mapping in Howe Sound, BC.
  • R/V LeMoyne, 2015, Reson 7125, EM2040c, Edgetech 4600, Knudsen 3.5 KHz sub-bottom profiler, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi. Vessel Mobilization, system testing and multiple coastal surveys.

2014

  • R/V Pelican, June 2014, EM3002, Cocodrie, Louisiana, Vessel mobilization
  • CCGS Amundsen, June 2014, EM302, Knudsen 320R 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, MVP300. Quebec City, Quebec. Vessel Mobilization.
  • R/V LeMoyne, 2014, Reson 7125, Edgetech 4600, Knudsen 3.5 KHz sub-bottom profiler, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi. Vessel Mobilization and multiple coastal surveys.

2013

  • CCGS Amundsen, July, August and September 2013, EM302, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, BOT MVP-300. Quebec City, Quebec to Resolute, Nunavut. Seabed mapping throughout the Labrador Sea, Baffin Bay and the Northwest Passage.

2012

  • USNS Mary Sears (T-AGS-65), May 2012, EM2040, EM710, EM122, ADCP, BOT MVP-300. Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. Processed ADCP and MVP data
  • CCGS Vector, April 2012, EM710, BOT MVP-200. Strait of Georgia, Vancouver Island, BC. Seabed Mapping over disposal at sea site for Environment Canada.
  • MV Nuliajuk, June and November 2012, EM3002, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler. Glovertown, NL. Vessel mobilization and demobilization.
  • CSL Heron, June 2012, EM710, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, BOT MVP-30. Sidney, BC. Vessel mobilization.

2011

  • CCGS Amundsen, August and September 2011, EM302, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, BOT MVP-300. Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories to Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories. Lead for seabed mapping of deep water portions of Pokak and Ajurak lease block within the Beaufort Sea for BP and IOL.
  • CSL Heron, May & June 2011, EM710, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, BOT MVP-30. Squamish, BC. Seabed mapping in Howe Sound, BC.

2010

  • CCGS Amundsen, August and September 2010, EM302, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, BOT MVP-300. Kugluktuk, Nunavut to Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories. Lead for seabed mapping of Pokak lease block within the Beaufort Sea for BP.
  • RV White Holly, January-February 2010, Reson 7125, UCTD Underway Profiling System. Jacksonville, Florida to Jacksonville, Florida. Seabed mapping for submarine cable installations within a proposed Navy undersea warfare training range (USWTR).

2009

  • CCGS Amundsen, July, August, September and October 2009, EM302, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, BOT MVP-300. Victoria, British Columbia to Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories and Paulatuk, Northwest Territories to Paulatuk, Northwest Territories. Seabed mapping through the Pacific Ocean and Beaufort Sea within the Ajurak lease block for Imperial Oil Limited.
  • RV White Holly, May-June 2009, Reson 7150, Echotrac MKIII, UCTD Underway Profiling System. Honolulu, Hawaii to Honolulu, Hawaii. Seabed mapping, off Kauai, for Navy undersea cable route design.

2008

  • CCGS Amundsen, August & September 2008, EM300, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler. Kugluktuk, Nunavut to Resolute, Nunavut. Seabed mapping throughout the Northwest Passage.
  • RV White Holly, June-July 2008, Reson 8160, Echotrac MKIII. San Diego, California to San Diego, California. Seabed mapping, off San Clemente Island, for Navy undersea cable route design.

2007

  • RV Hesperides, October 2007, EM120, Topaz parametric sub-bottom echosounder. Cartagena, Spain to Cartagena, Spain. Seabed mapping, within the Mediterranean Sea, of the continental margin and submarine canyons in Spanish waters.
  • CCGS Amundsen, July & August 2007, EM300, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler. Quebec City, Quebec to Churchill, Manitoba. Seabed mapping throughout the Labrador Sea, Hudson Strait and Hudson Bay.
  • RV Hercules, April 2007, EM3002D, EM1002, HIPAP. Valletta, Mobilizing the RV Hercules and Seabed Mapping around Malta.

2006

  • CCGS Amundsen, August & September 2006, EM300, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, Quebec City, Quebec to Kugluktuk, Nunavut.  Seabed mapping throughout the Labrador Sea, Baffin Bay and the Northwest Passage.
  • CSL Heron, July & August 2006, EM3002, Knudsen 200 kHz sidescans, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, BOT MVP-30. Seabed mapping in Passamaquoddy Bay and Bay of Fundy.

2005

  • CCGS Amundsen, August & September 2005, EM300, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, BOT MVP-300, Quebec City, Quebec to Kugluktuk, Nunavut.  Seabed mapping throughout the Labrador Sea, Baffin Bay, the Northwest Passage and the Beaufort Sea.
  • CSL Heron, May & June 2005, EM3000, Knudsen 200 kHz sidescan, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, BOT MVP-30. Seabed mapping in Passamaquoddy Bay and Bay of Fundy for the hydrographic training field camp.