The project.

The Peaceful PhD prioritizes well-being and personal reflection as essential components in any program of study. Each essay is part professional development, part memoir, and part prose with the intention of encouraging self-awareness and mindful student life.


I am currently a PhD student in the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary with research interests in carbon cycling in arctic rivers, lakes, and estuaries. I have a BSc (hons) in Earth Sciences, an MSc in Geology, and almost a decade of experience working as an industry geoscientist. I am an avid reader and writer and have participated in the 2015 Iceland Writers Retreat and completed a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Calgary, Continuing Education.

– Sam