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me_kettle1My academic background is in the Earth Sciences, mainly in the fields of physical geography, Quaternary geology, paleolimnology and paleoceanography. I hold a B.Sc. (Hons) in Geography with a minor in Biological Sciences (University of Calgary), a Master degree in Biology (Queen’s University, Kingston), and a doctorate in Geography (Université Laval, Québec).

I have worked for the Geological Survey of Canada as a support geologist, McGill University as a sessional lecturer, and most recently I was professor in the Département des Sciences Humaines at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC). I recently chose to leave research in order to concentrate on editing and specifically the editing of scientific manuscripts.

As lead or co-author of a dozen peer-reviewed papers in international journals, I am aware of the level and precision of writing required for submission to international level science publications. Having directed and co-directed a number of graduate students, I have experience with ensuring that scientific results are presented in a clear and concise fashion. I have also been a peer-reviewer for numerous scientific journals including: Journal of Paleolimnology; The Holocene; Géographie physique et Quaternaire; Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research; Limnology and Oceanography: Methods; Lake and Reservoir Management; Diatom Research; Marine Micropaleontology; Continental Shelf Science; IOP Conference Series.

In order to ensure you receive the highest quality editing work, I am currently enrolled in the Editing Certificate program at Simon Fraser University. I am a member of the Editors’ Association of Canada and I aim in the near-future to obtain formal certification from the Editors’ Association of Canada.


Below is a list of my publications and academic background:

– Ph.D. (Geography), Université Laval, Québec 2005
Thesis: Reconstitution des conditions océanographiques et climatiques de l’Holocène supérieur à Effingham Inlet, île de Vancouver, Colombie Britannique.

– Master of Science (Biology), Queen’s University, Ontario 1996
Thesis: Diatom-based model for reconstruction of paleohydrology in the Mackenzie Delta, Northwest Territories, Canada

– Bachelor of Science, First Class Honours (Geography, minor Biological Sciences), University of Calgary, Alberta 1994

Selected Publications

Nutz, A., Schuster, M., Ghienne, J.F., Roquin, C., Hay, M.B., Rétif, F., Certain, R., Robin, N., Raynal, O., Cousineau, P.A., SIROCCO Team, & Bouchette, F. (2015). Wind-driven bottom currents and related sedimentary bodies in Lake Saint-Jean (Québec, Canada). Geological Society of America Bulletin,  127(9/10):1194–1208. doi: 10.1130/B31145.1doi:10.1130/B31145.1

Nutz, A., Ghienne, J.F., Schuster, M., Dietrich, P., Roquin, C., Hay, M.B., Bouchette, F., & Cousineau, P.A. (2015). Forced regressive deposits of a deglaciation sequence: example from the Late Quaternary succession in the Lake Saint‐Jean basin (Québec, Canada). Sedimentology, 62: 1573–1610. doi: 10.1111/sed.12196

McLaren, D., Fedje, D., Hay, M.B., Mackie, Q., Walker, I.J., Shugard, D.H., Eamer, J.B.R., Lian, O.B., and Neudorf, C. 2014. A post-glacial sea level hinge on the central Pacific coast of Canada. Quaternary Science Reviews 97:148-169. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.05.023

Chesnaux, R., Lambert, M., Walter, J., Fillastre, U., Rouleau, A., Daigneault, R., Hay, M., Moisan, A., and Germaneau, D. 2011. Building a geodatabase for mapping hydrogeological features and 3D modeling of groundwater systems: Application to the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean Region, Canada. Computers & Geosciences 37(11):1870-1882. DOI: 10.1016/j.cageo.2011.04.013

Hay, M.B., Calvert, S.E., Pienitz, R., Dallimore, A., Thomson, R.E., and Baumgartner, T.R. 2009. Geochemical and diatom signatures of bottom water renewal events in Effingham Inlet, British Columbia (Canada). Marine Geology, 262: 50-61.

Hay, M.B., Dallimore, A., Calvert, S.E., Thomson, R.E., and Pienitz, R. 2007. Siliceous microfossil record of late Holocene oceanography and climate along the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia (Canada). Quaternary Research, 67: 33-49.

Hay, M.B., Pienitz, R., and Thomson, R. 2003. Distribution of diatom surface sediment assemblages within Effingham Inlet, a temperate fjord on the west coast of Vancouver Island (Canada). Marine Micropaleontology, 48: 291-320.

Michelutti, N., Hay, M.B., Smol, J.P., Marsh, P., and Lesack, L.F.W. 2001. Diatom changes in Mackenzie Delta (N.W.T., Arctic Canada) lake sediments: paleohydrological applications. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 33(1): 1-12.

Hay, M.B., Michelutti, N., and Smol, J.P. 2000. Ecological patterns of diatom assemblages from Mackenzie Delta lakes, Northwest Territories, Canada. Canadian Journal of Botany, 78(1): 19-33

Moser, K.A., Korhola, A., Weckström, J., Blom, T., Pienitz, R., Smol, J.P., Douglas, M.S.V., and Hay, M.B. 2000. Paleohydrology inferred from diatoms in northern latitude regions. Journal of Paleolimnology, 24: 93-107.

Hay, M.B., Smol, J.P., Pipke, K.J., and Lesack, L.F.W. 1997. A diatom-based paleohydrological model for the Mackenzie Delta, Northwest Territories, Canada. Arctic and Alpine Research, 29: 430-444.

Hay, M.B., Dallimore, A., Cooke, K.A. and Enkin, R.J. 2011. A 1200-year marine record of environmental conditions in Frederick Sound, British Columbia. GeoHydro 2011 – Joint meeting of the IAH and CANQUA, Québec, Québec August 29-31, 2011.

Dallimore, A., Enkin, R.J., Cooke, K.A. and Hay, M.B. 2010. Stratigraphy and Late Holocene History of the Seymour-Belize inlet complex, B.C.; Results from core PGC2007-007STN007, and Draney Inlet B.C., results from core PGC2009-003STN005. Geological Survey of Canada Open File Report