Kirk maintains a broad scope of research interests all centered around the acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of radar datasets. In his current position, Kirk works on developing the data processing techniques and procedures required to investigate Jupiter’s moon Europa with the REASON instrument to be carried on-board NASA’s Europa Clipper spacecraft. He is also involved in the development of new multi-component radar systems to study the variability in sub-glacial drainage systems under Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets. In addition to his planetary radar and radioglaciology focused research, Kirk maintains a strong interest in the development and use of non-destructive geophysical testing methods in practical geotechnical and civil engineering-related problems.
Planetary radar sounding, radioglaciology, engineering geophysics.
Ph.D. Geotechnical Engineering, University of Alberta
M.Sc. Applied Earth Science, Applied Geophysics, IDEA League (TU Delft, ETH Zurich, RWTH Aachen)
B.Sc. Geophysics, University of Western Ontario