Started out his scientific career a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Specifically, he hails from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and obtained his B.Sc. degree at McMaster University. Hearing the call of the west, he then attended the University of Victoria, British Columbia, for his M.Sc. in particle physics. Needing a change, he then went to Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, for his Ph.D. in experimental nuclear astrophysics. The west continued calling, it seems, because from Vancouver he flew westward to Japan, and did his postdoctoral work at the RIKEN (http://www.riken.jp/en/) national laboratory, continuing in experimental nuclear astrophysics. Completing the whirlwind tour of the globe, he landed in Munich, Germany in fall 2008, where he has been since, continuing in experimental nuclear astrophysics, inspiring incoming physics students, and using a laboratory just 200 m from his own office, and plumbing the depths of the Pacific Ocean to discovery the traces of supernova on our planet.