Curriculum Vitae


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August 2014

Master of Science, Geography, University of British Columbia – Vancouver, BC

  • Thesis: The relative importance of calving and surface ablation at a lacustrine terminating glacier: a detailed assessment of ice loss at Bridge Glacier, British Columbia
  • Supervisor: Dr. Michele Koppes, Committee Member: Dr. R. D. Moore
April 2010

Bachelor of Science, Geographical Biogeosciences, University of British Columbia – Vancouver, BC

  • Concentration in Climatology and Geomorphology


2015 – present

Hydrologist and Data Analyst MacDonald Hydrology Consultants Ltd. – Calgary, AB

  • Private consultant working on a variety of projects including hydrologic modelling, flood frequency analysis, flood mitigation, water quality, and environmental change.
  • Employed novel statistical and physically-based methods to model hydrologic processes.
  • Wrote reports for Environmental Assessments, stakeholder consultation, and public outreach.

Graduate Research Assistant  University of British Columbia – Vancouver, BC

  • Designed and executed field work, supervised Field Assistants, in a remote mountainous and glaciated environment
  • Analyzed historical and field data using a combination of statistical and numerical modelling, and geospatial methods to assess the importance of calving and surface melt at a lake- terminating glacier
  • Presented results at conferences and prepared findings for publication

Teaching Assistant  University of British Columbia – Vancouver, BC

January – August 2012

Research Assistant (Tech. 2) – University of British Columbia – Vancouver, BC

  • Collaborated with Dr. Michael Church on study design and carried out field work by boat and land to assess sediment storage and movement on the Fraser River
  • Collected historical and current data on the Fraser and Peace Rivers to inform dyke manage- ment and dam construction
  • Research led to several academic publications on the influence of bedrock and dam con- struction on hydraulic geometry, as well as a report on sediment transport and yield to inform gravel mining policy
June – December 2011

 Project Leader – Katimavik – Calgary, AB

  • Managed teams of 11 youth volunteers and associated budgets in a live-in role
  • Coordinated community volunteer work and facilitated individual and group learning emphasizing leadership, interpersonal, and professional skills
Summer 2007 – 2010, Spring 2011

Counselor/Trip Leader – YMCA Camp Chief Hector –  Exshaw, AB

  • Organized and facilitated wilderness backpacking and canoeing trips from 8 to 22 days, for youth aged 14-17, that focused on building leadership and interpersonal skills as well as technical backcountry, navigational and canoeing techniques.


Project Experience:

Hydrological Modelling • Data Analysis and Visualization • Environmental Change and Trend Analysis • Geomorphologic Watershed Assessments • Water Balance Studies • Erosion Modelling

Field Experience:

Glacier mass balance surveying • Photogrammetry • Automatic weather station programming, installation, and maintenance • Hydrometric monitoring (level, temperature, discharge) and stream channel surveys • Sediment sampling • DGPS surveying • Bathymetric surveying • Coordinating and executing work in remote and mountainous environments

Data Analysis & Computer Skills:

Statistical, numerical, and geospatial modelling, and image processing using R, QGIS, Raven, Ostrich • Typesetting, figure creation, and automated tasks using LaTeX, basic shell scripting, and Microsoft Office Suite

Communication, Leadership & Teamwork:

Liaison with stakeholders and collaborators in academic and non-profit settings • Leadership in both supervisory and support positions • Collaborative technical report and manuscript writing

Language, Certifications, Accreditation: 

Fluent in English and French (written and oral), conversational Spanish • Essential Wilderness and Remote First Aid and CPR • Alberta Class 4 Driver’s License • Crevasse Rescue • Geoscientist in Training – APEG BC


  • Chernos, M., MacDonald, R.J., and Craig, J. (2017) Efficient semi-distributed hydrological modelling workflow for simulating streamflow and characterizing hydrologic processes. Confluence: Journal of Watershed Science and Management, Volume 1, No03. (link)
  • Chernos, M., Koppes, M., & Moore, R. D. (2016). Ablation from calving and surface melt at lake-terminating Bridge Glacier, British Columbia, 1984–2013. The Cryosphere10(1), 87-102. (link)
  • Koppes, M., Conway, H., Rasmussen, L., and Chernos, M. (2011). Deriving mass balance and calving variations from reanalysis data and sparse observations, Glaciar San Rafael, northern Patagonia. The Cryosphere, 5:791–808. (link)


  • Chernos, M., MacDonald, R.J., Cairns, D., and Craig, J. Current and future projections of glacier contribution to streamflow in the upper Athabasca River Basin. Oral presentation at Canadian Geophysical Union 2017 Scientific Meeting, May 28-31, 2017, Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Pauline Holdsworth. (2016). Troubled waters ahead for shrinking Bridge Glacier in southwestern BC. The Globe and Mail (January 1, 2016) 
  • M. Chernos, M. Koppes & D. Moore. (2014). Calving and Mass Loss of a Lacustrine Terminating Glacier. Oral Presentation at Canadian Geophysical Union 2014 Scientific Meeting, May 4-8, 2014, Banff, Alberta.
  • Colin D. Rennie, Michael A. Church, Jeremy G. Venditti, James Bomhof, and Matt Chernos. (2013). Influence of bedrock on river hydrodynamics and channel geometry. Poster at Americal Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 9-13, 2013, San Francisco, California.
  • Chernos, M. (2013). Bridge Glacier: Accelerated Retreat and Climate De-coupling of a Calving Glacier. Oral Presentation at Annual Meeting of North West Glaciologists, October 18-19, 2013, Burnaby, BC.
  • Chernos, M. (2013). Glacier Mass Balance: Energy Balance and Temperature Index Modelling. Guest lecture in GEOB 408 – Snow and Ice Processes