Matthew grew up in Montreal, Quebec, and graduated from McGill University in 2014 with a BSc in Earth and Planetary Science. While at McGill, he was introduced to hydrogeological modelling while completing an undergraduate research project simulating groundwater flow around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was damaged in the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. After graduation, he briefly worked in central Alberta as an Environmental Technologist assisting drilling operations before moving on to pursue a graduate degree in hydrogeology.
In 2018, he completed his MSc research at Simon Fraser University working under the supervision of Dr. Diana Allen. His thesis involved modelling the injection of highly saline wastewater into deep aquifers in order to better understand the structure and extent of resulting wastewater plumes. The migration of this wastewater is heavily influenced by density variations arising from temperature and salinity differences between the wastewater and naturally occurring formation waters contained within the disposal aquifer.
He currently works as Hydrogeologist for SRK Consulting in Vancouver, BC.