I am a structural and sedimentary geologist who works on deformed sedimentary rocks, with a broad general interest in the tectonic history of the Earth and how it is recorded by sedimentary rocks. My education was mostly in the British Isles (where I grew up). I then worked in Atlantic Canada, based at St. Mary's University, until 2000. At the University of Alberta since then I have taught Structural Geology and Tectonics at several different levels, in addition to Introductory Earth Science and Field Schools in the Cordillera. Much of my research is currently focussed in the norther Appalachians and their continuation in Northwest Europe as the Caledonides. This mountain belt records the amalgamation of Pangea and is a fascinating place to study the effects of Plate Tectonics on the Earth's crust.
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Tectonics, Structural geology: Evolution of deformed sedimentary basins
My projects typically involve a combination of fieldwork with geophysical and geochronological data where available. Much of my work has been focussed in the Appalachians and Caledonide orogens of eastern Canada and the British Isles, where sedimentary rocks and associated folds and faults provide a record of ocean closure and supercontinent assembly. My lab stores equipment for fieldwork ranging from basic tools to a DJI Inspire 1 drone for photogrammetric surveying of outcrops. The lab is equipped with petrographic microscopes and computers capable of running state-of-the-art computer software for mapping, seismic interpretation and structural geology.
I currently teach courses in Structural Geology and Tectonics at second year, fourth year, and graduate level.
EAS 233 Geologic structures is a basic introduction to the identification, documentation, and basic interpretation of all kinds of structures in the Earth's crust. It focusses on field observation as a means to understand what has gone on in the Earth's history, and is a prerequisite for Geology Field School EAS 234.
EAS 421 Structural Geology and Tectonics Is a fourth year undergraduate course that examines how Plate Tectonics has affected the Earth's lithosphere over time, including sections on major tectonic environments
EAS 541 Topics in Tectonics and Structural Geology is a graduate level course in which each participant takes on a selected orogen. In a series of presentations, participants may examine, in their chosen orogen:
In addition to the above courses, I have undertaken several larger-scale projects with the support of the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund https://www.ualberta.ca/centre-for-teaching-and-learning/grants/tlef and related initiatives, including:
Orientation, measurement description, and analysis of planar and linear structures in rocks, including folds, faults, and fabrics. Introduction to mapping and the collection of structural information. Construction of geologic maps and cross-sections. Introduction to stereographic and equal-area projections. Basic concepts of strain and stress in rock deformation. Prerequisite: EAS 105, 210 or SCI 100. [Faculty of Science]Winter Term 2021
Geometric, kinematic, and dynamic analysis of structures produced by deformation. Stress and the origin of faults, joints, veins, folds, and tectonites. Brittle and ductile strain in rocks. Extensional, strike-slip, and compressional structural associations. Regional structure, orogens, and crustal tectonics. Lab exercises include structural interpretation for subsurface hydrocarbon and mineral exploration, stereographic techniques for structural analysis, and the study of rock fabrics. Prerequisites: EAS 233 and any 300-level EAS course. Not available to students with credit in EAS 321. [Faculty of Science]Fall Term 2020
Geometric, kinematic, and dynamic analysis of structures produced by deformation. Stress and the origin of faults, joints, veins, folds, and tectonites. Brittle and ductile strain in rocks. Extensional, strike-slip, and compressional structural associations. Regional structure, orogens, and crustal tectonics. Lab exercises include structural interpretation for subsurface hydrocarbon and mineral exploration, stereographic techniques for structural analysis, and the study of rock fabrics. Classes concurrent with EAS 421. Not available to students with credit in EAS 321 or 421. [Faculty of Science]Fall Term 2020
Topics in tectonics and the structure of the Earth, from microscopic to global scale, including present-day tectonic processes and the development of ancient orogens.Winter Term 2021