Stable isotope geochemistry, oceans, water rock interaction, paleoclimate
Dr. Karlis Muehlenbachs specializes in using stable isotope variation in many aspects of geochemistry, e.g. history of seawater, isotopic paleoclimate proxies, oxygen diffusion in minerals, contamination of groundwater by natural gas, and in-situ steam-assisted heavy oil extraction
- Muehlenbachs is seeking graduate students to participate in an ongoing,
- industry funded initiative to understand the origin of shallow natural gas
- in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin.
- Muehlenbachs is seeking a graduate student to determine rates of oxygen
- diffusion in minerals and melts at high temperature and pressure
- Muehlenbachs is seeking a graduate student who would elucidate aspects of
- microbiological attack on volcanic glass
The plate tectonic framework of a dynamic Earth as it relates to the origin of major groups of minerals and rocks. Earthquakes, structural geology, and the origin of mountain belts. Surface processes and their sedimentary products. History of life and extinctions. Prerequisite: EAS 100 or GEOPH 110 or GEOPH 210. This course may not be taken for credit if credit has been obtained in EAS 201 or 210.
Near-surface geological processes and the physical environment in western Canada. Topics include: natural hazards in developed areas; rivers and flooding; surface water and groundwater resources; soil resources and degradation; air and water pollution; waste management and disposal; environmental geoscience and resource extraction; and global change. Prerequisites: Any 100-level Science course. [Faculty of Science]
Processes and geological evidence of natural catastrophes, such as volcanoes, earthquakes, slope failures, tsunamis, floods, extraterrestrial impacts, and other rapid environmental changes. Natural hazard risk in the context of geological time. Prerequisite: Any 100-level Science course. [Faculty of Science]