Research Interests: Field structural geology Structural controls on gold mineralization Microstructural and textural analysis of deformed rocks
Structure and Tectonics
Our research requires extensive regional to outcrop-scale mapping to understand the structural evolution of the crust and the control of structures on ore deposit formation.
Structural geology is probably the most field-work intensive branch of geology that requires plenty of boot-on-the-ground work. This type of research requires extensive regional to outcrop-scale mapping during which we draw maps and sketches, describe, measure and interpret the observed structural elements. The structural measurements are generally presented on both maps and stereonet plots.
Our research activities focus on the structural evolution of ore deposits and the hosting terrains. Ore deposits are always controlled by structures, although the role and importance of these structural elements vary among the different deposit types. Understanding the structural control of ore bodies is crucial because such knowledge facilitates the discovery of new resources and new ore deposits. Large, regional-scale structural studies aim to understand the tectonic processes driving ore-forming processes and contribute to the understanding of the assembly and disintegration of geological provinces.
Our studies span geographically across Canada, and include research projects in the structurally complex greenstone belts of the Paleoproterozoic Flin Flon belt, and the Archean Superior and Rae Provinces. Other graduate students study the Proterozoic Southern Province, the Sudbury impact structure and the Thelon basin.