Geological Sciences

UBC and the Province of British Columbia offer exceptional opportunity for combined field and laboratory research. The Canadian Cordillera offers research opportunities in:

  • petrology of intrusive and volcanic rocks of many kinds, and of metamorphic rocks of all grades
  • structural studies of complex metamorphic terrains exposed in three dimensions
  • metalliferous deposits of varied genetic types
  • mineral exploration methods; mineralogy associated with many different environments
  • complexly folded and faulted successions of bedded rocks in the mountain belts and plateaus, and in virtually undisturbed coal- and gas-bearing strata of the north-eastern province
  • numerous problems of engineering, environmental geology-related to water, slope stability, natural geological hazards, and hydrogeology (lakes, fjords, deltas, tidal flats, continental shelf, and oceanic depths provide a wide range of aquatic environments for students interested in sedimentology, geochemistry, biostratigraphy, and geological oceanography)

Faculty Members

Name Research Interests
Ameli, Ali Numerical Analysis, Climate Changes and Impacts, Hydrological Cycle and Reservoirs, Ground Water and Water Tables, Groundwater Ecohydrology, Hydro-geological Engineering, Watershed Management, Applied Hydro-geochemistry, Environmental Tracer, Groundwater-Surfacewater & land Interaction, Green Infrastructure
Beckie, Roger
Bustin, Robert Marc
Crowe, Sean Geobiology, biogeochemistry, microbial evolution
D'Arcy, Mitch Earth and related environmental sciences, Geomorphology, Climate/palaeoclimate, Sedimentology, Geochronology, remote sensing
Dipple, Gregory
Eberhardt, Erik
Groat, Lee Mineralogy and crystallography (except soil mineralogy and chemicals aspects of crystallography), Inorganic geochemistry, Economic geology, mineralogy, crystal chemistry, Geochemistry, gem deposits, pegmatites
Hart, Craig
Hickey, Kenneth
Jellinek, Mark Volcanology, Geodynamics, Planetary Science, Geological Fluid Mechanics
Johnson, Mark Hydrological Cycle and Reservoirs, Land and Soil, Climate Changes and Impacts, Agriculture, Ecology and Quality of the Environment, Running Water Hydrosystem, Fresh Water, Ground Water and Water Tables, Ecohydrology, Carbon cycle, land use, Water and Sustainability, Biogeochemistry, data science
Kennedy, Lori
Kopylova, Maya diamond ore deposits, Diamond exploration, petrology and volcanology
Mayer, Ulrich hydrogeology, low-temperature geochemistry, groundwater contamination, groundwater remediation, mine waste management
McDougall, Scott Landslides, natural and man-made geological hazards, geohazards, rock avalanches, debris flows / floods, tailings dam breaches, shoreline erosion, landslide-generated waves
Peacock, Simon
Russell, Kelly Physical sciences, volcanology, petrology, magma rheology, geochemical thermodynamics
Saylor, Joel Edward Paleoaltimetry, Paleoclimatology, Tectonic Basin analysis, Quantitative sediment provenance analysis, Rivers, Tectonics, Sedimentary Basins, Structural Geology, Field Geology, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Sequence Stratigraphy, Sediments, Geology
Scoates, James Stewart
Smit, Matthijs
Weis, Dominique Earth Structure and Composition, Geodynamics, Chemical Pollutants, Earth Sciences, Geochemistry, Oceanic islands and mantle plumes, Environmental geochemistry, High-precision/sensitivity geochemical analyses, Indigenous studies


Kate Smith

Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Sciences (PhD)