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 Ground hydrology, geotechnical engineering
Bustin, Robert Marc Unconventional Petroleum Reservoirs
Crowe, Sean Geobiology, biogeochemistry, microbial evolution
D'Arcy, Mitch
Dipple, Gregory carbon sequestration, geologic fluid flow, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions
Eberhardt, Erik landslides, rockslides, tunnelling, mining, rock mechanics, geotechnical engineering, Rock Mechanics & Rock Engineering
Groat, Lee geology, mineralogy, minerals, crystallography, gems, pegmatite, rare elements, rare earth elements, carbonatites, Mineralogy, crystal chemistry and mineral physics, granitic pegmatites, environmental mineralogy, and the mineralogy of gemstones
Hart, Craig mineral exploration, gold deposits, copper, exploration methods, global resources, Yukon, China, Mongolia, Alaska, Ring of Fire, tectonics, magma, mineral deposits, ore, assay, , Economic Geology, Exploration Targeting and Regional Metallogeny
Hickey, Kenneth understand the processes involved in the genesis of mineral deposits from a multidisciplinary perspective; Post-mineralization weathering, denudation and subsequent burial of Carlin-type Au-mineralization at the Cortez Hills deposit: Implications for finding Au-deposits in bedrock under cover.
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 Geological science, structural geology, development of large-scale fault systems and shear zones, displacements, fluid-rock interactions, strain localization, confining pressure
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 understanding the thermal, petrologic, and seismological structure of subduction zones
Russell, Kelly Geological and Geomorphological Processes, 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 Origin and evolution of silicate magmas and mineralization potential; Applications of geochemistry and isotopic geochemistry to problems in petrology and mineral deposit geology; Physical volcanology and geochemical evolution of Large Igneous Provinces; Origin of igneous layering and the development of layered igneous intrusions; Petrologic, geochemical, isotopic, and geochronological aspects of Proterozoic anorthosite plutonic suites; Origin of magmatic Fe-Ti oxide, Cr, Ni, and PGE deposits
Smit, Matthijs 1) timing and duration of
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

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Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Sciences (PhD)