Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences

The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences formed in 1996 from faculty members from the former Departments of Geophysics and Astronomy, Geological Sciences, Oceanography.

The research of the department spans studies of the earth's deep interior, near-surface geology, the environment, Earth's oceans & atmosphere, and other terrestrial planets. Rich collaboration both internal and external to the department study the complex interactions in Earth systems and provide access to outstanding instrumentation and expertise. EOAS maintains active ties with industry partners, consulting firms and government labs.

Master's Students
Doctoral Students
Graduate Degrees Awarded

Research Supervisors

Name Research Interests
Allen, Susan Elizabeth Oceans and Inland Waters; Prediction and Climatic Modeling; physical oceanography; coastal oceanography; forecast models; coupled bio-physics and chem-physics and all three models
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
Andersen, Raymond Chemicals produced by marine organisms
Austin, Philip global climate; climate change; greenhouse effect; global warming; clouds; lightning; storms, Cloud physics, radiative properties of layer clouds, status cirrus formation, global climate, cloug aerosol feedbacks and climate
Beckie, Roger Ground hydrology, geotechnical engineering
Bostock, Michael structure of the Canadian upper mantle, Geophysics, formation and evolution of the first continental landmasses, the structure and dynamics of subduction zones
Bustin, Robert Marc Unconventional Petroleum Reservoirs
Crowe, Sean Geobiology, biogeochemistry, microbial evolution
D'Arcy, Mitch Earth and related environmental sciences; Geomorphology; Climate/palaeoclimate; Sedimentology; Geochronology; remote sensing
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
Francois, Roger Marine Geochemistry, Climate Change
Groat, Lee Mineralogy and crystallography (except soil mineralogy and chemicals aspects of crystallography); Inorganic geochemistry; Economic geology; mineralogy; crystal chemistry; Geochemistry; economic geology; gem deposits; pegmatites
Haber, Eldad Scientific computing and its application to geophysical and medical imaging
Hart, Craig
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
Johnson, Catherine Lunar geophysics, Evolution of Mars' Magnetic Field and Atmosphere
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
Maldonado, Maite Phytoplankton Trace Metal Physiology
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
Orians, Kristin Chemical Oceanography, Trace metals in seawater
Pakhomov, Yevhenii Feeding ecophysiology of aquatic invertebrates and fishes, Antarctic ecology, Antarctic krill biology, Tunicate biology, Fishery ecology, Stable isotope ecology
Pawlowicz, Richard Oceans and Inland Waters; ocean physics; properties of seawater; geophysical fluid dynamics; Nonlinear waves
Peacock, Simon understanding the thermal, petrologic, and seismological structure of subduction zones
Radic, Valentina Climate Changes and Impacts; Glaciology; Meteorology; Climate Science
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
Schoof, Christian Ice and Snow; Transformation and Evolution of the Earth Surface; Fluid Mechanics; Hydraulic; Asymptotic and Classical Applied Analysis; Differential Equation; Glaciology; ice sheet dynamics; glacier hydrology; applied mathematics
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
Stull, Roland Meteorology and weather; weather; Meteorology; atmospheric science; numerical weather prediction; clean energy meteorology; storms; transportation weather; forest fire weather; weather disasters; atmospheric boundary layers; aviation meteorology
Suttle, Curtis Marine Environment; Microbial Diversity; Marine Microbiology; Environmental Virology; Biological Oceanography; Viral Discovery; Viruses; Phage
Tortell, Philippe Biological / Chemical Oceanography, Climate-active Trace Gases, Primary Productvity, Polar Marine Ecosystems
Waterman, Stephanie Ocean dynamics, Scale interactions, Oceanic processes, Arctic oceanography, Southern ocean dynamics, Western boundary current jets, Geophysical fluid dynamics, jets, eddies & scale interactions
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)