PhD candidate, uOttawa
Superior Province crustal growth

Dan Stepner – PhD candidate, uOttawa Superior Province crustal growth Dan’s research focuses on crustal growth and recycling in the Archean, using a combination of U-Pb-Hf in zircons, major and trace element analyses, and long- and short-lived isotopic studies, to better understand crustal growth and the consolidation of early cratons. The application of the 146Sm-142Nd…

MSc candidate, University of Ottawa
Luzon arc Cu-Au porphyries

William Midea – MSc candidate, University of Ottawa Luzon arc Cu-Au porphyries William is documenting the magmatic evolution in the Luzon arc (Philippines) through compositional variation of zircon, amphibole and Fe-Ti oxides. He is using zircon thermobarometry to identify fertile intrusions for porphyry Cu ± Au mineralisation. William obtained his BSc Hon. from uOttawa in 2020, before starting…

MSc candidate, University of Toronto
Solomons hydrothermal systems

David Summer – PhD candidate, University of Toronto Solomons hydrothermal systems David is developing a lithotectonic map of the seafloor around the Solomon Islands and in the Coral Sea, using bathymetric and geophysical data. He will also characterize the geology and (isotope) geochemistry of the Stanton seafloor massive sulfide deposit, Vanuatu Arc, SW Pacific, to…

PhD candidate, uOttawa
Alpine orogeny thermochronology

Jennifer Spalding – PhD candidate, uOttawa Alpine orogeny thermochronology Jennifer uses apatite fission track data to derive low temperature thermal histories of shallow crustal processes. Jennifer uses apatite chemistry and fission track ages as thermochronometers to produce thermal history models and understand the timing of metallic ore and hydrocarbon deposition. Jennifer finished her BSc Hon.…

MSc candidate, uOttawa
Lau basin sequence stratigraphy

Jessie Kehew – MSc candidate, uOttawa Lau basin sequence stratigraphy Jessie is investigating the order of sub-basin opening within the Lau Basin with the use of parasound acoustic data and seismic data. The bounding structures and echo-facies of the sub-basins will be compared to inter-assemblage sedimentary basins of the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, with special emphasis…

MSc candidate, University of Toronto
Jean Charcot hydrothermal systems

Jonathan Umbsaar – MSc candidate, University of Toronto Jean Charcot hydrothermal systems Jonathan works on geochemical characterizations of trace element distribution in low-temperature sulphides from potential ore deposits in the Jean-Charcot Troughs and Niua Volcanic Complex of the SW Pacific. Jonathan started his MSc as a CREATE trainee in the working group of Melissa Anderson…

BSc Hon. student, Memorial University
Niua South, Tofua volcanic arc hydrothermal system

Kallie Stone – BSc Hon. student, Memorial University Niua South, Tofua volcanic arc hydrothermal system Kallie is calculating chemical mass balances and depositional efficiencies of metals in seafloor massive sulfide deposits at the Niua South crater-hosted hydrothermal system in the Lau Basin. She uses specialized MATLAB code to derive discharge rates from footage of submarine…

BSc Hon. student, uOttawa
North Fiji tectonic fabric

Katherine Power – BSc Hon. student, uOttawa North Fiji tectonic fabric Katherine is building a GIS model of microplate fabrics in the North Fiji Basin, using geophysical datasets such as bathymetry, magnetics, and gravity. Understanding this critical part of the southwest Pacific, with its elevated mantle temperatures and largest cumulative length of active spreading centers…

PhD candidate, Dalhousie University
Queen Charlotte Fault

Maochuan Zhang – PhD candidate, Dalhousie University Queen Charlotte Fault Maochuan uses active- and passive-source seismic data to characterize crustal and uppermost mantle velocity structure, fault zone architecture, and rheology of the Queen Charlotte Fault offshore British Columbia and Alaska. Maochuan completed his BSc at Chengdu University of Technology in 2017 and his MSc at…

MSc candidate, uOttawa
Lau Basin-North Fiji magmatic productivity

Michael Ryan – MSc candidate, uOttawa Lau Basin-North Fiji magmatic productivity Michael is mapping and analyzing volcanic features of four assemblages in the Lau and North Fiji basins in order to determine the variability and controls on magmatic productivity. He is using bathymetry and backscatter data to better understand these modern microplate domains, comparing them…