Sofia Panasiuk – BSc student, University of Toronto
Remote-predictive mapping, Reykjanes Ridge
Sofia uses remote-predictive mapping, a novel method to analyze geomorphological structures on tectonically active and potentially economical regions of the seafloor. The Reykjanes Ridge, the northern 900 km segment of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge delineates from a typical slow-spreading ridge and Sofia will characterize and derive relationships between linear features, volcanics, tectonic setting and hotspot influences on regional and local morphology.
Sofia is expected to graduate from her BSc Hon. program in 2021, but already presented her research findings at the Goldschmidt conference in 2020. Her academic achievements were recognized by the University of Toronto, who awarded her the Alexander MacLean Scholarship, the Roger E. Deane Memorial Scholarship, the H.V. Ellsworth Undergraduate Award in Mineralogy and the Joseph Housam Memorial Leadership Award. Beyond her academic success, Sofia also has industry experience from a summer internship with Agnico Eagle.