• Extreme Volcanism (Large Igneous Provinces / LIPs):

  • Continental Reconstructions
  • Related Ore Deposits
  • Planetary Geology


My association with Carleton University began with a PhD, completed in 1989, continued with an Adjunct Professor status since 2004 and reached a new level in 2011 as Scientist-in-Residence in Earth Sciences. My focus is Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs), which represents an extreme type of volcanism that occurs on Earth on average every 20-30 million years and results in breakup of continents, dramatic changes in climate and is linked to many major types of ore deposits. My research at Carleton University comprises two major foci: 1) planetary geology (and specifically, analogues of LIPs on other planets), and 2) improving the LIP record in order to reconstruct the arrangement of crustal blocks within supercontinents back to 2.7 billion years ago. The latter is supported > 2 million in funding from industry and government sources. I am keen to involve students in all aspects of my research including opportunities to work on rock suites from remote regions of the world, GIS projects related to continental reconstructions and mapping tectono-magmatic features on radar images of Venus.

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Last Updated: July 18, 2016