Dr. Fred Gaidies

Full Professor
2217 Herzberg Laboratories
(613) 520-2600 Ext. 4435

About Dr. Fred Gaidies

My research focuses on a better understanding of the mechanisms and rates of fundamental rock-forming processes such as nucleation, crystal growth and chemical diffusion and how they depend on changes of pressure, temperature and chemical environment with time during rock evolution. I am especially interested in the kinetics of these processes and how they contribute to the mineral content, mineral chemistry and texture of a rock. I study features such as chemical zoning of crystals or the size and spatial distribution of mineral grains in rocks and compare these findings with results obtained through numerical simulations.

There is currently a PhD position available on the evolution of the inverted metamorphic sequence of the Sikkim Himalayas (India). For more information please click here.

I teach undergraduate classes on mineralogy and petrology, metamorphic petrology, and field geology and graduate courses on the kinetics and thermodynamics of mineral reactions.

Professional Activities
Member, Geological Society of America; Member, Mineralogical Society of America; Lecturer of DMG - Short Course, University of Vienna (2010); Session Co-convener IMA meeting, Budapest (2010); Session Co-convener GeoCanada 2010, Calgary (2010); Guest Editor "Mineralogy and Petrology'' (2009); Session Co-convener Goldschmidt meeting, Davos (2009); Visiting Professor, petrology, University of Vienna (2008); Invited lecture, Ruhr-University Bochum (2008); Session Co-convener EGU General Assembly, Vienna (2008); Invited speaker, University of Calgary (2008).

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