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Earth and Environmental Sciences

Research

Faculty research in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences mostly falls into three main areas of interest: Geofluids, Geochemistry, and Environmental Geoscience.

Topics within the area of Geochemistry include:

  • Aqueous geochemistry and hydrothermal processes
  • Diagenetic and sedimentary geochemistry
  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Fluid inclusion geochemistry
  • Geomicrobiology, biogeochemistry
  • Petrogenesis of Archean igneous rocks
  • Radiogenic isotope geochemistry
  • Stable isotope geochemistry
  • Trace element geochemistry of igneous rocks

Topics within the area of Geofluids include:

  • Diagenesis and fluid flow in sedimentary rocks
  • Fluid inclusions
  • Fluid flow modeling in mineral deposit genesis
  • Genesis of hydrothermal mineral deposits
  • Hydrogeology
  • Hydrology and wetlands
  • Paleomagnetic dating of mineral deposits and fluid flow
  • Paleomagnetism and rock magnetism of hydrocarbon-associated rocks

Topics within the area of Environmental Geoscience include:

  • Analytical chemistry and microchemistry
  • Elemental and isotopic tracer studies
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Environmental magnetism
  • Aqueous and environmental chemistry
  • Environmental geomorphology 
  • Environmental monitoring and modelling
  • Element cycling in aqueous, atmospheric, and terrestrial systems