Killiam Professor, Departmental Chair
Ph.D. (Geology) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, USA) 1990
B.Sc. (Geological Sciences, Honours), McGill University (Montreal, Canada) 1985
My research focuses on experimental studies related to the behaviour of trace elements during igneous and hydrothermal processes.
Current areas of study investigated by his research group include:
- the role of chromite and olivine in fractionating Re and platinum group elements in mafic igneous systems
- diffusion of Re, Os and Pt in sulfides and oxides with implications for “closure” of the Re-Os and Pt-Os isotopic systems
- constraints on Earth differentiation from siderophile element geochemistry
- behaviour of siderophile and chalcophile elements during the solidification of massive sulfide ore
- partitioning of redox-sensitive elements in mineral-melt systems
- fluid/mineral partitioning with application to the origin of subduction zone magmas.
- Fall 2018, Funding expected for tuition, fees, stipend, and research costs.
The trace element fingerprint of the magmatic source for the Ring of Fire chromitites. The student will perform high temperature laboratory experiments to measure the partitioning of trace elements between chromite and magma compositions presumed to be parental the the world-class Ring of Fire chromite deposits. Results will be compared to the composition of natural RoF chromites to establish the magma source, and develop a more accurate ore deposit model.
- Julian Boldy Award for Best Paper in Mineral Deposit Research, 2012
- Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Toronto, 2004
- Hawley Medal, Best Paper Award, Mineralogical Association of Canada, 2003
- Young Scientist Medal, Mineralogical Association of Canada, 2002
- Premier’s Research Excellence Award, 2000
- Fellow and Life Member of the Mineralogical Society of America, 1998-present
- Mineralogical Society of America Award, 1998