Rebecca (Becky) Jamieson

Emeritus Professor


Email: beckyj@Dal.Ca
Phone: +1 902 494 3771
Fax: +1 902 494 6889
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University
1459 Oxford Street
PO BOX 15000
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Life Sciences Centre
4thfloor, Ocean Wing
Rm. 4653
Research Topics:
  • Geochronology
  • Petrology
  • Tectonic processes


Current Research

My research is directed towards a better understanding of how variations in metamorphic grade in space and time (metamorphic architecture) are linked to the thermal and tectonic processes that control orogenesis. The work involves a two-fold approach. The first uses coupled thermal-mechanical computer models of the relationships between heat, tectonics, and metamorphism in orogenic belts, done in collaboration with C. Beaumont. The modelling expertise is provided by the Dalhousie Geodynamics Group; I contribute to problem selection, planning the modelling approach, analysis of the results, comparison with data, and interpretation in terms of processes. Recent work has focused on "large hot orogens" including the Himalayan-Tibetan system and Grenville orogen. The second approach involves field-based petrological studies that integrate structural, metamorphic, and geochronologic data in an effort to produce a well constrained, internally consistent, thermal-tectonic interpretations. Specific study areas include the Grenville orogen of central Ontario, in collaboration with N. Culshaw of Dalhousie, Appalachian metamorphic complexes in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland (various collaborators), and projects in the Trans-Hudson Orogen in collaboration with colleagues at the Geological Survey of Canada. These field-based projects generally involve graduate and/or honours students. I have recently been working on contact metamorphism in the city of Halifax (including the Dalhousie campus); the work was started to give undergraduate students some local field experience, but has evolved into a significant research focus.

Current and Recent Research Projects: (2006-present)

  • Formation and exhumation of ultra-high pressure metamorphic rocks, Western Gneiss Region of Norway and elsewhere; with C. Beaumont, Dalhousie, C. Warren, Open University, and gradaute students
  • Thermal-mechanical models of the Himalayan-Tibetan orogen and other large hot orogenic systems; with C. Beaumont, D. Grujic, Dalhousie, and post-doctoral fellows
  • Geology, metamorphism, and tectonics of the Grenville Orogen, central Ontario, with N. Culshaw, C. Beaumont, P.Reynolds, Dalhousie, and graduate students
  • Geology and contact metamorphism of the Halifax Group, Halifax, NS; with J. Waldron, U. Alberta, C. White, NSDNR, and honours students
  • Chemical dating of monazite by electron microprobe (various projects), with D. MacDonald, Dalhousie Regional Electron Microprobe Laboratory

Graduate Research Projects Available: (2012-2013)

  • Metamorphism and tectonic significance of relict high-pressure rocks, western Grenville orogen, Ontario (MSc or PhD).
  • Monazite texture, chemistry, and age in the contact aureole of the South Mountain Batholith, Halifax, NS (MSc or PhD)



  • B.Sc., Dalhousie University (1974)
  • Ph.D., Memorial University (1979)