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Graduate Students

The department has offered graduate degrees for more than a century (details below). In the past 20 years, our graduate program has been relatively stable, with 30-40 students registered at any one time.  The Dawson Graduate Geology Society hosts social events and organises field trips and other activities.



Name Topic Topic Supervisor
Mathilde Banjan Ph. D.   Coutand / Kellett
Laura-Ann Broom M. Sc.   Campbell / Gosse
Taylor Campbell M. Sc. Carbonate stratigraphy and organic matter preservation within the Scotian Basin Wach
Richard Chow M. Sc.   Fedortchouk
Ana Corbalan Castejon Ph. D.   Nedimović
Jocelyn Egan Ph. D.   Gosse / Risk
John Evanelatos Ph. D. Seismic stratigraphy and morphology of Makarov Basin: tectonic implications Gosse / Mosher
Jen Frail-Gauthier Ph. D. What can benthic salt marsh foraminifera and their associated fauna tell us about ecological and extinction dynamics? Gibling / Sterling
Carrie-Ellen Gabriel Ph. D. Examining the destabilization of soil organic matter in podzols in response to forest harvesting Ryan / Kellman
Anne Hargreaves M. Sc. Characterization of the Cretaceous Mississauga and Verrill Canyon formations in the Sable Sub-Basin, Offshore Nova Scotia, to Determine Source Rock and Correlation to Worldwide Oceanic Anoxic Events Wach
Sean Kelly M. Sc.   Sterling
Trevor Kelly Ph. D.   Wach
Erin Keltie M. Sc.   Brenan
Ryan Kressall Ph. D. Dissolution of mantle minerals in kimberlite magmas and modeling of emplacement conditions of kimberlite magma. Fedortchouk
Harold Kuehn Ph. D. Seismic megathrust hazards by reflection mapping Nedimović
Zhuoyuan Li M. Sc.   Fedortchouk
Jason Loxton Ph. D. Evolutionary Responses to the Hirnantian Mass Extinction Event: Graptolite Biostratigraphy, Biodiversity, and Systematics in Northern Laurentia. Gibling / Melchin
Bryan Maciag Ph. D.   Brenan
Kenneth Martyns-Yellow M. Sc.   Wach
Rachel Milligan M. Sc. Features of apatite in kimberlites from Ekati Mine and Snap Lake, Northwest Territories: modelling of kimberlite composition Fedortchouk
Natasha Morrison M. Sc. Integration of Seismic Inversion with Source Rock Evaluation Methods to the Study of the Middle to Late Jurassic Organic Rich Intervals in the Scotian Basin, Nova Scotia, Canada Wach
Cody Paige M. Sc. Development of a stainless steel in situ 14C extraction line for erosion rate calculations to improve the reliability of dating strain markers Gosse
Peter Regan M. Sc.   Culshaw
Sydney Stashin M. Sc.   Gosse
Dawn Tobey M. Sc. An investigation of a vegetated fluvial -aeolian system: The Lower Cutler Beds of the Late Pennsylvanian to Early Permian Paradox Basin, Southeastern Utah. Gibling
Dustin Whalen M. Sc.   Nedimović
Carlos Wong M. Sc.   Wach
Yuqui Zhao M. Sc.   Grujic


M.Sc. Degrees

Although M.Sc. degrees did not appear till 1903, the M.A. had been awarded at least as early as April 1869, when five B.A. degrees and one M.A. were conferred. Two more M.A. degrees were awarded the following year. The procedure seems to have been that the holder of a B.A. degree could submit a proposed thesis topic for approval. Thereafter the candidate proceeded with the work, usually, but not necessarily, at the College. When completed the thesis was examined by a committee appointed for each by Senate. On December 2, 1879, (i.e. during Honeyman's regime) Senate approved the proposal of Richmond Logan, B.A., for an M.A. thesis on: "The Harmony of Scripture and Geology". The thesis was presented on 9 March, 1880, and approved a month later. (Reading the Scriptures as allegory, the late Dr. Ian MacKinnon of Pine Hill, who was for years an active member of the Dawson Club, long maintained a casual interest in the same theme.) An M.A. was also awarded in April, 1909, to W. S. Brodie, who had previously been "Principal of the Glace Bay schools", but I have not been able to discover his topic.

The first M.Sc. in Geology was awarded to Loran Arthur De Wolfe, in April, 1903. He spent his whole life in education, at the Nova Scotia Teacher's College and in government, and was a major player in the development of the educational system of the province. I have not been able to find the title of this thesis, but in 1904 he published a lengthy paper on "The Structure and succession at North Sydney and Sydney Mines, C.B." which may be derived from that thesis.

According to a list of graduates in the calendar for 1907-08, DeWolfe received the second Master of Science degree awarded by Dalhousie. The first, in 1898, went to Ebenezer H. Archibald for work in Physics. He went on to Harvard and thence to the University of British Columbia, where he was head of the Chemistry department from 1920 to 1927.

Ph. D. Degree

As the graduate programs developed it became possible to offer the Ph.D. degree, and departments gradually added this. The first such degree in Geology was awarded to Fabrizio Aumento in 1965, for a thesis entitled "Thermal Transformation of Selected Zeolites and Related Hydrated Silicates".