Department of Earth SciencesWestern Science

Dr. Phil McCausland

Meteoritics, Tectonics, Paleomagnetism

Phil McCausland

Director, Western Paleomagnetic and Petrophysical Laboratory
Adjunct Professor

Ph.D. Western University, 2002
Office: BGS 0187
Labs: WSC 34, 36; BGS 1009
Phone: 519-661-2111 x.88008
Fax: 519-661-3198
Curriculum Vitae
Lab Website (WPPL)

Research Interests

I have two main areas of research:

  1. Paleomagnetism applied to the study of supercontinent assembly and dispersal, terrane tectonics and orogeny
  2. Petrophysical properties and mineralogy of Earth & planetary materials as it relates to mineral exploration, meteoritics, and the geological evolution of the Earth and small bodies of the Solar System

These are currently pursued by my research group (graduate students in italics) along the following themes: 

Selected Publications

Professional Affiliations

President, Solid Earth Section of the Canadian Geophysical Union  
Secretary-Treasurer, Geophysics Division of the Geological Association of Canada
Senior Representative for Canada to IAGA (International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy)

Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society
Member: GAC, MAC, AGU, GSA, CGU, AAS, Meteoritical Society, Atlantic Geoscience Society, RASC

Meteorite Impact Advisory Committee – Canada National Fireball Coordinator (2014-present)

Participant, IGCP 628 “The Gondwana Map Project– the geological map and the tectonic evolution of Gondwana”

Participant, IGCP 648 “Supercontinent Cycles & Global Geodynamics”

Check out the Grimsby meteorite fall, Sept 25, 2009

Present Students


Courses Taught

ES 2250Y co-instructor Second Year Field School (Winter 2015)
ES 4490E Senior Thesis class (2013-2014; 2014-2015)
ES 4450Y co-instructor Fourth Year Field School (Fall 2014)
ES 1086G “Origin & Geology of the Solar System” – online offering (Winter 2014)
ES 2240G “Catastrophic Events in Earth History” –online offering (Winter 2013)
ES 1081A “Resources, Environment and Sustainability in a Material Society” (Fall 2012)
ES 2260A "Stratigraphy and Sedimentology" (former Earth Sciences 260 - Fall 2007)