Fall 2017

GEOLOGY 9506A: Stable Isotope Geochemistry in Earth & Environmental Sciences - Fred Longstaffe

Instructor: Fred Longstaffe flongsta@uwo.ca BGS 1023
OfferedM/W/F 11:30AM-12:20PM 

Stable isotopes (O,H,C,S,N) systematics in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, sedimentary and diagenetic systems, hydrothermal systems, fluid migration, ore-forming fluids, igneous rocks and meteorites. Environmental applications: groundwater, soil organic matter, climate fluctuation; global cycle modification. Radiogenic isotopes: dating techniques; crust and mantle evolution, environmental tracing.

Course OutlineStable Isotope Geochemistry in Earth & Environmental Sciences

*Cross-listed with ES 4431A

GEOLOGY 9564A: Basin Analysis - Guy Plint

Instructor: Guy Plint gplint@uwo.ca BGS 1072
Offered: TBD

Discussion of principal basin-forming mechanisms in relation to plate tectonic setting; examination of classic examples of divergent margin, foreland and strike- slip basins; seismic and sequence stratigraphy and their application to reconstruction of subsidence history and paleogeography. Laboratory time involves analysis of seismic and well-log cross- sections. Each student will prepare and present a research paper based on literature review.

 Course OutlineBasin Analysis

GEOLOGY 9576A: Advanced Glacial Geology - Bethany Dean

Instructor: Bethany Dean bdean8@uwo.ca 
OfferedLecture M/W 10:30-11:30AM in PA 117 AND Lab W 2:30-5:30PM in BGS 1053

Covers glacial behaviour and evidence for glaciation over the last 2 million years of Earth's history. Glacial deposits and landforms, their uses in mineral exploration and construction, and environmental implications. Glacial-interglacial cycles as revealed in deep sea cores, ice cores, and terrestrial materials. Global sea level, climatic changes and causes of glaciation. Quaternary history concentrating on the Great Lakes region. 2 lecture hours, 3 lab hours each week for one term.

 Course OutlineAdvanced Glacial Geology 

*Cross-listed with ES 4462A

GEOLOGY 9601Y: Regional Field Geology - Guy Plint

Instructor: Guy Plint gplint@uwo.ca BGS 1072
Offered: September 1-10, 2017 in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick

A ten-day field trip to study aspects of the Appalachian Orogen in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick 1st September to 10th September, 2017. Students planning to take this course should have a reasonable grounding in igneous and sedimentray petrology, and in structural geology. Participation is at the discretion of the instructor. Course fees for Accelerated Masters students are included in their Academic Fees. Other graduate students are responsible for their own costs (typically about $1,600). If you intend to take this field course, you must inform the Academic Co-ordinator (Jennifer Heidenheim) of your intention to participate by April 30th 2017.

 Course Outline: Regional Field Geology

*Cross-listed with ES 4450Y

GEOLOGY 9701A: Modular Course in Mineral Systems and Ore Deposit Exploration Strategy - Bob Linnen

Instructor: Bob Linnen rlinnen@uwo.ca BGS 1000B
Offered: December 9-17, 2017 in BGS 1065

Explores the relationship between ore deposits, the host rocks, and the regional tectonomagmatic setting. The concept of a “mineral system” shows how the ore deposits relate to their host rocks, and this in turn informs exploration models and strategy that cover diverse geological settings.

 Course Outline: Modular Course in Mineral Systems and Ore Deposit Exploration Strategy 

GEOLOGY / GEOPHYSICS 9580A/9680A: Graduate Seminar - Liz Webb

Instructor: Liz Webb ewebb5@uwo.ca BGS 0168
Offered: Tuesday 12:30-2:30PM in BGS 1053

The graduate seminar course is designed to give the student an opportunity to research a topic that is not part of his/her thesis research, to present and defend these ideas and to write them up in a format comparable to that used in current scientific journals. Each student will be expected to present a seminar to fellow class members (and any others who wish to attend). The subject matter of the seminar is very important. It should not duplicate any previous thesis topic nor that of a thesis or course in progress, nor a previous course presentation. It may be in a related field, but must not be closely allied to the student's research, past or present. The seminar should be an up-to-date presentation on a topic that the student had investigated in some depth. It is to the student's advantage to choose a topic that is at least somewhat controversial. There will be a question period after the oral presentation. This is a required course for MSc students. All graduate students are expected to attend all seminars throughout each year of residence.

 Course Outline: Graduate Seminar

*Note: Sign up for 9580A if you are a M.Sc. student and 9680A if you are a Ph.D. student.

GEOPHYSICS 9520A: Environmental and Exploration Geophysics II - Karen Assatourians

Instructor: Karen Assatourians kassatou@uwo.ca BGS 1012B
Offered: Lecture: M/W 10:30-11:30AM in MC-17 AND Lab: W 2:30-5:30PM in BGS 0184

A graduate course covering the geophysical techniques used for subsurface sensing, with applications to environmental studies and resource exploration. Data analysis includes seismology, gravity, electromagnetic and radiometric applications.

 Course Outline Environmental and Exploration Geophysics II

GEOPHYSICS 9509A: Geophysics Field School - Sheri Molnar

Instructor: Sheri Molnar smolnar8@uwo.ca BGS 1040
Offered: Field School in Calabogie, Ontario in August-September. 

This course provides an introduction to a range of geophysical techniques used for environment studies and resource exploration, as well as in-depth training in one method of the student's choice. Working independently, students will plan, acquire, process and interpret a geophysical field survey. NOTE: The course will include a one week field trip during the term given, and partial cost of the field course must be borne by the student, with the sum payable to the department in advance of the trip. Students not enrolled in a Geophysics graduate program should check with the Department concerning possible additional costs.

 Course Outline: Geophysics Field School

*Cross-listed with ES 4452Z

GEOPHYSICS 9531A: Computer Modelling of Natural Processes - Robert Shcherbakov

Instructor: Robert Shcherbakov rshcherb@uwo.ca BGS 1080
Offered: Lecture: Tu 10:30-11:30AM & Th 1:30-2:30PM in BGS 0184
Lab: Tu 11:30AM-12:30 PM & Th 2:30-3:30PM in BGS 0184

An introduction into computer modeling of various physical processes using both Monte-Carlo simulations of stochastic processes and cellular automata and numerical solutions of ordinary and partial differential equations is given. Notions of chaos, fractals, and complexity, analysis of discrete and continuous dynamical systems, importance of phase transitions and self-organized criticality are discussed. Specifically, the fundamental processes relevant to the physics of the Earth are analyzed such as diffusion, convection, fluid flow, propagation of waves, etc. Cellular automata, dynamical systems, and stochastic simulations are used to model earthquakes, forest-fires, percolation, branching and point processes, fracture and flow of materials. Matlab is employed as a programming and visualization environment.

 Course OutlineComputer Modelling of Natural Processes

GEOPHYSICS 9572A: Physics of the Earth I - Rick Secco

Instructor: Rick Secco secco@uwo.ca BGS 0178
Offered: Lecture: M/W/F 12:30-1:30PM in STVH 1119
Tutorial: Tu 2:30-4:30PM in BGS 0184

An introduction to solid earth geophysics with emphasis on elasticity and thermal state. Physics and thermodynamics are applied to materials constituting the deep earth to derive information from available observable and laboratory data.

 Course Outline: TBD

PLANETARY SCIENCE 9600Y: Planetary Science Seminar - Tony Withers

Instructor: Tony Withers tony.withers@uwo.ca BGS 1018 
Offered: TBD

A weekly meeting of all graduate students in the planetary science. Some weeks there will be a presentation and discussion about a recent paper in planetary science research (students take turns presenting a paper on a topic typically within their field, but not directly related to their own research). NEW this year: Other weeks will focus on communication, data management and presentation, grant writing, and other topics. This course allows students to broaden their background and learn about other fields within planetary science, as well as to build professional development and soft skills.

 Course OutlinePlanetary Science Seminar

PLANETARY SCIENCE 9603A: Planetary Science Short Course - Tony Withers

Instructor: Tony Withers tony.withers@uwo.ca BGS 1018 
Offered: August 26-September 2, 2017

This is an intensive 7-day modular course on planetary science mandatory for all new planetary science graduate students. The focus of the course will be on the fundamental processes that have shaped the terrestrial planets and their moons, and asteroids. Particular emphasis will be placed on investigations of the Moon, Mars, and asteroids. Some of the world’s leading experts on planetary science will present 1 to 2-day modules on selected topics. The course will feature both overview lectures on background theory, smaller topical study groups as well as hands-on activities involving imagery returned from unmanned orbiters and landers as well as astromaterials in the form of meteorites and analogue materials. Recent and ongoing planetary missions will be highlighted.

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 Course Outline: Planetary Science Short Course

PLANETARY SCIENCE 9604A: Short Course in Impact Cratering and Field Training Program - Gordon Osinski

Instructor: Gordon "Oz" Osinski gosinski@uwo.ca BGS 1050
Offered: September 23-30, 2017

This is an intensive 6-day short course and field training program on impact cratering. This course will introduce students to the processes and products of impact cratering on Earth and throughout the Solar System. This course will be based in Sudbury, Ontario, the site of an ~200 km diameter impact structure formed 1.85 billion years ago. Each day will feature 3 hours of lecture material in the morning, followed by field excursions and/or hands on laboratory sessions in the afternoons. The Sudbury structure offers an exceptional opportunity to study impact melt rocks, various types of impact breccias, shatter cones, impact-induced hydrothermal alteration, and much more.

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 Course Outline: Impact Cratering Short Course and Field School