Fall 2021

The course schedule for 2021-2022 is subject to change. Please refer to student centre for the most up to date information.

GEOLOGY 9506A: Stable Isotope Geochemistry in Earth & Environmental Science

Instructor: Fred Longstaffe 

Offered: LEC M/W/F 11:30AM-12:30PM

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. 

Course OutlineStable Isotope

*Cross-listed with ES 4431A

GEOLOGY 9564A: Basin Analysis

Instructor: Guy Plint gplint@uwo.ca

Offered: Timeslot will be selected based on availability of interested students 

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, and construction of sequence-stratigraphic and chronostratigraphic diagrams. Each student will prepare and present a research paper based on literature review.

 Course OutlineBasin Analysis

GEOLOGY 9601Y: Regional Field Geology

Instructor: Guy Plint gplint@uwo.ca BGS 1072
Offered: Nova Scotia and New Brunswick 

A ten-day field trip to study aspects of the Appalachian Orogen in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. 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. There will be a fee associated with this course.

 Course Outline: Regional Field Geology

*Cross-listed with ES 4450Y

*** Note: Students signed up for this course in early summer. Arrangements have been made and tickets have already been purchased. Please do not register for the course unless you have already been in contact with Guy Plint.

Geology 9702A: Special Topics in Geology - Mineral Resource Development

Intructor: David Good dgood3@uwo.ca
Offered: Lecture: Tuesday 6:30pm-8:30pm

This course will focus on the multi-disciplinary aspects of the mining cycle from exploration to production and remediation, and include introductions to environmental permitting, land management, mining finance and first nations consultation. It is intended to introduce students to the complex and sophisticated nature of resource development and empower them to develop an understanding of the ‘big picture’ role for various career paths. The course will include multimedia presentations, concept building, case studies and practical exercises.

 Course Outline: Mineral Resource Development

 *Cross-listed with ES 4458A

GEOPHYSICS 9505A: Geophysical Forward and Inverse Modelling

Instructor: Robert Shcherbakov

Offered: LEC W/F 10:30AM-11:30AM + LAB W/F 11:30AM-12:30PM

This course will provides an introduction into parameter estimation and data inversion for several geophysical problems. During the course, the students will be given an overview of fundamental concepts related to the construction of forward models, design of optimization methods and algorithms, and inversion of data for the underlying geophysical processes. Topics will include discrete linear inverse problems, maximum likelihood methods, Lanczos (Singular Value) decomposition, uniqueness and accuracy, data and model weighting, Bayesian formulation of the inverse problem, and non-linear problems.

 Course Outline: Here 

*Crosslisted with ES 4420A

GEOPHYSICS 9509A: Geophysics Field School

Instructor: Sheri Molnar 
Offered: August 28 - September 7, 2021

This course provides an introduction to the practical application of various geophysical techniques (gravity, magnetics, electrical, electro-magnetics, seismics, or GPR). Geophysical surveys are used for site characterization in assessment of hazard mitigation, anthropological, environmental and civil engineering studies, and resource exploration. Students will plan, acquire, process and interpret geophysical field surveys. Three on campus instruction days followed by an off campus field trip including four field days at two different field sites. NOTE: 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: 

*Cross-listed with ES 4451Z

GEOPHYSICS 9572A: Physics of the Earth I

Instructor: Rick Secco secco@uwo.ca BGS 0178

Offered: LECTURE MWF 12:30PM-1:30PM + TUTORIAL Tuesday 2:30PM-4:30PM

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 OutlinePhysics of the Earth's Interior

*Crosslisted with ES 3321A

GEOPHYSICS / HAZRR 9573A: Natural Catastrophes: Modelling, Assessing, and Mitigating the Impact

Instructor: Katsu Goda kgoda2@uwo.ca

Offered: LEC Thursday 9:30am-11:30am  Lawson Hall 2210 + TUT Thursday 12:30-2:30pm Social Science Centre 1000 (tutorial is optional/flexible if accomodation is needed reach out to instructor)

This course will provide an overview of analytical/numerical approaches, i.e. catastrophe models, in modelling, assessing, and mitigating the impact of natural catastrophes. It covers four main elements of catastrophe models, namely, hazard, exposure, vulnerability, and risk. More specifically, students will be exposed to various hazard modelling techniques (event frequency, hazard intensity, footprint modelling, etc.), gathering of exposure information (databases from public sources, GIS-type data acquisition), vulnerability modelling (damage surveys, statistical modelling of structural fragility, and its use for damage assessment), and risk quantification and management (physical mitigation, financial protection, and risk communication). Financial/insurance implications and aspects of disaster risk policies will also be incorporated, as appropriate. The students are expected to develop a comprehensive understanding of the sequences and their connections that comprise natural catastrophe modelling and assessment. This will be facilitated through assignments, computer lab sessions, and research-oriented individual project. 

 Course Outline: Natural Catastrophes

Note: This is a required course for students enrolled in the Collaborative Specialization in Hazards, Risks and Resilence

PLANETARY SCIENCE 9600Y: Planetary Science Seminar

Instructor: Catherine Neish cneish@uwo.ca 
Offered: Lecture Friday 2:30-3:30pm 

A weekly meeting of all graduate students in the Collaborative Specialization in Planetary Science and Exploration. 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). 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 Outline: TBD

PLANETARY SCIENCE 9603A: Introduction to Planetary Science

Instructor: Catherine Neish
Offered: August 30 - September 5, 2021

This is an intensive 7-day short course for graduate students, researchers, industry and government employees on planetary science. This course is mandatory for all new planetary science graduate students at Western and should be taken during the first year. 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, which represent the highest priority targets for the Canadian planetary science community and the Canadian Space Agency. Some of the world’s leading experts on planetary science will present 1 day or half-day modules on selected topics. The course will be suitable for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and for professionals from industry and government. 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. It is intended to provide the non-specialist with a working knowledge of the multidisciplinary fields within planetary science.

For more information: https://space.uwo.ca/training/graduate_students/courses/index.html

 Course Outline: Intro to Planetary Science

PLANETARY SCIENCE 9604A - Impact Cratering Short Course

Instructor: Gordon Osinski gosinski@uwo.ca 
Offered: Sept 25 - Oct 3, 2021

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.

Click here for more information and to pay for this course.

 Course OutlineImpact Cratering Short Course and Field School