Dr. Patricia Corcoran

Sedimentary Petrology, Microplastics Pollution, Precambrian Geology

Patricia Corcoran

Associate Professor & Department Chair
Ph.D. Dalhousie University, 2001
Office: BGS 0164
Chair's Office: BGS 1028
Labs: BGS 1004, 1024
Phone: (519) 661-2111 x.86836
Chair's Phone: (519) 661-2111 x.86690
Website: corcorangroup.wordpress.com
Email: pcorcor@uwo.ca

Research Interests

Sedimentary petrology; factors controlling the composition and dispersal of natural and anthropogenic sedimentary deposits; distribution, accumulation and degradation of plastic debris in marine and fresh water shoreline, river, and lake bottom sediments; effects of climate, transport and recycling on sedimentary textures and composition.

Selected Publications

  • Corcoran, P.L., Jazvac, K., 2020. The consequence that is plastiglomerate. Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, 1: 6-7.
  • Huntington, A., Corcoran, P.L., Jantunen, L., Thaysen, C., Bernstein, S., Stern, G.A., Rochman, C.M. A first assessment of microplastics and other anthropogenic particles in Hudson Bay and the surrounding Eastern Canadian Arctic waters of Nunavut. FACETS 5: 432–454. doi: 10.1139/facets-2019-004
  • Belontz, S.L., Corcoran, P.L., Davis, H., Hill, K.A., Jazvac, K., Robertson, K., Wood, K., 2018. Embracing an Interdisciplinary Approach to Plastics Pollution Awareness and Action. Ambio, 48: 855-866.

  • Dean, B.Y., Corcoran, P.L., Helm, P.A., 2018. Factors Influencing Microplastic Abundances in Nearshore, Tributary and Beach Sediments along the Ontario Shoreline of Lake Erie. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 44: 1002-1009.

  • Hill, C.M., Corcoran, P.L., 2018. Processes responsible for the development of soft-sediment deformation structures (SSDS) in the Paleoproterozoic Gordon Lake Formation, Huronian Supergroup, Canada. Precambrian Research, 310: 63-75.

  • Corcoran, P.L., Jazvac, K., Ballent, A., 2017. Plastics and the Anthropocene in Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene, Elsevier, 8pp, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.10000-4.

  • Ballent, A., Corcoran, P.L., Madden, O., Helm, P.A., Longstaffe, F.J., 2016. Sources and sinks of microplastics in Canadian Lake Ontario nearshore, tributary and beach sediments. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 110: 383–395.

  • Hill, C., Corcoran, P.L., Aranha, R.A., Longstaffe, F.J., 2016. Microbially induced sedimentary structures in the Paleoproterozoic, upper Huronian Supergroup, Canada. Precambrian Research, 281: 155-165.

  • Zalasiewicz, J., Waters, C.N., Ivar do Sul, J., Corcoran, P.L., Barnosky, A.D., Cearreta, A., Edgeworth, M., Galuszka, A., Jeandel, C., Leinfelder, R., McNeill, J.R., Steffen, W., Summerhayes, C., Wagreich, M., Williams, M., Wolfe, A.P., Yonan, Y., 2016. The geological cycle of plastics and their use as a stratigraphic indicator of the Anthropocene. Anthropocene, 13: 4-17.

  • Corcoran, P.L., 2015. Benthic plastic debris in marine and fresh water environments. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts, 17: 1363-1369.

  • Corcoran, P.L., Norris, T., Ceccanese, T., Walzak, M.J., Helm, P.A., Marvin, C.H., 2015. Hidden plastics of Lake Ontario, Canada and their potential preservation in the sediment record. Environmental Pollution, 204: 17-25.

  • Corcoran, P.L., Moore, C., Jazvac, K., 2014. An anthropogenic marker horizon in the future rock record. GSA Today, 24: 4-8.

Courses Taught

  • Earth Sciences 2250Y: Introductory Field Mapping Techniques
  • Earth Sciences 3314B: Sedimentary Petrology
  • Geology 9580A/9680A: Graduate Seminar

Current Students

  • Sara Belontz, PhD Geology Candidate

  • Tim Howe, PhD Geology Candidate (Co-Supervisor)

  • Ian Arturo, MSc Geology Candidate

  • Jesse Francisco, MSc Geology Candidate

  • Lindsay Blythe, MSc Geology Candidate (Co-Supervisor)

  • Colleen Wardlaw, MSc Biology Candidate (Co-Supervisor)

  • Richa Agarwal, MSc Geology Course-based Candidate

Future Students

Dr. Corcoran is not currently accepting any new students.