Fall 2017

ES 1022A: Earth Rocks! - Cam Tsujita

What our planet is made of, how it works, and how it affects us. Framed on the interactions of the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Specific topics include: geological time and earth history; formation of rocks and minerals; rock deformation; volcanoes and earthquakes; plate tectonics and mountain building; natural resources. 

Antirequisite(s): Earth Sciences 1070A/B, 1081A/B.

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Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

SyllabusEarth Rocks!

Instructor: Cam Tsujita ctsujita@uwo.ca BGS 1064 

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ES 1023A: Planet Earth Shaken and Stirred - Rick Secco

An overview of the origin and development of Earth and solar system; constitution and active processes of Earth interior; how these processes have shaped Earth evolution in the past and how they continue to control surface phenomena such as earthquake and volcanic activity. Labs will introduce the main resource exploration techniques. 

Antirequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2123A/B.

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Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

SyllabusPlanet Earth: Shaken and Stirred

Instructor: Rick Secco secco@uwo.ca BGS 0178

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ES 1070A: Introduction to the Geology and Resources of Earth - Natalie Pietrzak-Renaud

An introduction to geology covering rock forming minerals and rock forming processes. Emphasis will be placed on how mineral and hydrocarbon resources develop. A survey of the geological record is carried out to illustrate how resources are classified and distributed through time.

Antirequisite(s): Earth Sciences 1022A/B, 1081A/B.

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Extra Information: Only available online, 0.5 course. Purchase of Rock and Mineral Kit required.

SyllabusIntroduction to Geology and Resources of Earth

Instructor: Natalie Pietrzark-Renaud npietrz@uwo.ca WSC G7

Schedule:

  • Lecture: Online

ES 1081A: Resources, Environment and Sustainability - Alysha McNeil

This course introduces students to geologic materials and processes and examines their significance to humans. Emphasis is placed on the evidence for perturbations of Earth's natural environments by humans that impact on our planet's future. Specific topics include utilization of natural resources, waste management, water quality, geological hazards, and global change. 

Antirequisite(s): Earth Sciences 1022A/B, 1070A/B.

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Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

SyllabusEarth, Environment and Sustainability

Instructor: Alysha McNeil amcnei22@uwo.ca 
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Tuesday / Thursday 9:30-10:30AM in PAB 106
  • Lab: Tuesday 11:30AM-1:30PM OR 3:30-5:30PM in BGS 1015

ES 1083F: Life on Planet Earth - Cam Tsuijita

Concepts of the development of life on Earth. Darwinian evolution and modern concepts of evolution. Genetics and evolution. Mode and rate of evolution. A survey of the vertebrate fossil record with focus on particular groups, including dinosaurs. Major extinction events in the fossil record. Origin of the geological time scale.

Antirequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2265A/B, 2266F/G.

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Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 0.5 course.

SyllabusLife on Planet Earth

 

Instructor: Cam Tsujita ctsujita@uwo.ca BGS 1064 Schedule:

  • Lecture: Monday / Wednesday / Friday 9:30-10:30AM in UCC-56
  • Tutorial: Monday or Friday 10:30-11:30AM in BGS 1015

ES 1086F: Origin and Geology of the Solar System - Elizabeth Webb

Our best perception of the origin of the Universe, the Milky Way Galaxy, and our Solar System, meteorites, asteroids, comets and the formation of planets. The slow growth of Planetary Science reason and analysis of hypotheses. Why and how Earth evolved along a path radically different than the other planets. 
Antirequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2232F/G, Astronomy 2201A/B, 2232F/G, or the former Earth Sciences 2001F/G.
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Extra Information: The equivalent of 3 lecture hours per week. Offered only online (see Western Distance Studies); 0.5 course
Instructor: Elizabeth Webb ewebb5@uwo.ca BGS 0159
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Online

ES 2123A: The Dynamic Earth - Rick Secco

An introduction to the Earth as a large heat engine; topics will focus on large scale dynamic processes that occur in the deep interior (mantle and core convection) and their relation to activity and phenomena on the face of the Earth (tectonic plate motions, plate interactions, earth magnetic field, etc.). 
Antirequisite(s): Earth Sciences 1023A/B.
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Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.
Instructor: Rick Secco secco@uwo.ca BGS 0178
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ES 2130Y: Field Geography and Geology of Southwestern Ontario - Desmond Moser

A field-trip based course exploring the history and patterns of geology, physical landscapes and resources of southwestern Ontario. To be offered in the first half of the Fall semester; four mandatory, full day field excursions supported by a weekly lecture.
Antirequisite(s): Geography 2130Y
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Extra Information: 0.5 course.

Enrolment limited to students registered in the Minor or Major in Earth and Planetary Sciences; recommended to be taken in second year and may not be taken after ES 2250Y. Transportation fee of approximately $60 required. This course does not fulfill the field course requirements for students registered in an Earth Sciences Specialization, Honors Specialization or Professional Program. 

SyllabusField Geography and Geology of Southwestern Ontario

Instructor: Desmond Moser desmond.moser@uwo.ca BGS 1070
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Tuesday 9:30-11:30AM in SSC 3010 (Contact the Department if you are interested in this course)

ES 2200A: Plate Tectonic Theory, Environments and Products

Rock types and their distribution within the Earth's crust are a result of tectonics, including continental rifting, seafloor spreading, subduction, obduction, and orogenic uplift and collapse. Lectures synthesize and explain major rock types in primary and secondary tectonic settings. Laboratories examine rocks and textures in hand specimens. 
Antirequisite(s):
Prerequisite(s): Any 0.5 Earth Sciences course at the 1000 level or registration in a Major, Specialization, Honors Specialization or Professional program in the Faculty of Science or in the Basic Medical Sciences.
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Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.
Instructor: Cam Tsujita ctsujita@uwo.ca BGS 1064 
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Monday / Wednesday 11:30-12:30PM in NCB-114 
  • Labs: Tuesday 2:30-5:30PM OR Wednesday 6-9PM in BGS 1053

ES 2206A: Mineral Systems, Crystallography and Optics - Roberta Flemming

Introduction to mineral chemistry, crystal chemistry and mineral paragenesis, with emphasis on rock-forming minerals and ore minerals. Identification of minerals and mineral properties in hand specimen and thin section.
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Pre-or Corequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2200A/B, or registration in a Materials Science module.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Note: Grade 12 Chemistry or 0.5 course in Chemistry is recommended.

SyllabusMineral Systems

Instructor: Roberta Flemming rflemmin@uwo.ca BGS 0172
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Monday / Wednesday 9:30-10:30AM in PAB 34 
  • Labs: Wednesday 2:30-5:30PM OR Tuesday 6-9PM in BGS 1069

ES 2240F: Catastrophic Events in Earth History - Sean Shieh

Rare events so catastrophic that they leave evidence in the geologic record and threaten life on Earth. Included are impacts by asteroids and comets, eruptions from giant resurgent volcanic calderas, large to mega-earthquakes and associated tsunami, and dramatic reduction of atmospheric oxygen by release of reservoirs of methane hydrate.
Antirequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2241A/B.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year requirements.
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Extra Information: The equivalent of 3 lecture hours per week. Offered only online (see Western Distance Studies),  0.5 course.
Syllabus: Catastropic Events in Earth History
Instructor: Sean Shieh sshieh@uwo.ca BGS 0135
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Online

ES 2260A: Stratigraphy and Sedimentology From Basins to Beds - Guy Plint

Origins of sedimentary grains. Transport processes. Characteristics of the main types of sedimentary basins. Stratigraphic methods, including litho-, allo-, bio-, chrono-, and magneto-stratigraphy. Labs include examination of sedimentary rocks, well-log correlation and seismic stratigraphic analysis. At least one field trip is organized.
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Pre-or Corequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2200A/B.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.
Instructor: Guy Plint gplint@uwo.ca BGS 1072
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday 11:30AM-12:30PM in PAB 117
  • Lab: Monday 2:30-5:30PM in BGS 1015

ES 2265A: Paleobiology and Paleoecology - Shuo Sun

A survey of the fossil record from bacteria, protista, calcareous algae, to invertebrate animals. Topics on each group of fossils include functional morphology, evolutionary trend, ancient living environments, contribution to sediment accumulation and reef-building, utility for dating and correlating rocks and for understanding long-term biodiversity change. 
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Pre-or Corequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2200A/B.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.
Instructor: Shuo Sun ssun224@uwo.ca   
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Monday and Wednesday 10:30-11:30AM in KB-K103
  • Lab: Thursday 2:30-5:30PM OR 6-9PM in BGS 1069

ES 3313A: Igneous Petrology - Audrey Bouvier

Study of igneous processes using rock and thin section descriptions (petrography). Discussion of how different compositions and conditions influence the phases present in a rock (phase equilibria). Association of different rock types with plate tectonic setting. 
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Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2206A/B.
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Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.
Syllabus: Igneous Petrology
Instructor: Audrey Bouvier audrey.bouvier@uwo.ca BGS 1081
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:30PM in PAB 117
  • Lab: Thursday 2:30-5:30PM OR 6-9PM in BGS 1065

ES 3320A: Environmental and Exploration Geophysics II - Karen Assatourians

An advanced 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.
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Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2220A/B.
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Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.
Instructor: Karen Assatourians kassatou@uwo.ca BGS 1012B
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Monday and Wednesday 10:30-11:30AM in MC-17
  • Lab: Wednesday 2:30-5:30PM in BGS 0184

ES 3321A: Physics of the Earth I - Rick Secco

An introduction to physics of the Earth's interior. Major topics are: Earth structure from seismic observations, heat flow, the physics of minerals under high temperatures and pressures, equations of state, seismological, thermal and compositional models. 
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Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2220A/B or the former 2221A/B.
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Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 2 tutorial hour, 0.5 course.
Instructor: Rick Secco secco@uwo.ca BGS 0178
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12:30-1:30PM in STVH-1119
  • Lab: Tuesday 2:30-4:30PM BGS 0184

ES 3340A: Watershed Hydrology - Rob Schincariol

Occurrence, movement, and behavior of water in the hydrologic cycle. The development of quantitative representations of hydrologic processes (e.g., precipitation, evapotranspirtation, runoff, infiltration and unsaturated flow, saturated flow, surface flow). Analysis of stream response hydrographs. Statistical models of predicting flood responses and water resource management. 
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Prerequisite(s): Any 1.0 course equivalent at the 1000 level from Calculus, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, or Statistical Sciences, or the former Linear Algebra 1600A/B.
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Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.
Instructor: Rob Schincariol schincar@uwo.ca BGG 0174
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Wednesday 8:30-10:30AM in BGS 1056
  • Lab: Thursday 9:30-11:30AM OR 11:30AM-1:30PM in BGS 0184

ES 3370A: Metallogeny I: Ore Petrology - Nigel Blamey

A survey course introducing the broad field of mineral deposit geology and the importance of mineral resources. Global theories of ore genesis are considered in deposit classification. Various methods of ore petrology are discussed within the context of specific applications. Laboratory work focuses on reflected light microscopy in the practical study of ore suites. 
Antirequisite(s):
Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2200A/B and 2206A/B.
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Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.
Syllabus: Metallogeny
Instructor: Nigel Blamey nblamey2@uwo.ca BGS 1000D
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Monday and Wednesday 11:30AM-12:30PM in PAB 117
  • Lab: Wednesday 2:30-5:30PM OR 6-9PM in BGS 1065

ES 3372A: Introduction to Petroleum Systems - Burns Cheadle

The study of the fundamental geological components of petroleum systems responsible for oil and natural gas accumulations in sedimentary basins. The fate of organic matter is traced along a path from source rocks, maturation, migration, to reservoir, trap and seal. Labs incorporate use of industry software.
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Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2260A/B.
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Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.
Instructor: Burns Cheadle bcheadle@uwo.ca BGS 1078
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday 8:30-9:30AM in BGS 0153
  • Lab: Friday 10:30AM-1:30PM in BGS 0184

ES 4431A: Stable Isotope Geochemistry in Earth and Environmental Science - Fred Longstaffe

Stable isotopes (O,H,C,S,N), atmosphere, hydrosphere, sedimentary and diagenetic systems, hydrothermal systems, fluid migration, ore-forming fluids, igneous and metamorphic rocks. Environmental applications: groundwater, oceans, wetlands, acid rain; acid mine drainage, climate fluctuation; global cycle modification. Radiogenic isotopes: dating techniques; crust and mantle evolution, environmental tracing. 
Antirequisite(s):
Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2230A/B or 3341A/B or completion of any 2000 level half-course in Chemistry; or registration in the third or fourth year of an Environmental Sciences module; or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.
Instructor: Fred Longstaffe flongsta@uwo.ca BGS 1023
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11:30AM-12:30PM in PAB 150

ES 4450Y: Regional Field Geology - Guy Plint

Field study of the geology of major structural provinces of North America. A ten day field trip at the beginning of September. 
Antirequisite(s):
Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 3350Y and registration in the Honors Specialization in Geology, or the Honors Geology or Honors Environmental Geoscience Programs for Professional Registration, or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: A ten day field course in early September, 0.5 course

Note: Students must inform the Department of their intention to register in the course prior to May 1st and register prior to August 15th. Partial cost of the field course must be borne by the student, and is payable to the Department by May 1st. The cost per student is $345 in 2010, and will increase by $15 every year thereafter.

Instructor: Guy Plint gplint@uwo.ca BGS 1072
Schedule:
  • Field school takes place Sept 1-10, 2017 in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick
  • Student's must sign up by end of April and first deposit is due at the end of May 

ES 4451Z: Geophysical Field Techniques - Sheri Molnar & Gerhard Pratt

An off-campus Geophysical field school providing an introduction to geophysical techniques, including gravity, magnetic, seismic and electromagnetic methods. Classroom lectures, with accompanying outdoor sessions and field exercises. Offered in co-operation with other Universities, with participation from geophysical contractors. The course meets professional registration requirements for Field Techniques (Geophysics).
Antirequisite(s): The former Earth Sciences 4451Y.
Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2220A/B or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: A ten day field course in early September, 0.5 course.

Note:  Students must inform the Department of their intention to register in the course prior to May 1st, and register prior to August 15th. The field course is subsidized by the department. Students will pay $650 in 2014, payable by May 1st. The cost may increase by $25 every year thereafter.

Instructor: Sheri Molnar smolnar8@uwo.ca BGS 1040 and Gerhard Pratt gpratt2@uwo.ca BGS 1045
Schedule:
  • Field school takes place Aug 27-Sept 6, 2017

ES 4452Z: International Geoscience Field Experience - Neil Banerjee

A research-level field course to globally significant international or Canadian geological type localities. Students will gain practical field experience through the collection, analysis, and presentation of primary geological and geophysical field data. Lectures/ seminars/ practical exercises will emphasize the interaction between the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the Earth system.
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Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2250Y and registration in year 4 of a Specialization, Honors Specialization or Professional Program offered by the Department of Earth Sciences with a minimum cumulative average of 70%.
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Extra Information: A 10 to 14 day field course typically held in April/May although it may be offered at other times of the year given the weather in international locations, 0.5 course.

Note: Students must register prior to the September "Add" deadline for full year courses (see Undergraduate Sessional Dates). Registration in the course is conditional and competitive as course costs are largely covered by external funds raised by the department just prior to departure. A committee will adjudicate students on the basis of grades in program courses, a vision statement submitted as part of the application process, and demonstrated interest in field studies. Course may not be used towards minimum graduation requirements. Students who are not successful will have the course dropped from their record; normal drop dates do not apply to this course. Students are expected to contribute toward the cost of accommodation, food, and miscellaneous expenses.

Instructor: Neil Banerjee neil.banerjee@uwo.ca BGS 0159  
Schedule:
  • Field school takes place February over reading week
  • Students must sign up by Sept 18, 2017.
  • Location: Colombia 2018

ES 4460A: Sedimentology of Clastic and Carbonaceous Rocks - Guy Plint

An overview of the principal depositional environments of clastic and carbonate rocks, with emphasis on the recognition and interpretation of sedimentary facies and facies successions. Field and laboratory exercises involving outcrop and subsurface data will be used to integrate facies analysis with sequence stratigraphy. 
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Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2260A/B and Earth Sciences 3314A/B; or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.
Instructor: Guy Plint gplint@uwo.ca BGS 1072
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:30AM in STVH-3101 
  • Lab: Tuesday 2:30-5:30PM in BGS 1065

ES 4462A: Glacial and Quaternary Geology - Bethany Dean

The last 2 million years of Earth history. Glacial-interglacial cycles, global sea level and climate changes, and their causes. Extent and dynamics of North American Pliestocene ice sheets. Dating methods, Quaternary resources, waste disposal, air photo interpretation and surficial mapping. Laboratory exercises, field project, field trip. 
Antirequisite(s):
Prerequisite(s): 0.5 course from Earth Sciences 2260A/B, 3314A/B, Geography 2330A/B, 3333A/B, 3334A/B, 3350A/B, the former 3331A/B, 3332A/B, or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 seminar/laboratory hours, 0.5 course.
Instructor: Bethany Dean bdean8@uwo.ca 
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Monday and Wednesday 10:30-11:30AM in PAB 117
  • Lab: Wednesday 2:30-5:30PM in BGS 1053

ES 4490E - Senior Thesis - Dazhi Jiang

A presentation of research on a chosen problem. Original data must be generated from field or laboratory studies and analyzed using appropriate methodologies. The results must be integrated into the existing literature on the topic. Independence in the conduct and reporting of research must be demonstrated. 
Antirequisite(s):
Prerequisite(s): Registration in year 4 of a Specialization, Honors Specialization or Professional Program offered by the Department of Earth Sciences, or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 1 lecture hour, 1.0 course.
Syllabus: Senior Thesis 
Instructor: Dazhi Jiang djiang3@uwo.ca BGS 0176
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Tuesday 1:30-2:30PM in BGS 1084