Winter 2019

ES 1022B: Earth Rocks! - Sheri Molnar

Instructor: Sheri Molnar smolnar8@uwo.ca BGS 1040
OfferedLecture: Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:30AM Labs: See Western Timetable

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, Earth Sciences 1081A/B.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

 Course Outline: Earth Rocks!

ES 1023B: Planet Earth: Shaken & Stirred - Rick Secco

Instructor: Rick Secco secco@uwo.ca BGS 0178
OfferedLecture: Monday/Wednesday 12:30-1:30PM Lab: See Western Timetable

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

 Course Outline: Planet Earth: Shaken & Stirred

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

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

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, Earth Sciences 1081A/B.
Extra Information: Only available online, 0.5 course. Purchase of Rock and Mineral Kit required.

 Course OutlineIntroduction to the Geology & Resources of Earth

ES 1086G: Origin and Geology of the Solar System - Gerhard Pratt

Instructor: Gerhard Pratt gpratt2@uwo.ca BGS 1045
OfferedOnline

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.
Extra Information: The equivalent of 3 lecture hours per week. Offered only online (see Western Distance Studies); 0.5 course

ES 1089G: Earth, Art & Culture - Cam Tsujita

Instructor: Cam Tsujita ctsujita@uwo.ca BGS 1064
OfferedLecture: Monday 10:30AM-12:30PM and Wednesday 11:30AM-12:30PM 

An examination of Earth materials used over the history of human culture. Topics include: Earth materials as media in the Visual Arts (pigments, stone and clay); rocks, minerals and fossils as motifs in famous works of art; landscape photography; gemstones and jewelery; earth materials in wine and cuisine, and modern technology. 

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

 Course OutlineEarth, Art & Culture

ES 2123B: Dynamic Earth - Rick Secco

Instructor: Rick Secco secco@uwo.ca BGS 0178
OfferedLecture: Monday/Wednesday 12:30-1:30PM Lab: Tuesday 6-8PM in BGS 1053 or Wednesday 2:30-4:30PM in BGS 1053

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

 Course OutlineThe Dynamic Earth

ES 2201B: Structural Geology - Dazhi Jiang

Instructor: Dazhi Jiang djiang3@uwo.ca BGS 0176
Offered: Lecture: Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:30AM Lab: Monday 2:30-5:30PM in BGS 1015 OR Monday 6-9PM in BGS 1015

Deformation of Earth's crust; description of geological structures; construction and interpretation of geologic maps, cross sections and block diagrams; stereographic and orthographic representation of structural data; mechanical behavior of rocks; origin and tectonic significance of geological structures. 

Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2200A/B.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.
Note: Grade 12 Physics or 0.5 course in first year Physics is recommended before taking this course.

 Course Outline: Structural Geology

ES 2220B: Environmental & Exploration Geophysics I - Robert Shcherbakov

Instructor: Robert Shcherbakov rshcherb@uwo.ca BGS 1080
OfferedLecture: Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-1:30PM Labs Tuesday 2:30-5:30PM in BGS 0184 or Thursday 6-9PM in BGS 0184

A brief introduction to applied seismology – the investigation of Earth structure using sound waves in rocks. Topics include: seismic reflection methods, a cornerstone of oil and gas exploration; seismic refraction methods; earthquake seismology. This lab-oriented course will provide hands-on experience with computers and analysis of large digital data sets. 

Prerequisite(s):  0.5 course from Calculus 1000A/B, the former Calculus 1100A/B, or Calculus 1500A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

 Course Outline: Environmental & Exploration Geophysics I

ES 2222B: Data Analysis and Signal Processing in Earth Sciences - Katsu Goda

Instructor: Katsu Goda kgoda2@uwo.ca BGS 1076
Offered: Monday and Wednesday 11:30AM-12:30PM (lecture) and Tuesday 6-9PM (lab) in BGS 0184

An introduction to data analysis and visualization techniques, including: data types and transformation, statistical methods to characterize uni- to multi-variate data, spatial data and interpolative mapping, time series and Fourier transformation, and signal processing. Earth science applications will be emphasized. Includes MATLAB basics for data and time-series analysis and visualization.

Anti-requisite(s): Computer Science 2034A/B, Computer Science 2035A/B.
Prerequisite(s): Applied Mathematics 1413 (1.0 course and no other pre-or co-requisite required); or 0.5 course from Calculus 1000A/B,Calculus 1500A/B, the former Calculus 1100A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours.

 Course Outline: Data Analysis and Signal Processing

ES 2230B: Introduction to Geochemistry - Neil Banerjee

Instructor: Neil Banerjee nbanerj3@uwo.ca BGS 0166
OfferedLecture: Monday/Wednesday 12:30-1:30PM Lab: Thursday 2:30-5:30PM in BGS 0184

Effects of temperature, pressure and bulk composition on stabilities of minerals in natural geological settings are evaluated using thermodynamic principles. Reaction rates among minerals and fluids, including the effects of natural catalysts and inhibitors, and biotic mediation are addressed. Introduction to the principles of radioisotope and stable isotope geochemistry. 

Prerequisite(s):  Chemistry 1301A/B or the former Chemistry 1100A/B, and Earth Sciences 2200A/B or permission of the Department.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

 Course OutlineIntroduction to Geochemistry

ES 2232G: Exploring the Planets - Nigel Blamey

Instructor: Nigel Blamey nblamey@uwo.ca BGS 1000D
OfferedOnline

An introduction to planetary science and the exciting frontier of space exploration; emphasis is placed on the processes shaping the planets and moons of the Solar System and how this relates to the evolution of Earth, the Solar System, and life; attention paid to current results from planetary exploration missions.

Antirequisite(s): Astronomy 2201A/B, Astronomy 2232F/G, the former Planetary Science 3380A/B, and the former Earth Sciences 2001F/G.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

 Course Outline: Exploring the Planets

ES 2240G: Catastrophic Events in Earth History - Liz Webb

Instructor: Elizabeth Webb ewebb5@uwo.ca BGS 0168
OfferedOnline

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.
Extra Information: The equivalent of 3 lecture hours per week. Offered only online (see Western Distance Studies),  0.5 course.

 Course OutlineCatastrophic Events in Earth History

ES 2266G: Dinosaur and Other Vertebrate Evolution - Stephanie Mabee

Instructor: Stephanie Mabee smabee2@uwo.ca 
OfferedMonday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30-10:30AM 

Introduction to the fossil record that documents the major steps in vertebrate evolution, including the origin and radiation of fishes, amphibians, mammal-like reptiles, dinosaurs, birds, and mammals.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of first-year requirements, and registration in an Earth Sciences, Biology, Anthropology, or Kinesiology module.
Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

 Course OutlineDinosaur & Other Vertebrate Evolution

ES 2281B: Geology for Engineers - Rob Schincariol

Instructor: Rob Schincariol schincar@uwo.ca BGS 0174
OfferedLecture: Tuesday 9:30-11:30AM Lab: Wednesday 2:30-5:30PM in BGS 1015 OR Thursday 8:30-11:30AM in BGS 1015

Introduction to physical geology with emphasis on the engineering oriented aspects of the Earth Sciences. Topics include: minerals and rocks; mass movements; interpretation of aerial photographs, topographic and geologic maps; surficial processes and their manifestations; surface and ground water; structural geology and subsurface processes; and earth resources. 

Antirequisite(s):  Earth Sciences 1022A/B, Earth Sciences 1023A/B, Earth Sciences 1070A/B, Earth Sciences 1081A/B, Earth Sciences 2123A/B.
Prerequisite(s): Registration in second, third, or fourth year Civil and Environmental Engineering; or permission of the Department.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

 Course Outline: Geology for Engineers

ES 3001B: Astrobiology - Josh Hedgepeth

Instructor: Josh Hedgepeth jhedgepe@uwo.ca
OfferedLecture: Tuesday and Thursday 1:30-2:30PM Lab: Thursday 2:30-4:30PM in SSC 1032

The study of life in the universe, including the origin of life on Earth, the possibility of life elsewhere in the solar system/universe, and the future of human life off-Earth. This course will include topics that draw from biology, physics, astronomy, geology, chemistry, and other areas.

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course(s) from any of Chemistry, Biology, or Physics at the 1000 level.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

 Course Outline: Astrobiology

ES 3314B: Sedimentary Petrology - Carolyn Hill

Instructor: Carolyn Hill chill59@uwo.ca 
OfferedLecture: Monday and Wednesday 11:30AM-12:30PM Lab: Monday 6-9PM in BGS 1065 OR Wednesday 2:30-5:30PM in BGS 1065

Identification and description of various types of siliciclastic and carbonate rocks; the important characteristics of sedimentary rocks and their key sedimentary features for interpretation of present and ancient despositional environments; survey of diagenetic processes that alter original properties of primary sediments. 

Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2200A/BEarth Sciences 2206A/B.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

 Course Outline: Sedimentary Petrology

ES 3315B: Metamorphic Petrology - Des Moser

Instructor: Desmond Moser desmond.moser@uwo.ca BGS 1070
Offered: Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:30AM Lab: Tuesday 2:30-5:30PM in BGS 1065

Study of metamorphic processes using rock and thin section descriptions (petrography). Discussion of factors that control the mineralogy and physical attributes of different metamorphic rocks (e.g., temperature, pressure, composition, fluids). Use of phase equilibria and geochronology to understand metamorphic histories. Association of different rock types with plate tectonic setting.

Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2230A/B and Earth Sciences 3313A/B or permission of the Department.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours.

 Course Outline: Metamorphic Petrology

ES 4421B: Physics of the Earth II - Robert Shcherbakov

Instructor: Robert Shcherbakov rshcherb@uwo.ca BGS 1080
OfferedSection 001 Lecture: Tuesday 9:30-11:30AM and Thursday 10:30-11:30AM. Section 650 Lecture: Online 

Advanced topics in the physics of the Earth and planets including: magnetism; paleomagnetism and the geomagnetic timescale; radioactivity, radioactive dating and Earth’s age; elasticity and flexure of plates; principles of continuum mechanics; elastic properties of the Earth’s lithosphere; principles of isostasy; rheology of rocks; shape and rotation of the Earth.

Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 3321A/B.
Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

 Course Outline: Physics of the Earth II

*Crosslisted with Graduate Course GGEOP 9530B

ES 4423B: Applied Seismology - Sheri Molnar

Instructor: Sheri Molnar smolnar8@uwo.ca BGS 1040
OfferedLecture: Monday and Wednesday 10:30AM-11:30PM Lab: Wednesday 2:30-5:30PM BGS 0184

This course provides an advanced overview of seismic hazard analysis for
earthquake engineering purposes including strong motion seismology, earthquake site response and
earthquake site classification techniques. Students will assess earthquake site amplification from
empirical earthquake recordings, numerical simulations, and evaluation of case studies worldwide.
Various software programs will be used to extract site characterization information and model
predictions of earthquake site amplification.

Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2220A/B, 2222A/B; Calculus 2303A/B or 2503A/B.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

 Course Outline: Applied Seismology
*Crosslisted with Graduate Course GGEOP 9508B

ES 4440B: Hydrogeology: Principles, Processes, and Professional Practice - Rob Schincariol

Instructor: Rob Schincariol schincar@uwo.ca BGS 0174
OfferedLecture: Monday 9:30-11:30AM Lab: Monday 2:30-4:30PM in BGS 0184

Occurrence, distribution, movement, chemistry and composition of ground water as a function of the geological environment; water quality and ground water contamination; collection and evaluation of hydrogeologic data; modelling ground-water flow and advective transport; case histories. 

Prerequisite(s):  Earth Sciences 3340A/B, or Civil and Environmental Engineering 3321A/B and Civil and Environmental Engineering 3322A/B, or the former Civil and Environmental Engineering 3326, or 80% in Geography 3342A/B, or permission of the Department.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

 Course Outline: Hydrogeology

*Crosslisted with Graduate Course GGEOL 9540B

ES 4490E: Senior Thesis - Robert Shcherbakov

Instructor: Robert Shcherbakov rshcherb@uwo.ca BGS 1080
OfferedLecture: Monday 1:30-2:30PM in BGS 1084

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. 

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.
Extra Information: 1 lecture hour, 1.0 course.

 Course Outline: Senior Thesis