Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

photo of D ArchibaldDouglas Archibald

Office:  Bruce Wing B432
Phone: 613-533-6768


Dr. Doug Archibald runs the Ar-Ar Laboratory housed in Bruce Wing of Miller Hall (B434) and has a long-standing interest in applying geochronology and thermochronology to problems in the general fields of regional tectonics and ore deposits.

For many years, he has taught Geological Field Methods (GEOE/GEOL 221), been involved in the Geological Field School (GEOE/GEOL 300) held in the eastern townships of Quebec, and supervised or co-supervised B.Sc. theses (GEOL543) and 4th-year geological engineering design projects (GEOE 446/447).

Research Interests/Current Research

Research interests include the application of Ar-Ar geochronology to problems in regional tectonics, Precambrian geology and ore deposit geology. Current research is focussed on the tectonothermal history of the Kootenay Arc in SE British Columbia.


- Ph.D., Geological Sciences, Queen's University, 1983:

Geochronology and tectonic implications of magmatism and metamorphism, southern Kootenay Arc and neighbouring regions, southeastern British Columbia.

- M.Sc., Geological Sciences, Queen's University, 1975:

The K-Ar geochronology of the Bay of Islands Complex, western Newfoundland.

- B.Sc., Geology, University of Toronto, 1971


Co-winner of the Hawley Medal (2003), Mineralogical Association of Canada, for best paper in Canadian Mineralogist (2002)

Refereed Publications from Selected Collaborative Studies

Kontak, D.J., Horne,R.J, Creaser, R.A., Petrus,J.A., and Archibald, D.A. (2013, In press) A petrological and geochronological study of a 360 Ma metallogenetic event in Maritime Canada with implications for lithophile-metal mineralization in the Canadian Appalachians. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, MS#2013-0019.

Cubley, J.F., Pattison, D.R.M., Archibald, D.A., and Jolivet, M. (2013)  Thermochronological constraints on the Eocene exhumation of the Grand Forks complex, British Columbia, based on 40Ar/39Ar and apatite fission track geochronology. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 50, p. 576-598.

Cheilletz, A., Gasquet,  D., Filali, F., Archibald, D.A. and Nespolo, M (2010) A Late Triassic 40Ar/39Ar Age for the El Hammam high-REE fluorite deposit (Morocco): Mineralisation related to the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province?  Mineralium Deposita, 45, p.323-329.

Warren, I, Archibald, D.A., and, Simmons, S.F. (2008) Geochronology of epithermal Au-Ag mineralization, magmatic-hydrothermal alteration, and supergene weathering in the El Peñón district, northern Chile, Econ. Geol., 103#4, p. 118-124.

Grammatikopoulos, T.A., Clark, A.H., and Archibald, D.A. (2007) Petrogenesis of the Leo Lake and Lyndhurst plutons, Frontenac terrane, Central Metasedimentary Belt, SE Ontario, Canada.  Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 44, p. 107-126.

Nixon, G.T., Friedman, R.M., Archibald, D.A., Orchard, M.J., Tozer, E.T. (2007)  40Ar/39Ar  and U-Pb age constraints on the Triassic-Jurassic and Norian-Rhaetian boundaries, Northern Vancouver Island, Canada. in: Lucas, S.G. and Spielmann, J.A., eds., (2007) The Global Triassic, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Sciences, Bulletin 41.

Larson, K.P, Price, R.A., and Archibald, D.A. (2006) Tectonic implications of 40Ar/39Ar muscovite dates from the Mt. Haley stock and Lussier River stock, near Fort Steele, British Columbia.   Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 43, p. 1673-1684.

Frikken, P.H., Cooke, D.R., Walshe, J.L., and Archibald, D.A. (2005) Mineralogical and isotopic zonation in the sur-sur tourmaline breccia, Rio Blanco-Los Bronces Cu-Mo deposit, Chile: Implications for ore genesis. Economic Geology, 100, p. 935-961.

Grammatikopoulos, T.A., Clark, A.H., Pearce, T.H., and Archibald, D.A. (2005) Genesis of the Olden wollastonite skarn, Sharbot Lake domain, Grenvillian Central Metasedimentary Belt, SE Ontario, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 42, p. 1401-1417.

Adams, M.G., Lentz, D.R., Shaw, C.S.J, Williams, P.F., and, Archibald, D.A. , and Cousens, B. (2005) Eocene shoshonitic mafic dykes intruding the , Monashee complex, B.C.: A petrogenetic relationship with the Kamloops Group volcanic sequence?. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 42, p. 11-24.

Mihalynuk, M.G., Erdmer, P., Ghent, E.D., Cordey, F., Archibald, D.A., Friedman, R.M., and Johannson, G.G.  (2004) Coherent French Range blueschist: Subduction to exhumation  in <2.5 m.y.?  Geological Society of America Bulletin, 116, p. 910-922.

Bailey, J., LaFrance, B., McDonald, A.M., Fedorowich, J.S., Kamo, S., and Archibald, D.A. (2004) Mazatzal-Labradorian-age (1.7-1.6 Ga) ductile deformation of the South Range Sudbury impact structure at the Thayer Lindsley mine, Ontario. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 41, p. 1491-1505.

Masterman, G.J., Cooke, D.R., Berry, R.F., Clark, A.H., Archibald, D.A., Mathur, R., Walshe, J.L., and, Duran, M. (2004) Emplacement, alteration and mineralisation history of copper-molybdenum porphyry deposits and related copper-silver high sulfidation epithermal mineralisation in the Collahuasi District, northern Chile. Economic Geology, 99, p. 673-690.

Kontak, D.J., Dostal, J., Kyser, T.K., and Archibald, D.A. (2002) A petrological, geochemical, isotopic and fluid-inclusion study of 370 Ma pegmatite-aplite sheets, Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada. Canadian Mineralogist, 40, p.1249-1286.

Kontak, D.J., and Archibald, D.A. (2002) 40Ar/39Ar dating of hydrothermal biotite from high-grade gold mineralization, Tangier gold deposit, Nova Scotia: Further evidence for 370 Ma gold metallogeny in the Meguma Terrane  Economic Geology, 97, p. 619-628.

Cheilletz, A., Levresse, G., Gasquet, D., Samir, M.R.A., Zyadi, R., Archibald, D.A., and Farrar, E. (2002 The giant Imiter silver deposit: Neoproterozoic epithermal mineralization in the Anti-Atlas, Morocco. Mineralium Deposita, 37, p.772-781.

Kontak, D.J., Jensen, S., Dostal, J., Archibald, D.A., and Kyser, K. (2001) A geochronological and petrological study of a Cretaceous mafic dyke swarm, Peary Land, northern Greenland. Canadian Mineralogist, 39, p. 997-1020.

Digonnet, S., Goulet, N., Bourne, J., Stevenson, R., and Archibald, D.A. (2000)  Petrology of the Abloviak aillikite dykes, New Quebec: evidence for a Cambrian diamondiferous alkaline province in northeastern North America.  Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 37, p. 517-533.

Colpron, M., Price, R.A., and Archibald, D.A.  (1999) 40Ar/39Ar thermochronometric constraints on the tectonic evolution of the Clachnacudainn complex, SE British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 36, p. 1989-2006.