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

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.


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