Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
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Laurent Godin, PhD

Professor, Structural Geology & Tectonics

Office: Bruce 523
Phone: 613-533-3223
Fax 613-533-6592

Professor Laurent Godin was a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at Oxford University (UK) then an Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University (BC), before coming to Queen’s in 2003. He currently holds Adjunct Professorship status at both Dalhousie University and Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Godin specializes in structural geology and continental tectonics, with a special focus on the evolution of orogenic belts, namely the Himalayan-Tibet system where he has been actively working since 1994. He is also interested by the application of centrifuge analogue modelling, U-Th/Pb geochronology, and 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology to continental tectonics. In addition to mountain belt research, he is involved in projects focusing on seismicity and stress partitioning in continental interiors, investigation of Early Archean geology, and application of structural geology to mineral exploration programs.

Supervising Information

  • Zoe Braden (PhD; 2015-in progress): Evolving hinterland-to-foreland transition in two contrasting orogenic systems: The Himalayan and Variscan orogens
  • Mark Ahenda (MSc; 2016-in progress): Early Cenozoic evolution of the Gurla Mandhata core complex, NW Nepal Himalaya
  • Michael Duvall, U. Alberta (MSc; 2017-in progress): Lateral variations in the configuration of the Himalayan foreland basin, western Nepal (co-supervised with J. Waldron)
  • Alison Martin (MSc; 2018-in progress): Tectonic evolution of the eastern edge of the Gurla Mandhata complex, Chuwa Khola, NW Nepal Himalaya

Research Interests/Current Research

  • Structural geology and continental tectonics
  • Evolution of orogenic belts / Himalayan tectonics
  • Centrifuge analogue modelling
  • U-Pb geochronology
  • Ar/39Ar thermochronology
  • Seismicity of continental interiors

Professional Associations

  • Geological Association of Canada
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Geological Society of America

Publications (since 2012; students underlined)

Braden, Z., Godin, L., Cottle, J., and Yakymchuk, C., 2018. Renewed late Miocene (<8 Ma) hinterland ductile thrusting, western Nepal Himalaya. Geology.

Soucy La Roche, R., Godin, L., Cottle, J., and Kellett, D., 2018. Preservation of the early evolution of the Himalayan middle crust in foreland klippen: insights from the Karnali klippe, west Nepal. Tectonics. DOI: 10.1002/2017TC004847.

Godin, L., Soucy La Roche, R.Waffle, L., and Harris, L. B., 2018. Influence of inherited Indian basement faults on the evolution of the Himalayan orogen. In Crustal Architecture and Evolution of the Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet Orogen. R. Sharma, I. M. Villa, & S. Kumar, (eds.), Geological Society, London, Special Publication 481.

Ma, S., Kellett, D.A., and Godin, L., 2018. Structural style and timing of deformation on the Bathurst Fault (eastern Slave craton): Implications for basement fault-controlled fluid pathways; in Targeted Geoscience Initiative – 2017 Report of Activities, (ed.) N. Rogers; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File XXXX, p. xxx-xxx. doi:10.4095/xxxxx

Soucy La Roche, R., Godin, L., and Crowley, J.L. 2017. Reappraisal of emplacement models for Himalayan external crystalline nappes: the Jajarkot klippe, western Nepal. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 130 (5-6), p. 1041-1056. DOI: 10.1130/B31799.1.

Tschirhart, V.L., Potter, E.G., Kellett, D.A., Ma, S., Godin, L., Pana, D., and Atkinson, N., 2017. Fingerprinting fertile fluid corridors in the formation of unconformity-related deposits using non-traditional isotopes; in Targeted Geoscience Initiative – 2016 Report of Activities, (ed.) N. Rogers; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8199, p. 91-93. doi:10.4095/299573.

Dalrymple, R. W. and Godin, L. 2017.Measuring paleocurent directions and fracture orientations in core. Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 87, p. 517-522

Braden, Z., Godin, L., and Cottle, J. 2017. Segmentation and rejuvenation of the Greater Himalayan sequence in western Nepal revealed by in-situ U-Th/Pb monazite petrochronology.Lithos, v. 284-285, p. 751-765.

Najman, Y., Jenks, D., Godin, L., Parrish, R., Hortswood, M., Green, O., Bown, P., Garzzanti, E., and Willems, H., 2017. The Tethyan Himalayan detrital record shows that India–Asia terminal collision occurred by 54 Ma in the Western Himalaya. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 459, p. 301-310.

Kellett, D. A. & Godin, L., 2016. GAC/MAC 2017Field trips Summary: Back to where it began. Geoscience Canada, no.12, v. 43, p. 287-289.

Soucy La Roche, R., Godin, L., Cottle, J. and Kellet, D. 2016. Direct shear fabric dating constrains Early Oligocene onset of the South Tibetan Detachment in the western Nepal Himalaya. Geology, v. 44, p. 403-406.

Waffle, L., Godin, L., and Harris, L. B., 2016. Rheology and physical characteristics of materials for crustal-scaled centrifuge analogue modelling.Journal of Structural Geology, v. 86, p. 181-199.

Gibson, R., Godin, L., Kellett, D., Cottle, J., and Archibald, D., 2016. Diachronous deformation along the base of the Himalayan metamorphic core, west-central Nepal. Geological Society of America Bulletin (in press).

Nagy, C., Godin, L., Antolín, B., Cottle, J., and Archibald, D., 2015. Mid-Miocene initiation of orogen-parallel extension, NW Nepal Himalaya. Lithosphere, v. 7, p. 483-502.

Dieng, S., Kyser, K., and Godin, L., 2015. Genesis of Multifarious Uranium Mineralization in the Beaverlodge Area, Northern Saskatchewan, Canada. Economic Geology<, v. 110(1), p. 209-240.

Carosi, R., Gemignanni, L., Godin, L., Iaccarino, S., Larson, K., Montomoli, C. and Rai, S. 2014. A geological journey through the deepest gorge on Earth: the Kali Gandaki valley section, central Nepal. In: (Eds.) Chiara Montomoli, Rodolfo Carosi, Rick Law, Sandeep Singh, and Santa Man Rai, Geological field trips in the Himalaya, Kar­akoram and Tibet, Journal of the Virtual Explorer, Electronic Edition, ISSN 1441-8142, volume 47, paper 7.

Godin, L. and Harris, L. B., 2014.> Tracking basement cross-strike discontinuities within the subducted Indian crust beneath the Himalayan orogen using gravity data - relationship to upper crustal faults. Geophysical Journal International, v. 198, 198-215. doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu131.

Antolin, B., Godin, L.,  Wemmer, K., and Nagy, C., 2013. Kinematics of the Dadeldhura klippe shear zones (W Nepal): Implications for the foreland evolution of the Himalayan metamorphic core. Terra Nova, v. 25, p. 282–291.

Snelling, P.E, Godin, L., and McKinnon, S.M., 2013. The Influences of Stress and Structure on Mining-induced Seismicity in the Vale Inco Creighton Mine, Sudbury, Canada. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Science, v. 58, p. 166-179,

Dieng, S., Kyser, K., and Godin, L., 2013. Tectonic History of the North American Shield recorded in uranium deposits in the Beaverlodge area, northern Saskatchewan, Canada. Precambrian Research. v. 224, p. 316-340, doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2012.09.011.

Yakymchuk, C., Harris, L., and Godin, L., 2012. Centrifuge modelling of deformation of a multi-layered sequence over a ductile substrate: 1. Style and 4D geometry of active cover folds during layer-parallel shortening. International Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 101, p. 463-482, doi: 10.1007/s00531-011-0682-y.

Harris, L., Yakymchuk, C., and Godin, L., 2012. Implications of centrifuge simulations of channel flow for opening out or destruction of folds. Tectonophysics, v. 526-529, p.  67-87, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2011.05.002.

Yakymchuk, C., and Godin, L., 2012. Coupled role of deformation and metamorphism in the construction of inverted metamorphic sequences: an example from far-northwest Nepal. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, v. 30, p. 513-535, doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1314.2012.00979.x.

Harris, L. B., Godin, L., and Yakymchuk, C., 2012. Regional shortening followed by channel flow induced collapse: a new mechanism for “dome and keel” geometries in Neoarchaean granite-greenstone terrains.Precambrian Research, v. 212-213, p.139–154, doi :10.1016/j.precamres.2012.04.022.