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Laurent Godin, PhD

Associate Professor, Structural Geology & Tectonics

Office: Bruce 523
Phone: 613-533-3223
Email: godinl@queensu.ca
Website: http://geol.queensu.ca/faculty/fac-godin/Laurent_Godin/Introduction.html



Laurent Godin has been a faculty at Queen’s since 2003. He was previously an Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University (BC) where he currently holds Adjunct Professorship status, and a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at Oxford University (UK). He obtained his PhD from Carleton University in 1999.

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-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 of northern Quebec, and application of structural geology to mineral exploration programs.

Research Interests/Current Research

  • Structural geology and continental tectonics
  • Evolution of orogenic belts / Himalayan tectonics
  • Centrifuge analogue modelling
  • U-Pb geochronology
  • 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology
  • Seismicity of continental interiors

Supervising Information

    • Zoe Bradon (MSc; 2013-in progress): The Main Central thrust, from hinterland to foreland, West Nepal Himalaya
    • Rohanna Gibson (MSc; 2012-in progress): Orogen-parallel strain variation along the Himalayan metamorphic core, Nepal
    • Bertha Louis (Dalhousie) (MSc; 2012-in progress): Low temperature evolution of the Sushwap metamorphic complex, Canadian Cordillera (Co-supervised by Dr. I. Coutand at Dalhousie)
    • Vincent Twomey (SFU) (MSc; 2011- in progress): Strain partitioning along the Okanagan Eagle River shear zone, BC (Co-supervised by Dr. D. Gibson at SFU)
    • Lindsay Waffle (MSc; 2012-in progress): Effects of basement ridges on orogen-parallel strain partitioning: A case study of the Faizabad ridge in Northern India using centrifuge analogue modeling (Co-supervised by Dr. L. Harris at INRS)
    • Renaud Soucy La Roche (PhD; 2013-in progress): Tectonic evolution of the Dadeldhura Nappe, western Nepal Himalaya

      Professional Associations

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

      Publications (since 2008; students underlined)

      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[Cover illustration]  

      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, doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrmms.2012.10.005 

      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. Centrifuge simulation of regional shortening followed by channel flow induced collapse: a new mechanism for Neoarchean granite-greenstone tectonics? Precambrian Research , v. 212-213, p.139–154, doi :10.1016/j.precamres.2012.04.022.  

      Larson, K. P.,Cottle, J., and Godin, L., 2011. Petrochronologic record of metamorphism and melting the upper  Greater Himalayan sequence, Manaslu-Himal Chuli Himalaya, west-central Nepal. Lithosphere, v. 3, p. 379-392. doi:10.1130/L149.1.

      Godin, L., Yakymchuk, C., and, Harris, L., 2011. Himalayan hinterland-verging superstructure folds related to foreland-directed infrastructure plastic flow: insights from centrifuge analogue modelling. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 33, p. 329-342, doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2010.09.005.  

      Najman, Y., Appel, E., Boudagher-Fadel, Brown, M., Carter, A., Godin, L., Oliver, G. and Parrish, R. R., 2010. The timing of India-Asia collision: geological, biostratigraphic and palaeomagnetic constraints. Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 115, B12416, doi:10.1029/2010JB007673.

      Baird, A., McKinnon, S., and Godin, L., 2010. Relationship between structures, stress and seismicity in the Charlevoix seismic zone revealed by 3-D geomechanical models: Implications for the seismotectonics of continental interior.Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 115, B11402, doi:10.1029/2010JB007521.

      Larson, K. P.,Godin, L., Davis, W. J., and Davis, D. W., 2010. Out-of-sequence deformation and expansion of the Himalayan orogenic wedge: insight from the Changgo culmination, south-central Tibet. Tectonics, v. 29, TC4013, 30 pp., doi:10.1029/2008TC002393. ** Winner of the 2011 Jack Henderson Best Paper award, given by the Structural Geology & Tectonics Division of the Geological Association of Canada **

      Larson, K. P.,Godin, L., and Price, R. A., 2010.Kinematic compatibility in orogens: Linking the Himalayan foreland and hinterland in central Nepal.  Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 122, p. 1116-1134, doi:10.1130/B30073.1.

      Baird, A., McKinnon, S., and Godin, L., 2009. Stress channeling and seismicity partitioning in the Charlevoix seismic zone. Geophysical Journal International, v. 179, 559-568. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04275.x.  

      Sarkarinejad, K., Godin, L., and Faghih, A., 2009. Kinematic vorticity flow analysis and 40Ar/39Ar geochronology related to inclined extrusion of the HP-LT metamorphic rocks along the Zagros accretionary prism, Iran. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 31, p. 691-706, doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2009.04.003.

      Kellett, D. and Godin, L. , 2009. Pre-Miocene deformation of the Himalayan superstructure, Hidden valley,central Nepal: Journal of the Geological Society of London, v. 166, no. 3. Doi: 10.1144/0016-76492008-097.

      David, J., Godin, L., Stevenson, R., O’Neil, J., and Francis, D., 2009. U-Pb ages (3.8-2.7 Ga) and Nd isotope data from the newly-identified Eoarchean Nuvvuagittuq supracrustal sequence, Superior Craton, Canada: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 121, p. 150-163.  

      Larson, K. P. and Godin, L., 2009. Kinematics of the Himalayan infrastructure: implications for the structural framework of central Nepal Himalaya. Journal of the Geological Society of London, v. 166, no. 1. Doi: 10.1144/0016-76492007-180.

      Searle, M. P., Law, R. D., Godin, L., Larson, K. P., Streule, M. J., Cottle, J. M., and Jessup, M. J., 2008. Defining the Himalayan Main Central thrust in Nepal. Journal of the Geological Society, London, v. 165, 523-534.