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-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

  • Renaud Soucy La Roche (PhD; 2014-in progress): Tectonic evolution of the Karnali and Jajarkot klippen, western Nepal Himalaya
  • Zoe Braden (PhD; 2015-in progress): Evolving hinterland-to-foreland transition in two contrasting orogenic systems: The Himalayan and Variscan orogens
  • Svieda Ma (MSc; 2016-in progress): Strain history of the Bathurst fault, NWT, Canada
  • Mark Ahenda (MSc; 2016-in progress): Early Cenozoic evolution of the Gurla Mandhata core complex, NW Nepal Himalaya

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

Professional Associations

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

Publications (since 2009; students underlined)

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., Harris, L. B., and Kontopoulou, M. 2016. Rheological and physical characteristics of crustal-scaled materials for 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 strike of the central Himalayan lower metamorphic core. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 128, no. 5-6, p. 860-878.

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. 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.