DEPARTMENT OF

Geological Sciences and

Geological Engineering

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Kurt Kyser  

Office: M410
Phone: +1 613 533-6179
Lab: 533-2183
Fax: 533-6592
Email: kyserk@queensu.ca

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Kurt Kyser is currently the director of QFIR, the Queen’s Facility for Isotope Research at Queen’s University in Canada, which has the most complete suite of advanced isotope and chemical technologies supported by a research team with the combined experience spanning over 70 years within the areas of exploration, environment, biology, chemistry, geography, and forensics and authentication methods. QFIR provides interdisciplinary research for university, government, industry and private agencies on a global basis. Our research interests are focussed on using an integrated approach to understand the interactions between fluids and rocks and between the geosphere and biosphere. Inasmuch as most fluids and minerals usually contain H, C, O and S as well as trace elements, use of the isotopes of these elements in well-characterized samples can trace the origin, evolution, and timing of fluid-rock interactions and the flux of elements between the geosphere and biosphere. This approach fosters collaboration involving scientists from Canada, the USA, Europe and Australia, and from many in the mineral and environmental industries. These research programs normally involve extensive fieldwork in addition to laboratory work and the graduate students, PDFs and technical staff I advise are trained in field techniques, encouraged to develop their research skills and to publish their results. My programs are designed such that there is a balance between pure and applied research, a balance that is normally perpetuated by the HQP in their professional careers. I have trained 80 graduate students and 15 PDFs who currently have positions with universities, government and industry around the world. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Research Interests/Current Research

Current research projects include the following:

(1) Geosphere-Biosphere interactions: 

--use of Li, B, Cu, Fe, Sr, Pb, U and Zn isotopes in exploration and environmental studies 

--dendrogeochemistry for environmental monitoring, paleoenvironments and mineral exploration 

--use of microbes in exploration and remediation

--dendrogeochemistry for environmental monitoring, paleoenvironments and mineral exploration 

--use of microbes in exploration and remediation 

--evolution of N in the atmosphere 

--pyrolysis analysis of mobile elements in the near surface environment 

    --lab experiments on element mobility in the near-surface environment 

      --exploration geochemistry--developing novel techniques 

        Petrology projects: 

          --MARID xenoliths and mantle metasomatism 

            --laser ablation ICP-MS protocols 

              --U and Pb isotopes in mafic lavas and the U cycle in the mantle 

                --diagenesis of carbonates 

                  --isotopic evolution of seawater using carbonates 

                    --clay crystal chemistry as an indicator of the environment of formation 

                      --refining fluid evolution of successor, intracratonic and rift basins.

                       

                      Supervising Information

                      Current students: 

                      J. C. Zamudio, PhD, Alteration related to porphyry copper deposits, Chile 

                      C. Munoz, PhD, Exploration strategies from the Los Bronces copper deposit, Chile 

                      V. Boyarskaya, PhD, Origin of the uranium deposits in the Macusani volcanic field 

                      A. Li, PhD, Alkaline intrusions and global uranium cycles 

                      P. Stewart, MSc, Mineral exploration and environmental monitoring using elemental compositions and isotopes of novel geochemical media 

                      P. Adene, MSc, Exploration in the Hawke Rapids area, Athabasca Basin, Canada 

                      C. Jean, MSc, The geochemistry of brachiopods in arctic climates 

                      L. Shi, MSc, Location of metals in clay minerals used in exploration 

                      J. Biesiadecki, MSc, A financial comparison of traditional mining with bio mining 

                      A. Acevedo, MSc, Fe isotopes in chlorite as an indicator of redox in basins Current Post-doctoral Fellows: 

                      S. Banerjee, 2011 (SMU)                    Clumped isotopes—do they work? 

                      U. Ray, 2011 (SMU)                          BIFs and Fe isotopes 

                      E. Ricard, 2010 (UPau)                      Fe isotopes and BIFs 

                      A. Voignot, 2013 (UStrausborg)        Mo, Tl, U isotopes in exploration/environmental science 

                      S. Beyer, 2012 (Queen’s)                    Holistic basin analysis as an effective exploration technique



                      Current Research Associates 

                      Evelyne Leduc, ICP-MS specialist (since 2010). 

                      April Vuletich, organic isotope geochemistry (since 2001). 

                      Dr. Don Chipley, isotope geochemistry (since 1999). 

                      Dr. Paul Alexandre, uranium deposits and geochronology (since 2005).
                       

                        Professional Associations 

                          Geological Association of Canada 

                            Geochemical Society of America 

                              American Geophysical Union 

                                Mineralogical Society of America 

                                  Mineralogical Association of Canada 

                                    Association of Applied Geochemists 

                                      Publications 

                                        Books Authored……………………………………………………………………………......2 

                                          Books edited…………………………………………………………………………………...3 

                                            Chapters in books…………………………………………………………….…………..…..50 

                                              Papers in refereed journals………………………………………………………..………….305 

                                                Papers in refereed conference proceedings………………………………………..…………135 

                                                  Technical reports………………………………………………………………….………….120 

                                                    Workshops……………………………………………………………………………………..21 

                                                      A list of recent publications can be found at http://roeder.geol.queensu.ca/isotope_lab/publications.shtml
                                                       

                                                      Awards 

                                                        Queen’s Research Chair, 2004-14 

                                                          Killam Research Fellow, 2007-09 

                                                            Distinguished Lecturer, Association of Applied Geochemists, 2008-09 

                                                              Willet G. Miller Medal, Royal Society of Canada, 2005 

                                                                Best Professional Presentation, International Association of Applied Geochemists, 2005 

                                                                  Hawley Medal, Mineralogical Association of Canada, 2003 

                                                                    Mineralogical Association of Canada Past President’s Medal, 2001 

                                                                      Fellow Mineralogical Society of America, 1999 

                                                                        Fellow Royal Society of Canada, 1997-present 

                                                                          Geological Association of Canada Past President's Medal, 1996 

                                                                            Queen's National Scholar, 1995 

                                                                              E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, 1993-95 

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