Geological Sciences and

Geological Engineering

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Hometown: Huntsville, Ontario

Graduate Research Focus:

My Master’s Thesis is focused on the reactivation of structures in the deep crust of the Indian sub-continent and their potential influence on the development of the Himalaya. The reactivation is simulated using scaled analogue models deformed in the centrifuge lab here at Queen’s and at INRS in Quebec City.

Why I chose to do graduate studies:

I did an undergraduate thesis with Ron Peterson and the experience of performing independent research intrigued me. I loved the process of developing a question and working to answer it. I was drawn to the independence and the creativity that graduate studies would provide, and the potential for a career in research and academics. The possible fieldwork locations weren’t bad either!

Student involvement/extracurricular activities I am involved with:

I became involved with the Jolliffe Club my first year as a graduate student and this year took on the role of President.  I have also been part of several departmental intramural teams.

The professor(s) or course which has influenced me the most:

It would be natural and appropriate to say my supervisor, Laurent Godin, but there is one professor that influenced me much earlier in my career and without whom I may not have continued in geological sciences. Sandra McBride (GEOL 104)- I remember studying late into the night with friends for the final exam and realizing that the lost city of Atlantis must have just been subducted because of plate tectonics! That was when I realized I had found my true passion.

After I graduate, I plan to:

Take a break from research and work for a bit, I need some industry experience before I decide whether to continue on with a PhD and enter academia.

One big goal I’d like to accomplish during my lifetime:

In terms of my career, I do want to eventually complete a PhD. As a general life goal, I want to run the Great Wall Marathon.


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