"QTRL Logo"All QTRL students are involved in field research as well as learning and developing multifaceted cutting-edge methods (analogue and numerical modelling, geochronology, thermochronology, microtectonics). QTRL students are directly involved in data acquisition in world-class laboratories in a highly supportive collaborative environment. QTRL graduate students are also frequently involved in outreach activities through the Miller Museum of Geology at Queen’s, which caters to local schools and the general public.

If you wish to join our group, please send your CV, copies of transcripts, two names of references, and letter of interest to me. The QTRL fully supports the advancement of women and other underrepresented groups in Geosciences.

Completed Theses can be downloaded from QSpace


Current QTRL Members

Taylor Morrell, PhD candidate (2022-present)

Upper plate expression of reactivated basement structures during orogenesis: A multi-orogen comparison

Michelle Pearce, MSc candidate (2023-present)

Numerical stress modelling of Himalayan seismicity and cross-strike faults

Former QTRL Members

Daniela Garcia, MSc (2021-2023)

Exhumation of the Frontenac Arch, SE Grenville, Ontario: Constraints from low-temperature thermochronology

Alison Martin, MSc (2018-2021)

Timing and source of melting at the eastern edge of the Gurla Mandhata core complex, NW Nepal Himalaya

Mike Duvall, MSc (2017-2019; University of Alberta)

Subsurface structural variability of the Himalayan foreland basin, Nepal (Principal supervisor John Waldron) (Winner of the 2019 J. Henderson Best Thesis Prize, awarded by Canadian Tectonics Group)

Mark Ahenda, MSc (2016-2018)

Protolith affiliation and tectonometamorphic evolution of the Gurla Mandhata core complex, NW Nepal Himalaya (Winner of the 2018 J. Henderson Best Thesis Prize, awarded by Canadian Tectonics Group)

Zoe Braden, PhD (2015-2018)

Spatial variations of pressure-temperature-timing-deformation conditions of ductile thrusts: examples from the Himalayan and Variscan orogens

Svieda Ma, MSc (2016-2018)

Structural style and timing of deformation on the Bathurst fault in the eastern Slave craton, western Nunavut, Canada

Renaud Soucy La Roche, PhD (2014-2018)

Tectonometamorphic evolution of the Karnali and Jajarkot external crystalline klippen, west Nepal Himalaya

Bertha Louis, MSc (2012-2015, Dalhousie University)

Late Cenozoic upper-crustal cooling history of the Shuswap metamorphic complex, souhern Canadian Cordillera, British Columbia: New insights from low-temperature multi-thermochronometry and inverse thermal modeling (Principal supervisor Isabelle Coutand)

Lindsay Waffle, MSc (2012-2015)

Role of reactivated basement faults in localizing deformation in the upper crust: Insights from centrifuge analogue modelling

Rohanna Gibson, MSc (2012-2014)

Along-strike comparison of strain and timing of deformation in the lower Himalayan metamorphic core, west-central Nepal

Vincent Twomey, MSc (2011-2014, SFU)

Three dimensional strain distribution and deformation temperature interpreted from quartz microstructures and petrofabrics in the Okanagan Valley shear zone, southern Canadian Cordillera (Principal supervisor Dan Gibson)

Borja Antolín, W.E. White Postodoctoral Fellow (2011-2013)

Dadeldhura klippe bounding shear zones (W Nepal): Implications for the foreland evolution of the Himalayan metamorphic core

Carl Nagy, MSc (2010-2012)

From cessation of south-directed mid-crust extrusion to onset of orogen-parallel extension, NW Nepal Himalaya

Serigne Dieng, PhD (2008-2012)

Fluid evolution and structural control on Uranium mineralization in successor basins in northern Canada and northern Australia (Co-supervised with K. Kyser)

Parisa Asgharzadeh Sadegh, MSc (2009-2012)

Focal mechanisms and variation in tectonic stress field in eastern Canada (western Quebec and southern Ontario) (Co-supervised by Savka Dineva)

Carlos Torres, MSc (2009-2011)

Relationships between regional lineaments, structural field data, and mineral deposits in the Colombian Andes

Chris Yakymchuk, MSc (2008-2010)

Tectonometamorphic evolution of the Greater Himalayan sequence, Karnali valley, western Nepal (Winner of the 2010 J. Henderson Best Thesis Prize, awarded by Canadian Tectonics Group)

Alan Baird, PhD (2005-2010)

Crustal stresses and seismicity in intraplate settings: Relationship to geology and driving forces (Co-supervised by Steve McKinnon)

Adam Finley, MSc (2007-2010)

Structural, mineralogical, and geochronological constraints on the Miguel Auza intermediate sulfidation Ag-rich polymetallic mineral deposit, Zacatecas, Mexico (Co-supervised by Gema Olivo)

Paige Snelling, MSc (2007-2009)

The influence of stress and structure on mining-induced seismicity in Creighton Mine, Sudbury, Canada (Co-supervised by Steve McKinnon)

Kyle Larson, PhD (2005-2009)

The tectonometamorphic evolution of the Greater Himalayan sequence as exposed in central Nepal and adjacent south-central Tibet (Winner of the 2009 J. Henderson Best Thesis Prize, awarded by Canadian Tectonics Group)

Frances Mitchell, MSc (2005-2007)

Structural analysis of brittle deformation features along Grenvillian shear zones in southeastern Ontario

Dawn Kellett, MSc (2004-2006)

Characterization and age of north-verging back structures in the Tethyan Sedimentary Sequence, Hidden Valley, Central Nepal Himalaya (Winner of the 2006 J. Henderson Best Thesis Prize, awarded by Canadian Tectonics Group)

Tom Gleeson, MSc (2001-2003)

Tectonometamorphic evolution of the lower Nar valley, central Nepal Himalaya

Pierre Nadeau, MSc (2001-2003)

Structural investigation of the Porpoise Cove area, Northeastern Superior Province, Northern Quebec

Undergraduate Members

  • Michelle Pearce, BSc Hons: Influence of lithospheric basement faults on seismicity in the Himalayan system: A numerical modelling approach (2022-2023)
  • Michelle Pearce, Azurite Summer Research Assistant, Seismicity and neotectonics of basement arches (2022)
  • Taylor Rae Morrell, NSERC USRA, Zircon geochemistry compilation (2020)
  • Lauren Norenberg, BSc Hons: Structural setting and kinematic history related to vein emplacement and shear localization at the Van Horne prospect, Dryden, Ontario (2019-2020)
  • Taylor Rae Morrell, BSc Hons: Microstructural analysis of high-strain zones at the Ore Chimney mine site, SE Ontario (2019-2020)
  • Xi Wang, BSc Hons: Ore-controlling structures of the Au-Sb-WO3 Woxi deposit in the Tanghuping mining section, Woxi mining district, Hunan Province, China (2019-2020)
  • Taylor Rae Morrell, NSERC USRA: Geological mapping the Ore Chimney Mine site (2019)
  • Sarah Bowie, BSc Hons: Structural analysis of the Timmins-Porcupine gold camp, North Swayze Greenstone Belt, Ontario (2018-2019)
  • Katharina Holt, BSc Hons: Structural analysis of the Manitou-Dinorwic deformation zone, western Wabigoon subprovince, Ontario (2018-2019)
  • Alison Martin, NSERC USRA: Numerical modeling of stress patterns and basement fault reactivation  (2018)
  • Loralyn Blondin, NSERC USRA: Micro-mapping of the Okanagan shear zone mylonites (2017)
  • Jess Andrews, BSc Hons: Centrifuge analogue modeling of melt emplacement and migration during crustal thickening (2015-2016)
  • Nigel Bocking, BSc Hons: Deformation style variation of the Lesser Himalaya in west Nepal (2015-2016)
  • Nicole Bruce, BSc Hons: Timing of Variscan metamorphism in NE Sardinia (2015-2016)
  • Brendan Crilly, BSc Hons: Tectonic geomorphology along  the Pokhara lineament in Madhya Pradesh, India (2015-2016)
  • Nigel Bocking, NSERC USRA: The Lesser Himalayan sequence in the Jajarkot region, west Nepal (2015)
  • Nicole Allen, BSc Hons: Thermochronology of the Okanagan shear zone, Sicamous, BC (2012-2013)
  • Danielle Brown, BSc Hons: Microtectonics of the Okanagan shear zone, Sicamous, BC (2012-2013)
  • Lindsay Waffle, NSERC USRA: Rheological testing of new polymers for centrifuge analogue modelling (2012)
  • Lane Shelley, Jordan Aaron, Sean Woolgar, BScEng; 4th yr design project: Seismic risk to nuclear power in eastern North America and Ontario (2011-2012)
  • Jamie Sapera, BSc Hons: The granites of far western Nepal Himalaya (2011-2012)
  • Mackenzie Evenden, BSc Hons: Strain partitioning in the Eagle River-Okanagan shear zone, Canadian Cordillera (2011-2012)
  • Karen Wing Yan Chiu, BSc Hons: Neotectonic evaluation of the upper Karnali valley, NW Nepal Himalaya (2010-2011)
  • Stephanie Wafforn, BSc Hons: Structural relationship between shear zones and Ag/Pb mineralization, Galena Hill deposit, Patagonia (2010-2011)
  • Toby Stier, NSERC USRA: Microstructural analysis of a section of the Himalayan metamorphic core, Western Nepal (2009)
  • Alex Benzy, BSc Hons: Petrology and geochemistry of Himalayan granites in western Nepal and southern Tibet (2009)
  • Chris Yakymchuk, NSERC USRA: Centrifuge modelling of Himalayan backstructures (2008)
  • Dan Piccinnini, NSERC USRA: Lineament and joint study of the Prince Edward County, SE Ontario (2006)
  • Holly Vinall, BSc Hons: Microstructural study of the Gotthard tunnel, Aar Massif, Swiss Alps (2006)
  • Glen Maybarry, NSERC USRA: Lineament and joint study along the Central Metasedimentary Belt boundary zone, SE Grenville, Ontario  (2005)
  • Lesley Meston, SFU; NSERC USRA: Microstructural investigation of the ca. 3.8 Ga Nuvvuagittuq belt, northern Quebec (2003)
  • Oliver Roenitz, SFU; BSc Hons: Detailed structural assembly of the Cache Creek Terrane - Mt. O’Keefe area, northern British Columbia (2003)
  • Charlotte Olson, SFU; NSERC USRA: Neotectonic features in the Nar valley, central Nepal (2002)
  • Marc-André Brideau, SFU; BSc Hons: Structural analysis and metamorphic conditions of the Paleoproterozoic Racklan orogeny: Slats Creek and Fairchild Lake area, Wernecke Mountains, Yukon (2002)