Dr. Laurent Godin, PhD

Dr. Laurent Godin

Office Bruce 523
Email godinl@queensu.ca
Website Queen’s Tectonics Research Laboratory
Instagram @queens_tectonics_group
Mailing Address

Department of Geological Sciences & Geological Engineering, Miller Hall, Queen's University, Kingston Ontario, K7L 3N6


Professor Laurent Godin specializes in structural geology and continental tectonics, with a special focus on the evolution of orogenic belts, namely the Himalayan-Tibet. He is also interested by the application of centrifuge analogue modelling, U-Th/Pb petrochronology, and thermochronology to continental tectonics. In addition to mountain belt research, he is involved in projects focusing on seismicity and stress partitioning in continental interiors, basement fault reactivation, investigation of Early Archean geology, and application of structural geology to mineral exploration programs. He has served on the NSERC Discovery Grant Committee both as a member and co-chair and was Scientific Editor for Lithosphere from 2017-2020.

Supervising Information

  • Taylor Morell (PhD; 2022-in progress): Upper plate expression of reactivated basement structures during orogenesis: A multi-orogen comparison
  • Michelle Pearce (MSc; 2023-in progress): Numerical stress modelling of Himalayan seismicity and cross-strike faults

I am always looking for highly-motivated and qualified students wishing to pursue MSc or PhD degrees. If interested, contact me directly.

Research Interests/Current Research

  • Structural geology and continental tectonics

  • Evolution of orogenic belts / Himalayan tectonics

  • Analogue and numerical modelling of deformation processes

  • Seismicity of continental interiors

Professional Associations

  • Geological Association of Canada

  • American Geophysical Union

  • Geological Society of America

Publications (since 2013; students in bold, Complete list HERE)

Godin, L., Crilly, B., Schoenbohm, L. and Wolpert, J., 2023. Recent basement fault reactivation and fluvial drainage modification in an intraplate setting, eastern Bundelkhand craton, Madhya Pradesh, India. Geomorphology, p.108781.

Duvall, M., Waldron, J., Godin, L., Najman, Y., and Copley, A., in press. Indian plate structural inheritance in the Himalayan foreland basin, Nepal. Basin Research.

Godin, L., Ahenda, M., Grujic, D., Stevenson, R., and Cottle, J., 2021. Protolith affiliation and tectonometamorphic evolution of the Gurla Mandhata core complex, NW Nepal Himalaya. Geosphere, v. 17(2), 626-646.

Duvall, M., Waldron, J., Godin, L., and Najman, Y., 2020. Active strike-slip faults and a new frontal thrust in the Himalayan foreland basin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, v. 117(30), 17615-17621. ** Winner of the 2021 Elliot Best Paper award, given by the Structural Geology & Tectonics Division of the Geological Association of Canada **

Braden, Z., Godin, L., Kellett, D. A. and Yakymchuk, C., 2020. Spatio-temporal challenges in dating orogen-scale shear zones: the case of the Himalayan Main Central thrust. Tectonophysics, v. 774, 228246.

Ma, S., Kellett, D. A., Godin, L., and Jercinovic, M. J. 2020, Localization of the brittle Bathurst fault on pre-existing fabrics: A case for tectonic inheritance at the eastern edge of the Slave craton, western Nunavut, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 57, 725-746.

Soucy La Roche, R. and Godin, L., 2019. Inherited Cross‐Strike Faults and Oligocene–Early Miocene Segmentation of the Main Himalayan Thrust, West Nepal. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth.

Soucy La Roche, R., Godin, L., Cottle, J.M. and Kellett, D.A., 2019. Tectonometamorphic evolution of the tip of the Himalayan metamorphic core in the Jajarkot klippe, west Nepal. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 37(2), pp.239-269.

Godin, L., Soucy La Roche, R., Waffle, L., and Harris, L. B., 2019. Influence of inherited Indian basement faults on the evolution of the Himalayan orogen. In Crustal Architecture and Evolution of the Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet Orogen. R. Sharma, I. M. Villa, & S. Kumar, (eds.), Geological Society, London, Special Publication 481.

Braden, Z., Godin, L., Cottle, J., and Yakymchuk, C., 2018. Renewed late Miocene (<8 Ma) hinterland ductile thrusting, western Nepal Himalaya. Geology, v. 46, p. 503-506.

Soucy La Roche, R., Godin, L., Cottle, J., and Kellett, D., 2018. Preservation of the early evolution of the Himalayan middle crust in foreland klippen: insights from the Karnali klippe, west Nepal. Tectonics, v. 37, p. 1161-1193. DOI: 10.1002/2017TC004847. Winner of the 2018 Dave Elliott Prize for Best Paper, selected by the Canadian Tectonics Group Division of the Geological Association of Canada.

Ma, S., Kellett, D.A., and Godin, L., 2018. Structural style and timing of deformation on the Bathurst Fault (eastern Slave craton): Implications for basement fault-controlled fluid pathways; in Targeted Geoscience Initiative – 2017 Report of Activities, (ed.) N. Rogers; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8358, p. 79-97. doi:10.4095/299573.

Soucy La Roche, R., Godin, L., and Crowley, J.L. 2017. Reappraisal of emplacement models for Himalayan external crystalline nappes: the Jajarkot klippe, western Nepal. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 130 (5-6), p. 1041-1056. DOI: 10.1130/B31799.1.

Tschirhart, V.L., Potter, E.G., Kellett, D.A., Ma, S., Godin, L., Pana, D., and Atkinson, N., 2017. Fingerprinting fertile fluid corridors in the formation of unconformity-related deposits using non-traditional isotopes; in Targeted Geoscience Initiative – 2016 Report of Activities, (ed.) N. Rogers; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8199, p. 91-93. doi:10.4095/299573.

Dalrymple, R. W. and Godin, L. 2017. Measuring paleocurent directions and fracture orientations in core. Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 87, p. 517-522

Braden, Z., Godin, L., and Cottle, J. 2017. Segmentation and rejuvenation of the Greater Himalayan sequence in western Nepal revealed by in-situ U-Th/Pb monazite petrochronology. Lithos, v. 284-285, p. 751-765.

Najman, Y., Jenks, D., Godin, L., Parrish, R., Hortswood, M., Green, O., Bown, P., Garzzanti, E., and Willems, H., 2017. The Tethyan Himalayan detrital record shows that India–Asia terminal collision occurred by 54 Ma in the Western Himalaya. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 459, p. 301-310.

Kellett, D. A. & Godin, L., 2016. GAC/MAC 2017 Field trips Summary: Back to where it began. Geoscience Canada, no.12, v. 43, p. 287-289.

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., and Harris, L. B., 2016. Rheology and physical characteristics of materials for crustal-scaled 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 the base of the Himalayan metamorphic core, west-central Nepal. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 128, 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, Kar¬akoram 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, 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. 

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