Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Steve Beyer

Steve Beyer received a B.Sc. in geography (1998) from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, an M.Sc. in geology (2003) from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in geology (2010) from Queen's University, Canada. Steve's doctoral research focused on the integration of sequence stratigraphy, geochemistry, and geochronology in Paleoproterozoic basins to aid the evaluation and exploration of unconformity-related uranium targets. Steve was awarded a MITACS postdoctoral fellowship in 2011, and is now conducting collaborative research with Raven Minerals Corp., Kingston, ON. This research focuses on innovative exploration methods for unconformity-related U mineralization in Paleoproterozoic basins in Guyana, Australia, and Canada. The photo shows Steve (right) and Howard John (left) of Patuanak, Saskatchewan, logging core in the Athabasca Basin near Cree Lake, Saskatchewan.


Dr. Sandeep Banerjee

Sandeep Banerjee completed a B.Sc. (Honours) in Geology at Calcutta University, Kolkata, India. He completed an M.Sc. in Geological Sciences at the Indian Institue of Technology (IIT), where he studied the structural set up, deformation history and petrography around Dasam falls in Chottanagpur Gneissic Complex (India). The work included outcrop scale detail mapping of different structural elements and their analysis to interpret the structural evolution of the region.

Sandeep completed his Ph.D. in Geology at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where his research included modeling the fluid-rock interaction using oxygen and hydrogen isotope ratios of hydrothermally altered Iron Ore Group, eastern India. The ultimate goal of the project was to constrain on fluid composition and alteration history of an Archean greenstone belt using stable isotope data.

His research also included a Barnett Shale project, for which his objective was to establish organic carbon isotope stratigraphy of the Barnett Formation, USA and its relation with climate induced sea level change of the Mississippian.

Sandeep is now a postdoctoral fellow working at QFIR where the focus of his research is to understand the application of clumped isotopes (13C-18O bond) in the field of carbonate paleothermometry. Another aspect of the research is to understand the applicability of clumped isotopes in the field of mineral exploration.


Dr. Urmidola Raye

Urmidola Raye received a B.Sc. (Honours) in Geology from Calcutta University, Kolkata, India, and an M.Sc. in Geological Sciences at the Indian Institue of Technology (IIT). She completed her Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Texas, Dallas, where the objective of her research was to model transitional lithosphere in order to interpret evolution of continental US and opening of Gulf of Mexico using mantle xenoliths from Texas Passive Margin and to compare them on a global scale with worldwide spinel peridotites. The study also included olivine crystal preferred orientation in order to understand subsequent structural development of the mantle during evolution of Gulf of Mexico as well as oxygen isotope study to interpret the metasomatic history of the lithosphere beneath south central Texas.

Urmidola is now a postdoctoral fellow working at QFIR where her research objectives are to understand the role of diagenesis and metamorphism on resetting iron isotopic signature of Banded Iron Formations (BIFs), secular change in iron isotopic signature caused by biology and inorganic process and oxygen isotope study to constrain both contact and regional metamorphism of metamorphosed BIFs.