Professor and Head
Fluid Rock Interactions
Office: ESB 2021 Phone: 604 822-2034
Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins)
My research activities in crustal fluid flow, including metamorphism and magmatic-hydrothermal systems, are directed towards answering two questions: What do alteration patterns tell us about fluid flow? and What controls fluid flow? To answer these questions, I combine field-based petrologic, geochemical and isotopic study of specific metamorphic terranes with forward modeling of reactive transport during fluid flow. My long-term objectives are to:
• develop and test transport models that delineate the first-order structure of fluid circulation, and
• discern the controls on and driving forces for fluid flow.
My research program in carbon sequestration identifies and evaluates novel CO2 fixation pathways that offset anthropogenic greenhouse gas production. Central to these studies are the field identification of active carbon fixation; field examination of geologic analogues to industrial fixation processes; mineralogical, geochemical and isotopic analysis of carbon sinks; and reactive transport modeling of carbon transport and fixation. My long-term objectives are to:
• develop new efficient reaction pathways for carbon sequestration,
• provide an objective scientific verification protocol for crystallographic trapping of carbon, and
• evaluate the stability and safety of stored carbon.