Current Research Group


Ph.D. Students

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Tim is currently studying sulfur isotopes in the Huronian Supergroup and Nippissing diabase intrusives and their relationship to sulfides found in offset dikes with the Sudbury Irruptive Complex. Tim’s masters work investigated rhythmites in the Gowganda Formation, which you can read about here.

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-11-40-43-amCarolyn Hill

Carolyn completed an undergraduate degree in geology at Western University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. with Dr. Corcoran. She is interested in shallow-marine environments and related sedimentary processes, the formation of sedimentary structures and evidence for early life on Earth.

Carolyn’s research focuses on determining the key indicators of ancient climate, life and sedimentary processes in the Paleoproterozoic Gordon Lake Formation, Huronian Supergroup, through sedimentary facies analysis, petrography, and compositional analysis. Her goal is to create a depositional model for the Gordon Lake Formation and relate it to the underlying and overlying formations, in addition to providing new insight into early life and Paleoproterozoic climatic and surficial environments, as related to Earth’s rise in atmospheric oxygen.

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Sara Belontz completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, has received her Masters of Environment and Sustainability at Western Ontario, and is currently working for the Department of Earth Sciences, and the Department of Biology. Sara is passionate about conservation and focuses her research on plastic waste, natural resource management, ecosystem recovery and biodiversity loss. She has been organizing and developing an interdisciplinary white paper about plastics pollution and the issues associated with it. Please check out this website Sara has created to learn more about plastics in the environment.

B.Sc. Students

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Kelly is currently in her 5th year pursuing a B.Sc. Honours Specialization in Geology and a Major in Environmental Science with a Practical Spanish Certificate. She has had the opportunity to work with both Nexen and Husky Energy for 4 consecutive summer terms.

Kelly is currently completing her undergraduate thesis where she will be investigating Microplastics in Sediments of the Thames River from Tavistock-London, Mitchell-London and London-Lake St. Clair. Samples taken over 6 days of field work will then be analyzed in Lab using specific methodology to isolate the microplastics.

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Laura is currently in her 4th year of an Honours Specialization in Geology. She is completing her Bachelor’s thesis with Dr. Webb and Dr. Corcoran. Her project involves studying the nitrogen isotope composition of grapes and soils from Pelee Island Winery to determine water and nutrient availability across different fields of the vineyard. This data may have implications for the use of nitrogen isotope fingerprinting as an indicator of origin and quality.

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Sarah is a third year Geology student and the lab assistant for the 2016/17 academic year. She is currently assisting Kelly Ryan with her investigation of Microplastics in Sediments of the Thames River by aiding with the sampling and separation process.

Sarah’s interests include exploring intersections of earth sciences, entrepreneurship and computer science. To combine her interests, Sarah is planning to pursue a M.Sc. in International Business at the Ivey School of Business. Sarah created and maintains this website.