Tim Stokes, Professor
Tim joined the Earth Science Department at VIU in 2002. Prior to this time, he worked in industry as a consultant completing various environmental geology, engineering geology and geohazards projects. He undertook a BSc degree in Mining Engineering at Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall, England. During which time, he also worked in the clay pits of Cornwall, and a copper mine in Finland. He came to Canada in 1980 and worked in the Yukon before going to McGill where he graduated with a MSc in Mineral Exploration in 1983. He spent a year travelling in Australia and worked as a geologist in the Kalgoorlie gold field. He then returned to Canada and completed a PhD at Dalhousie University in 1991 on structural geology and gold deposits in the NWT. Tim’s current research interests are varied and include: management and mapping of karst landscapes, seismic hazard mapping, and structural mapping. Tim teaches GEOL111, GEOL202, GEOL206, GEOL301, GEOL302, GEOL312, and GEOL390
Jerome Lesemann, Professor
Jerome joined the VIU Earth Science department in 2013 after working with the Geological Survey of Canada and other academic roles. He completed a BSc (Hons.) in geology at the University of Montreal and an MSc at the University of Alberta before completing his PhD at Simon Fraser University which focused on glacial landforms in the Okanagan Valley. Jerome is interested in reconstructions of ancient environments using a variety of techniques and approaches (landform-sediments relationships, geophysics, etc.). and their applications to understanding environmental change, mineral exploration, groundwater resources. Jerome has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles in the field of glacial sedimentology related to glacial dynamics, landforms, and meltwater processes. Jerome teaches GEOL 111, GEOL 115, GEOL 201, GEOL 304, GEOL 305, GEOL 307, GEOL 390, GEOL 412, and has taught GEOL 470 in its Advanced Sedimentology iteration.
Sandra Johnstone, Professor
Sandra joined the Earth Science department in 2006 after working as a mine-site geologist and as a field geologist in both industry and government. She achieved her Bachelor of Science degree in Earth and Ocean Science at the University of Victoria (2000), and her Master of Science degree in Earth Science (specializing in Archean tectonics, geochronology, and structural geology) at the University of Waterloo (2002). Sandra teaches GEOL 112, GEOL 115, GEOL 200, GEOL 206, GEOL 300, GEOL 308, GEOL 390, and has taught GEOL 470.
Casey Brant, Sessional Instructor
Casey first began teaching with the Earth Science department in 2012. She completed a BSc (Hon.) in Earth and Environment Science from the University of Waterloo before undertaking a PhD at the University of Victoria. Her thesis focused on trace element geochemistry and lithium isotopes in high- and low-temperature mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems. In addition to teaching at VIU she holds an associate faculty position at Royal Roads University, where she teaches in the School of Environment and Sustainability. Outside of her academic roles Casey works as a professional mariner in the ecotourism industry, primarily as a whale watching guide guide and boat captain in Victoria. Casey has taught GEOL 111, GEOL 112, GEOL 200, GEOL 206, and GEOL 300 at VIU.
Owen Peer, Technician
Owen Peer has a B.Sc. in Physics and Earth Sciences (Victoria, 1993) and has been the technician in the Geology department since 2001. He also is self employed working as a special projects manager, a research scientist and as a teacher/facilitator. His research interests focus on the relationship between energy and moving fluids. He has been involved in monitoring wind energy in icing conditions for the purposes of lobbying for the installation wind turbines connected to the grid.