Current faculty research

  • Petrogenesis of Deformed Intrusive Pods in the Quatsino Formation, Open Bay, Quadra Island, British Columbia. Sandra Johnstone. Petrological and geochemical study of deformed diorite and granodiorite intrusions within Quatsino limestone. Investigating the nature of the deformation, with potential correlations to a regional tectonic event.

  • Microclimate Study of Forested Karst Sinkholes on Vancouver Island. Tim Stokes. The goals of this project is to document and define microclimates associated with karst sinkholes, and to assist in developing strategies for careful forest management and monitoring.

  • Monitoring and Investigation of Karst Springs on Vancouver Island, BC.  Tim Stokes. The main purpose of this research is to investigate the water quality and subsurface flows associated with karts springs used as domestic water resources, and to examine the nature of the associated karst aquifer and catchment.

  • The Geologic and Geomorphic Evolution of Karst Lands on Vancouver Island, BC.  Tim Stokes.  This ongoing project is to develop a model for the geologic and geomorphologic processes that have led to the formation of these karst landscapes, integrating ideas related to the past glacial record, climate change and tectonic history of Vancouver Island and the west coast of BC. 

Past faculty research

  • Glacier dynamics and sedimentology. Jerome Lesemann. Jerome has been involved in a number of projects focused on glacial dynamics and landforms in regions previously overlain by the Cordilleran, Laurentide, and Scandinavian icesheets. Topics include till dispersal plumes, meltwater processes and sedimentation, and Cordilleran Icesheet glacial lakes.

  • Groundwater Vulnerability Mapping Project on Vancouver Island. Steven Earle, Erik Krogh (Chemistry), Alan Gilchrist (Geography), Lisa Munro, Regan Purdy, plus researchers from provincial MoH, MoE, and MoNR. The objective of this multi-year project is to use the DRASTIC methodology to map the vulnerability of Vancouver Island aquifers to contamination and to assess sources of contamination.

  • Elevated Fluoride and Boron Levels in Sandstone and Mudstone Aquifer of Eastern Vancouver Island. Steven Earle and Erik Krogh (Chemistry). Geochemical analysis of approximately 200 well-water samples from the Yellow Point and Gabriola Island areas has shown that fluoride and boron exceed acceptable levels in a significant proportion of wells. The objective of the study is to understand the origin of the anomalous conditions.

  • Applicability of geo-exchange to heating greenhouses in Southwestern British Columbia. Owen Peer. The study includes theoretical and applied research into the use of ground-source geo-exchange systems for heating greenhouses in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.

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