My research is focused on understanding the tectonic and depositional history of the Mesoproterozoic Belt-Purcell Basin, a 15-20 km thick sedimentary sequence that straddles Canada-United States boarder in western North America. The Purcell Supergroup in Canada and the contiguous Belt Supergroup in the United States were part of a rift-fill sequence deposited between 1.44 and 1.35 Ga. I am specifically interested in understanding the stratigraphy, sedimentology, and provenance of the Upper Purcell Supergroup (top 4-5 km of strata). Through a combination of detailed mapping and detrital zircon geochronology I aim to:
- Provide better age constraints that can be used in testing cross-basin stratigraphic correlations;
- Test tectonic models of basin formation and evolution by limiting the nature of, and changes in the sediment source terrane, and
- To assess the potential of this Mesoproterozoic sequence for syngenetic mineralization, including SEDEX Pb-Zn and Cu deposits. Though currently working on Mesoproterozoic strata.
I am interested in all aspects of Cordilleran tectonic evolution. I have always been interested in orogens and orogenic processes, and feel that the study of sedimentary basins is of great importance to understanding not just the Cordillera, but for understanding orogens globally