Lab Members

Dr. John Jamieson

Associate Professor;
Canada Research Chair in Marine Geology (Tier II);
Chair, Canadian Consortium for Ocean Drilling

I received my BSc (Hons) from the University of Alberta (2002), MSc from the University of Maryland (2005), and PhD from the University of Ottawa (2013). From 2013-2015 I worked as a research scientist at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany).

Sarah Moriarty

PhD Candidate

I received a dual BSc in Geology and Marine Science/Oceanography from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 2017 and a MSc in Earth Sciences from Memorial University in 2020. My research focuses on the application of stable isotope signatures (including multiple S and Sr isotopes) of seafloor massive sulfide deposits, hydrothermal fluids, crustal rocks, and sediments to investigate fluid mixing and elemental cycling associated with submarine hydrothermal systems at mid-ocean ridges and arc volcanoes.

Caroline Gini

PhD Candidate

I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in geology from the Université de Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2015 and my Master’s degree in 2017 from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (France). I am interested in understanding geological and tectonic processes at mid-ocean ridges and their implications for hydrothermal systems. My research focuses on understanding the geology of a hydrothermal vent field on the Mohns Ridge, in the Greenland Sea, and geological characterization of the seafloor and exploration of hydrothermal deposits using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (InSAS), an ultra-high-resolution underwater acoustic mapping and imaging technology.

Natalie McNeil

MSc Candidate

I graduated from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a BSc (Hons) in geology. At Memorial University my research focuses on the application of the 230Th/234U dating technique to samples collected from seafloor hydrothermal vent fields, and evaluating the precision of this technique relative to other techniques that have been applied to vent fields previously (e.g., 226Ra/Ba).

Kallie Stone

MEnv Candidate

The goal of my research project is to investigate the release of metals into the ocean from the oxidation of seafloor massive sulfide deposits. For my undergraduate thesis project, I evaluated hydrothermal discharge velocities associated with active venting at the Niua South hydrothermal vent field (near Tonga) through video analysis, and used these data to calculate the chemical mass balance and depositional efficiency of this hydrothermal system.

Charles Lapointe

MSc Candidate

I earned a B.Sc. in Earth & Planetary Sciences from McGill University in 2022. My M.Sc. project at Memorial University focuses on the geological characterization of the Aurora vent field, located on the Gakkel mid-ocean ridge in the Arctic Ocean. To this end, I am applying a variety of mineralogical, geochemical, and geochronological tools to rock samples collected from the seafloor.

Former Lab Members

Dr. Andrew Martin

Post-Doctoral Fellow 2019-2022

Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Geoscience, University of Nevada Las Vegas (USA)

Dr. Dennis Sánchez Mora

PhD 2022

Thesis title: Evolution of the Lucky Strike Vent Field, Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Current position: Project Geologist, Ximen Mining (Kelowna, BC)

Dr. Chris Galley

PhD 2022

Thesis title: The Development of the Surface Geometry Inversion Method with Applications to Modelling Seafloor Hydrothermal Alteration and Associated Mineralization

Current position: Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON)

Euri Papanicolaou

MSc 2020

Thesis title: The effects of sulphide oxidation on the preservation of hydrothermal chimneys from the Endeavour Segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge

Current position: Geologist, Galleon Gold (Toronto, ON)

Ben Peterkin

MSc 2020

Thesis title: Formation of hydrothermal sulphide deposits on Niua volcano, Tofua Arc

Current position: Geologist, Auteco Minerals (Perth, Australia)

Melissa Mills

BSc 2020

Thesis title: Magmatic SO2 disproportionation in a submarine arc volcano: Evidence from Brothers volcano, Kermadec Arc

Current position: MSc Candidate, University of Victoria (Victoria, BC)

Jessica Roberts

BSc 2019

Thesis title: Petrographic and Geochemical Characteristics of Ultramafic-Hosted Hydrothermal Sulfide Deposits on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Current position: Geologist, HighGold Mining (Vancouver, BC)

Martin Kulla

BSc 2018

Thesis title: Precipitation of clay minerals from ultra-mafic hosted seafloor hydrothermal systems on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Current position: Project Geologist, Commander Resources (Vancouver, BC)