People

Principal Investigator: Dr. Alexander L. Peace

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  • I am a skilled, enthusiastic and dedicated geoscientist, with a strong background in both geology and geophysics.

  • My research interests include: tectonics, structural geology, magmatism, petroleum geology, sedimentary basins, seismic interpretation and potential-field studies.

  • I am always seeking new collaborations and opportunities with industry, academia and government so please get in touch.

July 2019 – Present : Assistant Professor (Structural Geology), School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

January 2017 – June 2019: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada

September 2018 – April 2019: Instructor (Fall 2018: Advanced Marine Geology, Winter 2019: Structural Geology), Department of Earth Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada

October 2016 – December 2016: Research Assistant, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, Durham, UK

October 2012 – October 2016: PhD in Geology, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, Durham, UK

July 2011 – August 2012: Trainee Instructor, North Yorkshire County Council, Harrogate, UK

October 2008 – June 2011: Geology Bsc (hons) 1st class (highest UK classification), Durham University, Durham, UK

BSc Thesis Students:

Evangeline Ng

Project title: Style, controls, and distribution of rift-related faulting in the southern North Sea

Emma Keefe

Project title: Style, controls, and distribution of rift-related faulting in the northern North Sea

Evangeline and Emma are both be working on projects related to the North Sea. The North Sea is located between Norway to the east, the UK to the west, and the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, France and Germany to the south. This rift basin represents part a failed branch of the Arctic-North Atlantic rift system, that formed via multiple phases of rifting producing a structurally complex region.

These research projects aim to provide new understanding of rift development in the North Sea. In particular, the projects will look at the structural evolution of rift-related faulting by mapping out fault networks and will discuss connectivity between fault segments.

This will be achieved through interpretation of subsurface seismic data provided by the Oil and Gas Authority in the UK, a relatively new dataset. Interpretation will primarily be conducted in Petrel, and potentially other software such as MOVE and GPlates. In addition, gravity and magnetic data will be used to constrain the interpretation.

Current openings

The structural geology and tectonics group in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University, Canada is currently seeking applications from skilled and motivated students to work on various fully funded projects. We would like to invite all qualified applicants to get in touch to discuss graduate student opportunities (both MSc and PhD).

Further details of these projects and how to apply can be found here.

Prospective Students

In addition to the current openings above, prospective students are encouraged to send a brief email (peacea2@mcmaster.ca) explaining your academic background and research interests.

There is also the opportunity for undergraduates to participate in work with the group through McMaster Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA), or through BSc thesis projects.

Further details of deadlines and the application process for prospective students can be found at the following: