People

Dr. Alexander L. Peace

Principal Investigator

  • 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.
  • CV (May 2020)

Email: peacea2@mcmaster.ca

Current Students

Ugi Kurnia Gusti

PhD student (2020-2024)

Project title: Causes and consequences of seismicity in Eastern Canada

This project will use a combination of geological mapping of deformation, both in the field and also on geophysical data, in addition to numerical models of stress to provide new insights into the causes and consequences of seismicity in Eastern Canada.

Chibuike Nnadi

MSc student (2020-2022)

Project title: Geophysical Interpretation of offshore basins

This project will primarily utilise the seismic reflection, well and potential field data provided by the UK OGA (Oil and Gas Authority) to investigate the structural evolution of rifted margin basins using Petrel and MOVE.

Serena Formenti

BSc Thesis student (2020-2021)

Project title: Control of fracture distribution, style and orientation on stability of the Niagara escarpment in Hamilton

This project is being co-supervised by Dr. Carolyn Eyes, and will involve mapping fractures on the Hamilton Escarpment, which is a highly fractured outcrop that is susceptible to collapses. As such, we are interested in studying the stability and how this is influenced by fractures.

Olivia Filson

BSc Thesis student (2020-2021)

Project title: GPlates deformable plate tectonic modelling of rifts and ocean basins

Many plate tectonic models of rifts assume that plates are rigid and therefore don’t fully account for rift-related deformation. As such, this project will build a new style of deformable plate models using GPlates 2 that better represent rift-related deformation at the crustal scale.

Arden McPhail

BSc Thesis student (2020-2021)

Project title: Seismic interpretation of Rockall Basin

During the opening of the North Atlantic voluminous igneous rocks were emplaced on the continental margins. This project will look at the distribution of these occurrences in the Rockall Basin using seismic reflection data.

Sarah Beney

BSc Independent study student (2020-2021)

Project title: Tectonic evolution of the Indian Ocean

This project will use GPlates to investigate Gondwana’s dispersal.

Riah Mongrain

BSc Independent study student (2020-2021)

Project title: Tectonic evolution of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans

This project will use GPlates to investigate the opening of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.

Previous students

Evangeline Ng

BSc Thesis student (2019-2020) / Research Assistant (Summer 2020)

Project title: Salt Tectonics and its Influence on Sedimentation and Faulting in the Mid North Sea High

This project looked at rift development in the North Sea. In particular, the structural evolution of rift-related faulting was studied as well as the role of salt tectonics in the regional development.

Emma Keefe

BSc Thesis student (2019-2020)

Project title: An analysis of salt tectonics in the Mid North Sea High using 2D seismic reflection data

This project looked at rift development in the North Sea. In particular, the structural evolution of rift-related faulting was studied as well as the role of salt tectonics in the regional development.


Want to work with us?


I am currently seeking applications for fully funded MSc and PhD projects. 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 through BSc thesis/independent study projects and Mitacs Globalinks projects.

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

McMaster Graduate Studies website (including the McMaster Graduate Scholarship)

Graduate Admission (School of Earth, Environment and Society)

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