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Dr. Alexander L. Peace, PhD P.Geo

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.

Email: peacea2@mcmaster.ca

Current Members

Dr. Jeremy Rimando, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow (2021)

Project 1: Neotectonics and Seismic Hazards in Eastern Canada

The objective of this project is to map active structures in Eastern Canada, particularly areas with spatial clustering of earthquakes, and to determine the nature of the structures controlling seismicity in this region. This will be achieved through a multidisciplinary approach which includes structural analysis using remote sensing, GIS-based quantitative geomorphic analysis, and interpretation of geophysical, geodetic datasets and numerical stress modelling.

Project 2: Structural Controls of Mineralization of the Sixtymile, Yukon Gold project

The goal of this study is to de-risk and significantly enhance the rate of discovery success in the Sixtymile district where previous studies in the nearby Klondike gold district have shown promising correlation between placer deposits and bedrock occurrences. This study will use a combined geological-geophysical approach.

Jeremy’s website: https://www.jeremyrimando.com

Ugi Kurnia Gusti, MSc

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

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.

Jonathan Spence

BSc Independent study student (Winter 2021) and summer student (2021)

Project title: GPlates deformable plate models of India-Asia collision

Ananya Mittal

Mitacs Globalink research student 2021

Project title: Crustal structure and evolution of the Black Sea region

The aim of this project is to constrain the crustal structure and evolution of the Black Sea region using an integrated geophysical and plate modelling approach.

Subhamathi Thiruvenkatam

Mitacs Globalink research student 2021

Project title: Crustal structure and evolution of the Black Sea region

The aim of this project is to constrain the crustal structure and evolution of the Black Sea region using an integrated geophysical and plate modelling approach.

Previous students

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.

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.

Sarah Beney

BSc Independent study student (Fall 2020)

Project title: Tectonic evolution of the Indian Ocean

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

Riah Mongrain

BSc Independent study student (Fall 2020)

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.

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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