Deanne van Rooyen, adjunct professor, receives federal funding for work in Nunatsiavut


As reported by Cape Breton University:

Dr. Deanne van Rooyen, Associate Professor of Geology at Cape Breton University and adjunct professor at Acadia has recently received federal research funding for a long-term research project that focuses on structural geology, geochronology, and tectonics. The $195,000 grant will be received over a two-and-a-half-year period and is part of a program from Natural Resources Canada, Geomapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM-2), which provides research funding to professors through the competitive Academic Grants and Contributions Program.

As a structural geologist who works in ancient mountain belts van Rooyen’s work focuses on how mountains evolve through time and how the oldest parts of Canada were formed. The funded project is located in Nunatsiavut, in the areas of Nain and Hopedale where two very old continents, the Hopedale block (3.2 to 2.8 billion years old) and the Saglek block (3.9 to 3.2 billion years old) are joined together. They are part of the North Atlantic craton, which used to contain what is now Greenland, bits of Scotland, parts of Scandinavia, and Labrador.

Van Rooyen’s research will focus on the Archean (older than 2.5 billion years) and Paleoproterozoic (between 2.5 and 1.8 billion years) parts of this history to determine the ages of rocks, the specific pressure and temperature conditions they record, and the ways that they interacted when they were all caught up in collisions between continents.

Deanne is also co-supervising two Masters theses at Acadia with Sandra Barr (Gabe Sombini dos Santos and Kyle Kucker) on her Cape Breton Island work, and supervised Acadia graduate Celine Porter for her Masters thesis at UNB on rocks in the Kuujjuaq area of Quebec.


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