Precambrian Division Student Travel Awards 2017

The Precambrian Division awarded 5 travel grants to students attending the Kingston GAC-MAC meeting. Below are their reports from the trips and sessions they attended, and some information on their projects they presented. We’re happy to see so many students enjoy opportunities to see these great areas of Canada!

Award Winners 2017

Carolyn Hill – Western University

Malcolm Hodgkiss – Stanford University

Tyler McGee – University of Saskatchewan (award deferred to 2018)

Siobhan McGoldrick – University of Victoria

Celine Porter – University of New Brunswick


Carolyn Hill – Western University

My PhD thesis focuses on determining the key indicators of ancient climate, life and sedimentary processes in the Paleoproterozoic Gordon Lake Formation, Huronian Supergroup. The results of my thesis will contribute to our understanding of the surficial, climatic and related biological evolution of Earth approximately 2.3 billion years ago; a time when the planet lacked land vegetation and the rise of atmospheric oxygen had begun.

I presented my latest research at GAC-MAC 2017, where I received valuable feedback and a variety of new ideas to explore moving forward. I had many meaningful discussions about my work and am grateful for the opportunity to share it with the leaders in my field. The student travel grant from the Precambrian Division of the GAC provided me with the financial assistance to be able to attend the whole conference, which enabled me to attend a higher number and variety of talks. I also attended the dinner at Fort Henry, which was a great opportunity to expand my professional network. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at GAC-MAC 2017 and am looking forward to attending future GAC-MAC conferences.

Carolyn Hill

Malcolm Hodgkiss – Stanford University

It was a pleasure to participate in GACMAC 2017 in Kingston. It provided an excellent environment for me to present my research, and receive constructive feedback from experts in the field. Most importantly, GACMAC provided a positive, collegial environment that helped lay the groundwork for future collaborations with other researchers.

Malcolm Hodgkiss


Tyler McGee – University of Saskatchewan

award deferred to 2018


Siobhan McGoldrick – University of Victoria

I am an MSc student nearing the end of my studies at the University of Victoria’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. I am researching the magmatic and thermal history of an ophiolite in the northern Cache Creek terrane, near the BC-Yukon border. Using geochemical constraints, I hope to place my work into a tectonic framework, with implications for models of terrane accretion in the northern Canadian Cordillera.

I attended the GAC-MAC Annual Meeting recently in Kingston, Ontario thanks in part to funding provided by the Precambrian Division of GAC. I presented the preliminary conclusions of my study in the GAC session honouring the career of Dr. Cees van Staal. I have been fortunate enough to be mentored by a former PhD student of Dr. van Staal, and presenting in this session was therefore particularly meaningful. As I will be defending my MSc thesis in the coming months, it was a valuable experience to present at this session and receive feedback from those in attendance. At the GAC meeting I was also able to attend a variety of presentations and poster sessions, and benefited from discussions with geoscientists. I would like to thank the Precambrian Division for supporting geoscience students in Canada such as myself with financial aid to attend GAC.

Siobhan McGoldrick in beautiful BC mountains.

Celine Porter – University of New Brunswick

I am a second year MSc. student studying at the University of New Brunswick under the supervision of Deanne van Rooyen (CBU) and Chris McFarlane (UNB). My thesis project focuses on the northern New Quebec Orogen and aims to understand the multi-phase structural and metamorphic evolution across the orogen from the foreland into the hinterland. At the GAC-MAC 2017 conference I had the opportunity to present my results in an oral presentation in the section: The Metamorphic Architecture of Orogenic Belts. Both presenting my presentation and watching others led me to being introduced to many individuals with similar geological interests and gave me many new ideas for further work for my current project. With my Precambrian Division student travel award I was fortunate to attend a four day field trip exploring the major tectonic boundary between the northeastern Composite Arc Belt and the Central Metasedimentary Belt of the Grenville Orogen led by Manuel Duguet and Michael Easton. This four day immersion into the Geology of the Grenville Orogen surrounded by so many knowledgeable professionals and fellow students from such diverse backgrounds resulted in a great experience that fed both my enthusiasm and curiosity.

Celine Porter getting acquainted with lower-crustal migmatites on the “Tectonic and metamorphic architecture of the northeastern Composite Arc belt and the Central Metasedimentary belt boundary tectonic zone, Grenville Orogen” field trip.



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