Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences,
The University of British Columbia

Dominique Weis elected Geochemical Society Board Member

dominique-weisPCIGR Director Dominique Weis has been elected as a member of the Geochemical Society Board of Directors.  Her term in office will begin on January 1, 2016.  Directors provide regional guidance and perspective to the Board.

The Geochemical Society is a nonprofit scientific society founded to encourage the application of geochemistry to improving our understanding of the Earth and solar system.  Membership is international and diverse in background, encompassing such fields as organic geochemistry, high and low-temperature geochemistry, petrology, meteoritics, fluid-rock interaction, and isotope geochemistry. The Geochemical Society is affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Union of Geological Sciences, the Council of Scientific Society Presidents and is an allied society of the Geological Society of America.

Congratulations Dominique!

Get Into Research – Lab Tours

On November 4th, PCIGR was pleased to participate in the Get Into Research event organized by SCI Team, a Peer Program within the UBC Faculty of Science.  This event is designed to present the multitude of research opportunities available to undergraduate students, personal experiences and inspirational accounts from student researchers, workshops outlining the preliminary steps of exploring research opportunities, as well as tours of different labs on campus.

DSCN4920PCIGR students Catherine Armstrong and Evelyn Freres led two groups of undergraduate students on tours of the nUBC facility.  The students learned about the operation of such a large-scale facility, different ways of determining the composition of rocks and minerals, and how samples are crushed, dissolved and purified.  They were shown all of the features and instruments in the lab, with particular focus on the Nu1700 high-resolution multi-collector ICP-MS.  At the end of the tour, students had a chance to ask questions and even to practice pipetting.


Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada 2015 – Roger François

Roger François has been elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada 2015.  He is being recognized for his pioneering research on particle and sediment fluxes in the ocean using stable and radioactive nuclides which has provided fresh insights into algal production and nutrient recycling as well as the rates of the ocean’s overturning circulation in the past. His work has opened new windows on the evolution of Earth’s global carbon system.

Congratulations Roger!!

EOAS Award – Outstanding Teaching Assistant

Rhy McMillan, PhD student and MAGNET trainee at PCIGR, was recently presented with the Department’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2014-2015. This award is in recognition of his outstanding efforts and initiatives in EOSC 222: Geological Time and Stratigraphy.  The Department is grateful for his contribution to the quality of teaching in EOAS.

Roger & Rhy
Congratulations Rhy!!

EOAS Award – Endeavour Silver Corporation Scholarship 2015

Catherine Armstrong, our MSc student has recently been awarded the Department’s Endeavour Silver Corporation Scholarship. The scholarship was awarded for her project entitled: “Isotopic fingerprinting of the enriched component of the Hawaiian mantle plume”. This high precision geochemical study of Hawaiian basalts will help unravel the processes governing the composition of numerous mantle plumes, with transformative implications for the composition and geodynamics of Earth’s mantle.
Congratulations Catherine!!