EOSC 449 · BSc Thesis

Original research work under the direction of a faculty member. Required of all honours students. Open to major students with a satisfactory standing, appropriate background courses and permission of the course instructor and the directing faculty member.

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Course Description

Honours students in Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences specializations are required to submit a thesis involving original research, on a subject approved by the Department, in their fourth or final year. (Honours ENSC and Honours ATSC students should enroll in ENVR 449 or ATSC 449, respectively, but all BSc thesis courses in the Department are run together as one course, EOSC 449.)
Before Major students approach potential EOSC 449 thesis supervisors, they must obtain permission from both their specialization advisor and the course instructor. They should seek an initial determination of eligibility from their specialization advisor no later than April prior to fourth year. Eligible Major students must have an Academic Record that is otherwise equivalent to that required of a student in honours (no failed courses, >68% average each Winter session, for entire Academic Record) except for not meeting the minimum credit load limit due to reasons such as a commitment to varsity sport or student government. A minimum grade average of 75% is strongly suggested.

Learning Goals

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

1. Formulate and design their own research project, with the guidance of a supervisor

2. Research their scientific problem

3. Execute their research plan

4. Analyze and interpret their data

5. Write up their research project (using guidelines available on the course website)

6. Present their results in poster format

7. Defend the results of their research project


Mary Lou Bevier
In addition, each student has a Thesis Supervisor. See the table of Thesis Research Projects below for some possible supervisors. If a thesis is supervised by a qualified person (from inside or outside of the University) who is not a full-time EOAS faculty member, a full-time EOAS faculty member must be a co-supervisor.

Some possible thesis research topics for 2014-2015:

Thesis Research Projects
(Click Supervisor's name for contact info)
Supervisor Co-supervisor
Mineralogy of the Ash Mountain tin (malayaite) skarn, NW BC. Involves petrography, SEM work, some calculations. Lee Groat  

The petrology and paleontology of the Jurassic Celia Cove conglomerate cropping out on the west side of Harrison Lake. Its age, regional
distribution and bearing on terrane interactions.

Paul Smith  
Quartz mineralogy and geochemistry of intensely leached rocks related to high-sulfidation epithermal gold mineralization (projects from Greece, Turkey, Serbia, Iran) Thomas Bissig; Murray Allan  

1. Determining ore fluid sources in the Yukon gold fields using a stable isotope approach (lab-based w/ possibility of fieldwork)
2. Characterizing ore fluids in Yukon porphyry and epithermal systems using fluid inclusions (lab-based)
3. Quartz textures and trace element geochemistry to constrain the hydrothermal evolution of the White Gold deposit, Yukon (lab-based)

Murray Allan  
Topics in geoscience education research:  Novice-to-expert development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes crucial to a geoscience field.  Examples:  3-D spatial reasoning, deep time, field mapping, and conceptual models of climate change Sara Harris
F. Jones, B. Gilley
Origins of Volcaniclastic Deposits Associated with the 2360 BP Eruption of Meager Mountain (field work, lab analysis of samples, and making photogrammetric maps of the deposits) Kelly Russell Lucy Porritt
Geomicrobiology projects: Chemostatic and batch cultures of bacteria involved in nitrogen cycling to determine how these bacteria respond to environmental change; Metabolic controls of biogenic methane by conducting growth experiments on two strains of Archael methanogens; How phosphorus and nitrogen cycle in iron-rich laterite soils from Indonesia Sean Crowe and co-workers  
Degradation of creosote naphthalene under different environmental conditions and by different microorganisms: helping solve a Fraser River pollution remediation problem CarriAyne Jones Steve Hallam, and Roger Beckie
Methane and Nitrous Oxide concentrations in the Subarctic Pacific Philippe Tortell  
Air Quality (anything)
Environmental Data Analysis (any data, but especially spatio-temporal variability)
Environmental Modelling (mathematical, numerical, statistical)
Douw Steyn  

Hydrothermal evolution of the El Galeno porphyry Cu-Mo-Au and nearby Hilorico high-sulfidation epithermal Au deposit, Northern Peru, using fluid inclusion studies.

Farhad Bouzari

1) Geochemical study (i.e. field, petrology, trace element and or isotopes) of North Cascade Volcanism
 - this is part of a larger scale project to study the volcanism in this part of the world, as well as its contribution into the mantle via subduction (study of sediment cores West of BC).
2) Rejuvenated volcanism on Hawaii - collaboration with Dr. Garcia (UH)
Dominique Weis  
Petrography of Cretaceous-Tertiary sandstones, Bylot Island, Nunavut; additional paleontology projects Dr. Jim Haggart (NRCan) tba
Field portable stable isotope analysis of carbonate minerals for mineral exploration
Experimental evaluation of carbon sequestration in mine tailings
Carbon sequestration in cement waste
Mineralogical characterization of Swift Creek landslide deposits
Greg Dipple  
Experimental rock deformation: Permeability measurments in deformed reservoir rocks; Deformation properties of eruptive volcanic materials; Experiments looking at reaction-front instabilities using glass-ball/salt analogue modeling; Determining what factors influence how reaction-front instabilities evolve with time and space; How fluid flow pathways develop during deformation. Lori Kennedy  
1) Analysis of new Neptune Array data for tidal currents on the West Coast of Vancouver Island
2) Biophysical Modelling of Strait of Georgia: Analysis of a "What-if" numerical study looking at inverting the natural sources of nitrate
Susan Allen  
Potential projects involving the crystal chemistry of minerals, pegmatites, gem deposits, and skarns Lee Groat  
Geochemical modelling of intrusion-related gold systems Craig Hart  
Groundwater studies of Antamina Mine waste or (tentatively) UBC Composting Facility Roger Beckie  

Garnet geochemistry as a diamond exploration tool

Maya Kopylova  
1) Acoustic classification of fish and surface bubble fields on the west coast of Vancouver Island using a multi-frequency sonar

2) Measuring surface currents in the Fraser River plume using a coherent doppler radar



Topics related to Rivers Inlet Ecosystem Study Evgeny Pakhomov  
Reconstructing the environmental history of the Northeast Pacific using marine sediments Tara Ivanochko  
Topics in numerical weather predistion, wind and hydro energy, verification of weather forecasts, storm case studies for western Canada Roland Stull  
Others ... Faculty members, please email webmaster to have your project listed here.