Dominique Weis

Professor

Canada Research Chair in the Geochemistry of the Earth's Mantle

EOS-South 360
(604) 822-1697
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Distribution of elements and isotopes in Earth systems with emphasis on the use abundances and isotopic ratios in defining the source and evolution of igneous rocks, the interaction between different reservoirs (mantle, crust and atmosphere) and the role of tectonic settings.

Geochemical constraints on mantle plume dynamics and structure.

  • Time integrated studies of volcanic stratigraphic series on the Kerguelen and Hawaiian Archipelago and of submarine Hawaiian volcanoes.
  • High-precision isotope stratigraphy (Pb & Hf by MC-ICP-MS, Sr & Nd by TIMS) of the Hawaiian Scientific Deep Hole (HSDP), other Hawaiian sections and rejuvenated volcanism.
  • Large-igneous provinces:

- Kerguelen Plateau - Broken Ridge, Ninetyeast Ridge. Role of the Kerguelen Plume.

- Wrangellia flood basalt province (Vancouver Island, Yukon & Alaska) 

Arc Volcanism.

  • Evolution of magmatism at the end of an arc: Northern Cascade Arc and Cordilleran Volcanic Province.
  • Determining magma sources in the High Cascades.

Environmental applications.

  • Isotopic tracing of the Fraser River (Sr, Nd, Hf and Pb isotopic studies).
  • Pb isotopic study of particles collected around the English Channel area: determination of the Pb sources and modelling of the anthropogenic vs. natural sources. 
  • Historic Pb pollution in the Vancouver area; systematic study of Stanley Park trees, Fraser River sediments and other time records.
  • Source(s) of the high Cd in BC oysters.
  • Iron isotope fractionation within atmospheric aerosols: tracing of pollutants vs. natural sources.
  • Si isotope distribution in seawater.

Analytical applications.

  • Systematic isotopic (Sr, Nd, Pb & Hf) and geochemical characterization of USGS reference materials.
  • Application of heavy/non-traditional stable isotopes: Mo, Cu, Zn.
  • Experimental laboratory studies of isotope partitioning between phases.

See also:

- NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program: MAGNET: Multidisciplinary Applied Geochemistry Network: http://www.magnet.eos.ubc.ca/

- And August 2012, International Innovation, Taking up the Mantle, p116-119.

Licence, 1979, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Ph.D., 1982, ULB
Master in Environmental Sciences, 1983, ULB
Post-doctoral fellow in Paris VII, France and CalTech, USA
Agrégation Enseignement Supérieur - Geochemistry, 1992, ULB

Directeur de Recherches, FNRS

UBC Professor, 2002-

Awards.

Scugog Lecturer, Western             2017

Canada Research Chair Tier I             2002, 2009, 2016

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada             2016

Blaustein Fellowship, Stanford University              2016

Médaille André Dumont            2015

2011 Geochemical Fellow.

American Geophysical Union Fellow: 2010:"For the elegance, precision and impact of her geochemical studies of the Earth, from Large Igneous Provinces to the Environment".
Daly Lecture: Fall AGU 2010: Geochemical Insights into Mantle Geodynamics and Plume Structure.

2010-12: ECORD Distinguished Lecturer: What do we know about mantle plumes and what more can we learn by IODP drilling.

UBC Killam Research Fellowship: 2009.
UBC Faculty of Science Award for Research: 2003.

Visiting Fellow, Carnegie Institution of Washington: 1999-present.
Alumni Award: National award to a young scientist, Francqui Foundation, Belgium, 1991.

PDF Grant FNRS (1983-1984).
PhD Grant FNRS (1979-1982).
Special Prize of the Belgian Government (1975).

Research Staff

PCIGR Lab Manager
Research Assistant/Technician (PCIGR)
PCIGR Research Technician
PCIGR CFI Project Manager
Research Assistant
Research Assistant – Technician (PCIGR)
Reagent Production Assistant

PDFs and RAs

Research Associate
Research Associate

Graduate Students

MSc Geological Sciences
MSc
PhD Geological Sciences
PhD Geological Sciences
PhD Geological Sciences
PhD Oceanography
MSc Geological Sciences
PhD Geological Sciences

Research Team / Students:

Ph.D. Students

  • Kate Smith (start Sept 2017)
  • Nicole Williamson (start Jan 2015)
  • Nichole Moerhuis (start Jan 2015)
  • Rhylan McMillan (start Sept 2014)
  • Evelyn Frères (start Sept 2014)
  • Anaïs Fourny (start Jan 2012)
  • Genna Patton (start Sept 2011)
  • Lauren Harrison (start Sept 2011)
  • Marina Martindale (start Sept 2011)

M.Sc. Students

  • June Cho (start Sept 2016)
  • Catherine Armstrong (start Sept 2014)

Honors Students/Undergraduate Trainees

  • Holly Pelletier (2017-18)
  • Rhys O'Connor (2017)
  • Dee Esposito (2014-15)
  • Nicole March (2013-14)

MAGNET Trainees

  • Elliott Skierszkan (U. Mayer)

Research Team / Students (past)

Post-doctoral Fellows (past)

  • Bruno Kieffer (2002-2004)
  • Wilma Pretorius (2003-2006)
  • Francois Nauret (2005-2006)
  • Andrew Greene, University of Hawaii (2009-2010)
  • Alyssa Shiel (2010-2011)
  • Elspeth Barnes (2010-2011)
  • Ines Nobre-Silva (2011)
  • Marion Carpentier (2009-2011)
  • Emily Mullen (2011-2015)
  • Jean-Thomas Cornelis (2011-2012)
  • Nicolas Estrade (2013-2015)

 

  • Anthony Hildenbrand, Visiting Scientist (summer 2008, 2010)

Graduate Students (past) 

University of British Columbia 

Ph.D. Students 

  • Ines Nobre Silva (May 2004 - April 2011)
  • Elspeth Barnes (Sept 2003 - July 2010)
  • Alyssa Shiel (Sept 2003 - July 2010)
  • Caroline-Emmanuelle Morisset (Sept 2003 - July 2008)
  • Andrew Greene (Jan 2004 - June 2008)

M.Sc. Students

  • Tom Ver Hoeve (Sept 2013 - Dec 2016)
  • Mariko Ikehata (Jan 2011 - Dec 2013)
  • Trent Dell Oro (June 2010 - Sept 2012)
  • Lisa Swinnard (co-advisor, University of Hawai'i - May 2008)
  • Diane Hanano (Jan 2005 - June 2008)
  • Rob Mackie (Sept 2003 - April 2006)
  • Heidi Annell (Jan 2003 - April 2005)

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Ph.D. Students

  • Nadine Mattielli, 1996
  • Xiaoqi Zhou, 1996
  • Bruno Kieffer, 2002
  • Sonia Doucet, 2002
  • Stephanie Ingle, 2003 

Exchange Students, Internships

  • Elisa Dietrich-Sainsaulieu (Sept 2004 - July 2005)
  • Aurore Ponvienne (August 2006 - July 2007)
  • Maia Kuga (May - August 2008)
  • Olivier Ménard (June - August 2010)
  • Charlie Beard (2011-2012)

Honors Students, B.Sc.H. (past, UBC)

  • Diane Hanano (2003-2004)
  • Gwen Williams (2003-2004)
  • Lorraine Tam (2004-2005)
  • Lisa Swinnard (2005-2006)
  • Dave Semeniuk  (2005-2006)
  • Selina Wu (2005-2006)
  • Samantha Dyck (2006-2007)
  • Tessa Loftus, exchange student (2010-2011)
  • Sri Budhi Utami (2012-13)

Undergraduate fellowships

  • Abe Torchinsky (2010-2011)
  • Gary Schudel (Summer 2012)
  • Sri Budhi Utami (Summer 2013)
  • Nicole Marsh (Summer 2014)

PCIGR Researchers and Staff (past, UBC)

  • Bert Mueller, Research Technician (2002-2008)
  • Jane Barling, Research Associate (2002-2012)
  • Lyan Xing, Research Associate (2012-2015)

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