Jamie Cutts

PhD Geological Sciences

EOS-Main 301
(613) 295-8421

My research to date has been primarily focussed on using mapping, elemental and isotopic geochemistry and U-Pb zircon geochronology to characterize and constrain various tectonic elements within orogens: my B.Sc research involved determining the age and geochemistry of a previously unstudied ophiolite complex in the Newfoundland Appalachians and my M.Sc research was a geochronology and geochemical study of a suite of syn-tectonic plutons that escaped regional deformation and metamorphism in the Grenville Province of Ontario.

My current research has two main components:

1) investigating spatial and temporal variations in the distribution of eclogite lenses within the ultra-high pressure Western Gneiss Complex of Norway to constrain timing and rates of metamorphism. The study will primarily use using Lu-Hf garnet, and U-Pb zircon and rutile geochronology.

2) testing models for lithospheric root zone formation beneath cratons by constraining cooling rates in garnet-peridotites in the Western Gneiss Complex of Norway. This study will use both Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd garnet geochronology.

I have been a TA for the following courses at UBC:

EOSC 220: Introductory Mineralogy

EOSC 223: Field Techniques

EOSC 328: Field Geology

EOSC 422: Structural Geology II

I was also a TA at Carleton University for the following classes:

-Introductory Geology

-Geology for Engineers

-Field Techniques

-Field Geology

-Structural Geology



R Patterson T, Crann CA, Cutts JA, Mustaphi CJCourtney, Nasser NA, Macumber AL, Galloway JM, Swindles GT, Falck H. 2017. New occurrences of the White River Ash (east lobe) in Subarctic Canada and utility for estimating freshwater reservoir effect in lake sediment archives. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 477:1–9.


Cutts JA, McNicoll VJ, Zagorevski A, Anderson RG, Martin K. 2015. U-Pb geochronology of the Hazelton Group in the McTagg anticlinorium, Iskut River area, northwestern British Columbia.. British Columbia Geological Survey - Geological Field Work 2014. 2015-1:87–101.


Cutts JA, Zagorevski A, McNicoll VJ, Carr SD. 2012. Tectono-stratigraphic setting of the Moreton’s Harbour Group and its implications for the evolution of the Laurentian margin: Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. 49:111-127.