Jamie Cutts

PhD student
University of British Columbia

I received my B.Sc Honours in Earth Sciences from Carleton University in 2010 after completing an undergraduate thesis involving the characterization of the petrography and geochemistry and U-Pb dating of ophiolitic stratigraphy in the Newfoundland Appalachians. I continued my studies at Carleton University and received my M.Sc in Earth Sciences in 2014. My M.Sc research was focused on a syn-tectonic suite of plutons in the Grenville Province that escaped regional deformation and metamorphism. The goal of this study was to sample these plutons in detail for petrographic and geochemical analysis and to date any of the plutons lacking crystallization ages.

After completion of my M.Sc, I took a break from being a student and worked as a research associate at Carleton University where I researched and taught Canadian tectonics and structural geology. I also worked at the Geological Survey of Canada on U-Pb geochronology studies of felsic supracrustal rocks in the Eskay Creek area of the Canadian Cordillera and on Archean mafic-ultramafic intrusions in the Superior Province.

I began my PhD at the University of British Columbia in January 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Matthijs Smit and Dr. James Scoates. My research is primarily focused on Lu-Hf garnet geochronology analysis of orogenic garnet-peridotites and ultra-high pressure eclogites of the Western Gneiss Complex in southwestern Norway. Ultimately the study will evaluate models for the preservation of Archean crust and its temporal relationship to the underlying lithospheric mantle in addition to furthering our understanding of Caledonian ultra-high pressure metamorphism and orogenesis.