Dr. Malone to Speak on Geologic Evolution of Ellesmere Island

Geology Seminar, Friday 3/21, 1:30-2:30 PM

“A zircon based perspective into the geologic evolution of northern Ellesmere Island:  Insights into the tectonics of the Canadian High Arctic”

Dr. Shawn J. Malone was raised in southern California and South Carolina, graduating from Wando  High School in 1999.  He attended the College of Charleston, South Carolina, where he completed his B.Sc. in Geology / minor in Sociology in 2004.  He attended the University of Florida from 2004 to 2007, completing his M.Sc. degree in Geological Sciences.  His thesis, entitled, “Paleomagnetism and detrital zircon geochronology of the Upper Vindhyan sequence, Rajasthan and Son Valley, India: a possible 500 Ma downward revision in the age of the Purana basins?” investigated the Proterozoic paleogeography of peninsular India.  Dr. Malone worked at a geotechnical consulting firm for a year, and then started a dissertation at the University of Iowa.  He taught numerous the mineralogy-petrology labs and was a teaching assistant for the Iowa field courses.  His research focused on the use of zircon as a record of tectonic processes, not just as a time keeper.  This dissertation examined the origins and evolution of the Pearya terrane, currently emplaced onto northernmost Ellesmere Island, but with exotic origins.   Dr. Malone defended his dissertation in 2012, and is currently a visiting assistant professor with the University at Buffalo.