Ben Tutolo

Dr. Benjamin Tutolo

Department of Geoscience | University of Calgary
Earth Science 550, 2500 University Dr. NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4 CANADA
Office: (403) 210-7758

Associate Professor (2021-present) and Acting Associate Head of Research & Innovation (2022-present)Department of Geoscience
Chair, Ocean Networks Canada Ocean Observatories Council
Secretary, Geochemical Society
Associate Editor, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Assistant Professor, Department of Geoscience, 2017-2021
Postdoc, University of Oxford, 2015-2017 (In Nick Tosca's Chemical Sedimentology research group)
PhD Geology, University of Minnesota, 2015 (Advised by Bill Seyfried and Martin Saar)
B.S. Environmental Systems Engineering, Pennsylvania State University,  2010

Research interests: I'm a geochemist working to understand how interactions between rocks, water, and gases affect climate, habitability, and life on Earth and Mars.

Arthi Gopalakrishnan

Dr. Arthi Gopalakrishnan, Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar

Department of Geoscience | University of Calgary

Earth Science 570 | 2500 University Dr. NW

Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 CANADA

PhD, Indian Institute of Technology, 2021 Hyderabad/Swinburne University of Technology

MTech, Anna University, 2014

BE, Anna University, 2012

Research interests: Arthi is a University of Calgary Eyes High Postdoctoral scholar working on developing and implementing electrochemical techniques for capturing CO2 from the atmosphere.

Christiaan Laureijs

Dr. Christiaan Laureijs

Department of Geoscience | University of Calgary
Earth Science 570, 2500 University Dr. NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada

PhD, University of Victoria, 2021

MSc, University of Bern, 2013

BSc, University of Bern, 2011

Research interests: Chris is funded by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and NSERC to examine natural carbonation processes in sub-seafloor basalts.  To do this, he is integrating data and samples obtained from Cascadia Basin and land-based analogues.

Qin Zhang

Dr. Qin Zhang

Department of Geoscience | University of Calgary 
Earth Science 570, 2500 University Dr. NW 
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4 CANADA 

PhD, University of Calgary, 2022

MSc, University of Pennsylvania, 2017

BSc, University of Illinois, 2015

Research Interests: Qin is a postdoctoral scholar, co-supervised by Dr. Chen Zhu (Indiana University) through a National Science Foundation sub-award to the University of Calgary. Qin will be using silicon isotopic doping techniques to examine the near-equlibrium rates of feldspar dissolution.

Simone Pujatti

Simone Pujatti, PhD Student

Department of Geoscience | University of Calgary  
Earth Science 570, 2500 University Dr. NW  
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4 CANADA 

Research Interests:  Simone's PhD project will place constraints on fluid flow, Fe oxidation, and reduced gas generation during serpentinization.  He will use an an array of high resolution, novel techniques to quantify these properties on drill core, outcrop, and experimental samples.  

Cameron Wood

Cameron Wood, PhD Student

Department of Geoscience | University of Calgary  
Earth Science 570, 2500 University Dr. NW  
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4 CANADA 

Research Interests:  Cameron's PhD project will place constraints on Rare Earth Element (REE) enrichments in phosphorites in Canadian sedimentary rocks.  Cameron's work is co-supervised by Dr. Steve Grasby from the Geological Survey of Canada, and is funded by GSC through the Research Affiliate Program bursary fund.

Serhat Sevgen

Serhat Sevgen, PhD Student

Department of Geoscience | University of Calgary
Earth Science 570, 2500 University Dr. NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4 CANADA

Research Interests: Kinetics of serpentine mineral growth, and serpentinization as a reactive transport process.

Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith, MSc Student

Working remotely

Research Interests: Controls on basement rock permeability and the potential for geothermal energy product by studying the hydrothermal history of basement rocks in the Williston Basin. 

Taylor's project is predominantly funded by the Geological Survey of Canada Research Affiliate Program, and she is co-supervised by Dr. Steve Grasby.  

Liam Walters

Liam Walters, MSc Student

Department of Geoscience | University of Calgary
Earth Science 570, 2500 University Dr. NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4 CANADA

Research Interests: Phosphate dynamics in saline lakes

Sarah Buck

Sarah Buck, GLGY 510 Student

Department of Geoscience | University of Calgary
ES 570, 2500 University Dr. NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4 CANADA

Research Interests: Petrographic, geochemical, and mineralogical characterization of ore-associated samples from British Columbia.

Former Group Members

-Juan Carlos de Obeso, Postdoc. 2020-2022. Current Assistant Prof at University of Utah.
-Daniel Ilg, 2022 NSERC USRA student. Current MSc student at UCalgary.
-Adedapo Awolayo, NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, 2020-2022. Currently Assistant Professor at McMaster University.
-Ian Fleming, 2022 GLGY 510, Thesis Title: Developing a Dataset for Greenalite Kinetics Through Silicon Isotope Doping 
-Aaron Irving, 2022 GLGY 509, Thesis Title: Geochemical Characterization of 8 High Arctic Rivers and their Geological Influence. Currently Junior Environmental Geologist at Jacobs Engineering Group.
-Dr. Yury Klyukin, postdoc 2020-2022: Mineralogical scaling in once-through steam generators (OTSGs)Currently employed at Yukon Geological Survey.
-Dr. Alec Hutchings, postdoc 2021: "Do alkaline lakes contribute to Earth's carbon cycle over geologic time?"  Currently employed at UK Environment Agency
-Hannah Robutka, BSc, 2021, GLGY 510 Thesis title: "Raman and EMP analysis of spectral shifts due to Fe-Mg content of serpentine"
-Jasmine Chase, BSc, 2021, "A Series of Data-Driven Hypotheses for Inferring Biogeochemical Conditions in Alkaline Lakes and Their Deposits Based on the Behavior of Mg and SiO2" published in Minerals
-Zhengqiang Che, MSc 2021, Thesis title: Probing the application of kinetic theory to Mg-phyllosilicate growth with Si isotope doping
-Brad EarlBSc 2021,GLGY 510 Thesis title: Method Development in Serpentinite Thermochronology and Geochemistry: Challenges and Opportunities of Magnetite (U/Th)/He Thermochronology and Determination of Ferrous Iron via Coupled ICP-OES and Potentiometric Titration
-Yi Yang, GLGY 701 MSc 2020 Water-alternating-gas injection simulations analyzing the impacts of WAG ratio and WAG cycle on CO2 storage in oceanic basalts 
-John Byng, GLGY 509 2020 Kinetic Modelling and Calculation of Anorthite Surface Area
-Aaron Claeys, GLGY 5010 2019-2020 X-ray synchrotron computed microtomography (𝜇-CT) analysis
of the pore network of hydrothermal vent chimneys from the East Pacific Rise
-Calista Brown, USRA researcher summer 2020 project: Carbonation rate sensitivity analysis for CO2 storage seafloor basalts
-Dr. Sofia Escario, postdoc 2019-2020:  Currently employed at Orano (France).
-Simone Shelley, GLGY 510 Thesis title: Observing the effects of temperature and magnesium concentration on boiler feed waters in once-through-steam-generators
-Maria Arizaleta, GLGY 510 Thesis title: Experimentally constraining rates of sepiolite growth at ambient conditions
-Chujing Zhang, GLGY 701 Thesis title: Quantifying the effects of dissolved sulphate on the rates and mechanisms of siderite precipitation
-Taylor Kirschner, GLGY 509 Thesis title: Precipitation rates of carbonate minerals at 60 C with varying bottom seawater compositions and labradorite
-Daniela Gutierrez Rueda, GLGY 509 Thesis title: Did phyllosilicate minerals control silica concentrations in Precambrian oceans?
-Justin Koerner, GLGY 509 Thesis title: Sorption behaviour of lithium to gibbsite and kaolinite in relation to pH
-Kai Kokemor, GLGY 509 Thesis title: Replacement reactions and magnetic susceptibility of Oman serpentinites
-Yixuan Zhou, GLGY 701 MSc 2019: Mineralogical constraints on sedimentation in the soda lakes of the Cariboo Plateau, BC
-Dilpreet Khehra, summer 2019 undergraduate student, BSc 2020: Early diagenesis in alkaline lakes 
-Karim Kandil, BSc 2021: PURE Project: PFLOTRAN simulations of geothermal energy prospects in western Alberta
-Nolan Mitchell, BSc 2020: PURE Project: Constraining Flow Properties of Sandstones and Dolostones through X -ray Computed Tomography
-Stephen Schroeder, BSc 2019: 510 Thesis title: Laboratory Constraints on the Kinetics of Pyrite Oxidation in Alkaline Waters; NSERC USRA title: Brine Evolution and Major Ion Chemistry Modelling of Saline Lakes in the Cariboo Plateau, British Columbia 
-Adam Mitton, BSc 2019: 509 Thesis title: Experimental Examination of the Coupled Dissolution-Precipitation Kinetics of Ca-feldspar and Calcite at 80°C 
-Lexi Holmes, MSc (course-based) Class of 2018, MSc Thesis title: The characterization and geochemical modeling of black smoker chimney structures from 9°50' N, East Pacific Rise 
-Alicia Perkins, University of Calgary Class of 2018, 610 Thesis Title: Increased Solubility of Quartz: How Organic Compounds Interact with Silica in the Subsurface to Increase Complexation and Dissolution 
-Jenna Helmer, University of Calgary Class of 2018, Undergraduate Honors Thesis title: Experimental reexamination of sorption control on seawater silica concentrations in the Precambrian 
-Lingyan Luo, University of Calgary University of Calgary Class of 2019, GLGY 509 Thesis title: Constraining rates of silica diagenesis using laboratory experiments

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