Dr. Mary Louise Hill


Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 343-8319
Office Location: 
CB 4009
Academic Qualifications: 
  • H.B.Sc. (Carleton University)
  • Ph.D. (Princeton University)
Previous Teaching/Work: 

Mary Louise joined the Department of Geology in 2004 after serving as Vice-President (Academic) and Provost at Lakehead University from 1999 to 2004. She taught in the Department of Geology at Temple University, Philadelphia from 1983 to 1999.

Current TeachingS:

  • Geology 1110/1111   Planet Earth
  • Environmental Studies 1111/1112   Planet Earth
  • Geology 3217            Metamorphism
  • Geology 3310            Structural Geology and Tectonics 
  • Geology 4015            Basic Scientific Methods in Geol. 
  • Geology 4161            Field School
  • Geology 4313            Geological Case Studies
Research Interests: 

Mary Louise's research focuses on high-temperature deformation of metamorphic rock, the recognition and interpretation of ductile shear zones, and tectonic analysis of metamorphic terrains. She is currently working to establish a research program of field-based geological investigations in northwestern Ontario.

Most projects involve the analysis and interpretation of high-temperature ductile shear zones in Archean rock, including deformation of banded iron formation and implications for economic gold mineralization. She is also engaged in structural investigations of Proterozoic lithologies in northwestern Ontario, in conjunction with ongoing investigations by other northern researchers.

The following projects form part of this developing research program: Archean shear-zone-hosted gold deposits; structural geology of the Musselwhite Mine (with Andrew Cheatle and members of the Geology Department, Musselwhite Mine); deformation of banded iron formation in the Beardmore-Geraldton area (with Phil Fralick, Department of Geology, Lakehead University); deformation of the Gunflint Formation near Pass Lake, Ontario (with Mark Smyk, Ontario Geological Survey).

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