Dr. Alison Leitch

Professional Affiliations: American Geophysical Union, Canadian Geophysical Union, Geological Association of Canada, Geological Society of America


Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office: ER 4041
Phone: 709-864-3306
Fax: 709-864-2589
E-mail: aleitch@mun.ca

Research Interests

  • Field Studies in Geophysics - The focus is on the use of geophysical techniques (gravity, magnetics, ground probing radar) to study the nature and geometry of the subsurface and the relationship with tectonic history.  
  • Field Studies in Geology - The interest is in emplacement and dynamics of igneous bodies. These studies involve geological and geophysical mapping, petrology and geochronology. 
  • Laboratory based studies of magma chamber dynamics - Crystallization, melting and mixing are investigated in small (decimeter scale) transparent tanks, using ices and waxes and hot salty solutions as analogs for rocks and magmas. The experiments investigate processes responsible for the differentiation of igneous rocks and the formation of magmatic ore deposits.
  • Computational models of magma dynamics - 2D computer simulations using commercial software COMSOL Multiphysics are used to model flow and convection in magma bodies. I am particularly interested in mingling of magmas.


Earth Sciences

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000