Dr. Graham Layne



Contact Information

Office: CSF 1233 (Core Science Facility) 
Phone: 709-864-3766
Fax: 709-864-7437
Email: gdlayne@mun.ca


B.Sc. (Toronto), 1981
Ph.D. (Toronto), 1988

Research Interests

Microanalytical Geochemistry & Applied Mineralogy

Geochemical investigations involving the application of Secondary Ion Mass  Spectrometry (SIMS), and allied microanalytical techniques, to the quantitative elemental and isotopic analysis of natural and synthetic materials. Current emphases:

  • Geochemistry of Magmatic and Volcanic Volatiles
  • Application of Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry to the Light Stable Isotope Analysis of Natural Materials
  • Applications of Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry in Biogeochemistry (especially Marine Biomineralization)
  • Automated Procedures for Location and Characterization of Precious Metal Grains using Scanning Electron Microscopy-Mineral Liberation Analysis (SEM-MLA)
  • Development of Advanced Mass Spectrometric Instrumentation for the Microbeam Determination of Isotope Ratios
  • Application of Raman Spectroscopy to the Study of Hydrothermal Alteration

Ore Deposits Geochemistry

Integrated field and laboratory studies of hydrothermal and magmatic ore deposits. Research emphasizes the geological context, ore forming processes, sequence and timing of mineral deposition. Current emphases:

  • Geochemistry of Hydrothermal Ore Deposits
  • Metallogeny of the Avalonian Terrane in Atlantic Canada
  • Epigenetic Precious Metals Deposits and associated Plutonism-Volcanism in the Neoproterozoic of Eastern North America
  • Orogenic Gold Deposits in the Dunnage Zone of Central Newfoundland

Graduate Opportunities