I received my PhD from the University of Toronto (Ontario, Canada) in 1971. In 1970 I began my teaching career at Memorial University, attaining the title of Full Professor in 1992.

Research Interests

  • Rock magnetic properties and their physical origin
  • Paleomagnetism and Late Precambrian - Early Paleozoic plate tectonics

I have concentrated on improving our understanding of how rocks acquire and retain stable magnetization. This is then applied to help improve the reliability of paleomagnetic studies - including my own which have dealt mostly with the Newfoundland Appalachians and the history of the Iapetus Ocean. The paleomagnetic studies have often benefited from the collaboration of U-Pb geogronologists in our department.


Collecting the Skinner Cove Volcanics of Western Newfoundland