Simon Fraser University




Dr. Shahin Dashtgard

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Dr. Shahin Dashtgard

Dr. Shahin Dashtgard
Professor, Earth Sciences, SFU

Room 7227, Technology and Science Complex (TASC) 1
8888 University Drive, SFU
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

Phone: (778) 782-5492
Fax:     (778) 782-4198

Twitter: @sdashtgard
LinkedIn: Shahin Dashtgard

Research Focus

My research is focused in two areas: 1) Nanaimo Basin, Vancouver Island; and, 2) McMurray Formation, Alberta. In the Nanaimo Basin, my students and I are developing a sequence stratigraphic architecture for this active-margin basin utilizing outcrop exposures, subsurface cores, and detrital zircon signatures. The sequence stratigraphic model is intended to replace the existing lithostratigraphic model, and will provide a better understanding of the evolution of active-margin basins. 2) Work on the McMurray Formation is part of a large research consortium between academia and industry aimed at resolving the architecture of the McMurray Sub-Basin. The end result will be a basin-wide sequence stratigraphic model of the Athabasca Oil Sands, and characterization of complex, stacked fluvial-tidal strata.

I also continue to conduct research characterizing modern depositional environments as analogues for sedimentary strata. In particular, I study the lateral and vertical distribution of sediments (sedimentology) and burrows (neoichnology) in modern marginal-marine settings. My modern analog research includes studies of the Fraser River Delta (Canada), Strait of Georgia (Canada), Vancouver Island Beaches (Canada), Bay of Fundy (Canada), Mitchell Delta (Australia), Columbia River Estuary (USA), Willapa Bay (USA), Tillamook Bay (USA), Gironde Estuary (France), and Arcachon Bay (France). The results of this work are used to construct and refine sedimentological and ichnological facies models that aid in the interpretation of sedimentary rocks in outcrop and in the subsurface.


EASC 610 - Petroleum Geology (graduate class)
EASC 611 - Advanced Sedimentology (graduate class)
EASC 622 - Principles of Ichnology (graduate class)
EASC 707 - Special Topics - Scientific Writing (graduate class)

EASC 420 - Petroleum Geology
EASC 402 - Advanced Sedimentology
EASC 310W - Paleontology (Writing Intensive)
EASC 308 - Field School 2 (Sedimentology and Environmental Geology)
EASC 302 - Sedimentary Petrology
EASC 210 - Historical Geology