Simon Fraser University




Dr. Shahin Dashtgard

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Dr. Shahin Dashtgard

Dr. Shahin Dashtgard
Associate 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

Research Focus

My research focus for the past 10 years is on characterizing modern coastlines as analogues for sedimentary media preserved in the rock record. In particular, I study the lateral and vertical distribution of sediments (sedimentology) and burrows (neoichnology) in modern marginal-marine settings. Research activites are presently concentrated on the Fraser River Delta and its associated distributaries. 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.

I also conduct research on siliciclastic sedimentary rocks, with application to the Petroleum Industry. This research is concentrated on two units, the McMurray Formation and Cardium Formation (Alberta, Canada), and involves quantifying sedimentologic and ichnologic characteristics (e.g., sand and mud bed thicknesses, burrow densities). Quantified sedimentologic and ichnologic data are then compared to porosity-permeability distributions and to production data.In the McMurray Fm, northeast Alberta, research is focused on the middle- to upper-McMurray, which is partly composed of ancient point bars deposited in a paleo-estuarine setting. These deposits are economically vital due to the vast oil sands contained within the sandstones. Research on the Cardium Fm is focused on defining the sedimentological and ichnological characteristics of tight oil reservoirs, and refining depositional and stratigraphic models for these recently "dicovered" pools.


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