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

Twitter: @sdashtgard
LinkedIn: Shahin Dashtgard

Research Focus

My research is presently focused in two areas: 1) the Nanaimo Basin, Vancouver Island; and, 2) the McMurray Formation, Alberta. In the Nanaimo Basin, we are developing a sequence stratigraphic architecture for the basin utilizing outcrop exposures, fossils and microfossils, and detrital zircons. The sequence stratigraphic model is intended to replace the existing lithostratigraphic model, and will provide a better understanding of the hgeological history of Vancouver Island. 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 Ahtabasca Oil Sands and an appreciation for geological controls on the distribution of bitumen.

Previously, I focused my research 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.


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