Brendan Dyck

Adjunct Professor

Areas of interest

Dr Dyck is a petrologist with interests in high-temperature metamorphism, crustal melting, and the crystallisation of silicate melt. His research combines field and petrographic techniques with phase equilibria modelling to better understand the processes that operate in the middle and lower crust. His active research includes: 1) the use of microstructural analysis to better understand how granitic melt behaves during crystallisation, 2) high-pressure dehydration reactions in subducted oceanic crust and, 3) understanding the role of heterogeneous nucleation in metamorphic reactions. Brendan's research involves field-based studies in areas such as the Coast Plutonic Complex and the Shushwap Metamorphic Complex in British Columbia, as well as work in Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, and the Austrian Alps. Brendan is looking for motivated students with an interest in metamorphic petrology and microstructural analysis. Projects include detailed mapping and sampling for in-situ mineral chemical (EMPA) and microstructural (EBSD, CL, BSE) analyses.


  • B.Sc., Lund University, Sweden, 2010
  • M.Sc., Lund University, Sweden, 2012
  • Ph.D., University of Oxford, U.K., 2016
  • 1851 Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, U.K., 2016,2017


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.