Daniel Gibson

Earth Sciences

Areas of interest

Dr. Gibson is interested in crustal processes associated with mountain building events (orogenesis). His research focuses on structural, petrological, and geochronological analyses of rocks typically exhumed from deep crustal levels within the core of a mountain belt (orogen). Dr. Gibson's research is field- and lab-intensive, focusing on modern and ancient orogens that include the Mesozoic-Cenozoic Canadian Cordillera of British Columbia and Yukon Territory, as well as Neoarchean-Paleoproterozoic orogens that characterize the Canadian Shield within Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Fieldwork involves bedrock mapping and sample collection for structural, petrological, and geochronological analyses. Dr. Gibson also pursues state-of-the-art petrochronological techniques that utilize chemical mapping and in-situ U-Th-Pb analyses of radiogenic minerals such as monazite and zircon to link precise geochronologic ages with specific metamorphic and structural processes.


  • B.A., Colgate University, USA, 1994
  • M.Sc., Carleton University, Canada, 1997
  • Ph.D., Carleton University, Canada, 2003