Rebecca Pearce

Fellow & Research Lead, Ultradeep Geothermal Project
Cascade Institute
Royal Roads University

Areas of interest

Geothermal energy resources, geophysics, volcanology


  • M.Sc. University College London (UCL), 2015
  • Ph.D., University College London (UCL), 2020
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, SFU, 2021~2023


Rebecca graduated with a PhD from University College London (UCL) in early 2020, with expertise in applying geophysical field methods, including magnetotellurics, passive seismology, gravity and time-domain electromagnetics. Her doctoral research focussed on locating hydrothermal resources in the volcanic and tectonically active Chilean Andes. She has since used these expertise to prospect geothermal resources in northern BC for one of Canada’s leading geothermal companies, Borealis Geopower/Kitselas Geothermal Inc., and has expanded her field skills while working for a geophysical exploration company, Initial Exploration Services. In collaboration with five other SFU based PDF’s, Rebecca’s post-doctoral research will involve combining muon tomography, airborne magnetometry and gravimetry to develop a new technique of mineral resource, in order to improve the environmental impact of metallic mineral extraction

Recent Publications

  1. Pearce, R.K., Sánchez de la Muela, A., Moorkamp, M., Hammond, J.O., Mitchell, T.M., Cembrano, J., Araya Vargas, J., Meredith, P.G., Iturrieta, P., Pérez‐Estay, N. and Marshall, N.R. (2020) Reactivation of Fault Systems by Compartmentalized Hydrothermal Fluids in the Southern Andes Revealed by Magnetotelluric and Seismic Data. Tectonics, 39, e2019TC00599, doi: 10.1029/2019TC005997.