Dept of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Centre for Environmental and Information Technology (EIT)
200 University Ave. W
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567
Martin Ross aims to understand the Earth’s recent past; more specifically, the glaciations of the Quaternary Period, which encompasses the last 2.6 million years of Earth’s history.
Reconstructing past glaciations helps scientists better understand how glaciers have modified the surface of the Earth and its shallow subsurface. This knowledge can be applied to a wide range of problems including mineral exploration under glacial sediment cover, natural hazards, and water resources in glaciated watersheds.
Office: EIT 2045
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 38171
Applied Quaternary geology (e.g. hydrostratigraphy, drift exploration),
3D geologic modeling and GIS,
Glacial geology, sedimentology, sediment geochemistry, shallow geophysics
Professor Ross' research is focused on past glacial environments with particular emphasis on glacial sediment-landsystems, landscape evolution of glaciated terrains, and related applications (e.g. drift prospecting and hydrostratigraphy). The general goals are to:
- advance our understanding of ice sheet dynamics;
- determine the origin of complex subglacial landform assemblages;
- establish the net effect of glaciations on sediment dispersion and;
- establish subsurface sedimentary architecture of glaciated terrains.
The approach is multi-faceted, involving the examination of glacial features and sediments in the field or from borehole samples and logs, as well as in the laboratory (e.g. sediment properties and composition, geochronology).
He also uses high-resolution shallow geophysics (e.g. seismic, Ground-penetrating radar [GPR]), satellite imagery and digital elevation models, as well as computer geomodeling tools to visualize, analyze and interpret the data in their spatial context.
His research group is particularly active in investigating the imprint of palaeo-ice streams, the glacial erosion and dispersal patterns in Arctic Canada, as well as the stratigraphy and hydrostratigraphy of glaciated terrains at various scales from buried valleys to continental sediment cover.
More information on his current projects can be found on the following websites:
Integrated Multi-Parameter Footprints of Ore Systems: The Next Generation of Ore Deposit Models - NSERC-CMIC Industrial Research Network
Slave Province Surficial Materials and Permafrost Study - Northwest Territories Geological Survey
Professor Ross' course offerings have included
- Introduction to sedimentology (UW)
- Quaternary geology (UW)
- International field trips (UW)
- Global problems of the Quaternary (UW)
- Special topics courses: Ice sheet dynamics (UW)
- 3D Geomodelling (UW and Turku, Finland)
Recent publications include
Atkinson, L.A., Ross, M., Stumpf, A.J., 2014. Three-dimensional hydrofacies assemblages in ice-contact/proximal sediments forming a heterogeneous "hybrid" hydrostratigraphic unit in central Illinois, USA. Hydrogeology Journal, 22(7): 1605-1624. doi. 10.1007/s10040-014-1156-7
Trommellen, M.S., Ross, M., 2014. Distribution and type of sticky spots at the centre of a deglacial streamlined lobe in northeastern Manitoba, Canada. Boreas. 10.1111/bor.12064
Trommelen, M.S., Ross, M., Campbell J.E., 2014. Ribbed moraines in northern Manitoba, Canada: Characteristics and formation as part of asubglacial bed mosaic near the core regions of ice sheets. Quaternary Science Reviews 87: 135-155.
Please see Martin Ross' ResearchGate profile for a current list of his peer-reviewed articles.
University of Waterloo Affiliations
- Member, The Water Institute
Professional Associations and Service
2016 Chair of the Canadian Sedimentology Research Group (CSRG)
2015 Guest Editor (Journal of Sedimentary Geology)
2015 Vice-Chair, Canadian Sedimentology Research Group (CSRG)
2012-present Graduate Officer, Department of Earth & Env. Sciences, U. Waterloo
2012-2014 Geological Association of Canada (GAC), Council member, Chair Science Program
2011-2012 Geological Association of Canada (GAC), Council member, Science Program Committee
2005-present Reviewer for several national and international scientific journals and funding agencies
2007-present UW representative, Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists
2009-2010 FQRNT Panel member – Subcommittee Environnement/Sol/Air B
2008-2009 NSERC reviewer – Strategic Projects, Panel A and Panel B
2007 FQRNT reviewer – Early career researcher program
Professional affiliations: Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (Registered Professional Geoscientist), Geological, Association of Canada, Canadian Quaternary Association, Canadian Geomorphology Research Group, Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union
2004 PhD Earth Sciences, Université du Québec (INRS Research Institute)
1997 MSc Earth Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
1994 BSc Earth Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)