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
Shoufa Lin's research focuses on structural geology and its applications for mineral deposit study and exploration. A major part of his research concerns the structural and tectonic evolution of orogenic belts, Archean tectonics and kinematics and tectonic significance of shear zones.
Professor Lin also leads the University of Waterloo's Science 2+2 collaborative undergraduate exchange program with China.
Office: ESC 205
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 36557
- Structural geology, plate tectonics
- Mineral and resource exploration
Professor Lin's research focuses on structural geology and its applications to the study of and exploration for mineral deposits.
A major part of his research is concerned with the structural and tectonic evolution of orogenic belts, Archean tectonics and kinematics and tectonic significance of shear zones.
His research into the economic aspects of structural geology deals with both structural controls on emplacement and structural modification of the geometry and location of mineral deposits.
Professor Lin's research is mostly field based with sites in the Canadian Appalachians, the Canadian Cordillera, the Superior and Slave cratons and other parts of Canada, and various parts of China.
Professor Lin leads the University of Waterloo's Science 2+2 exchange program with China.
His course offerings have included
- Introductory Structural Geology;
- Advanced Structural Geology;
- Methods in Geological Field Mapping;
- various courses at the graduate level.
Recent publications include
- Wu, M., Lin, S., Wan, Y., Gao, G., 2016. Crustal evolution of the Eastern Block in the North China Craton: constraints from zircon U-Pb geochronology and Lu-Hf isotopes of the Northern Liaoning Complex. Precambrian Research, doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2015.12.013.
- Cleven, N.R., Lin, S., Xiao, W.J., 2015. The Hongliuhe fold-and-thrust belt: Evidence of terminal collision and suture-reactivation after the Early Permian in the Beishan orogenic collage, Northwest China. Gondwana Research, v. 27, p. 796–810.
- Cleven, N., Lin, S., Guilmette, C., Xiao, W., Davis, B. 2015. Petrogenesis and implications for tectonic setting of Cambrian suprasubduction-zone ophiolitic rocks in the central Beishan orogenic collage, Northwest China. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, v. 113, p. 369–390, doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2014.10.038.
- Li, L., Lin, S., Xing, G., Ren, S., Li, J. 2014. Petrogenesis and mantle source characteristics of Cenozoic alkaline diabase, Jiangxi Province, southeastern China. International Geology Review, V. 56, No. 16, 1919–1931. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00206814.2014.971447.
- Li, L., Lin, S., Davis, D.W., Xiao, W., Xing, G., Yin, C., 2014. Geochronology and geochemistry of igneous rocks from the Kongling terrane: Implications for Mesoarchean to Paleoproterozoic crustal evolution of the Yangtze Block. Precambrian Research, v. 255, p. 30–47.
Awards and Distinctions
- 2014 Outstanding Performance Award
- 2004 W.W. Hutchison Medal of the Geological Association of Canada
- 2004 William Harvey Gross Medal of the Mineral Deposits Division of the Geological Association of Canada
- 2001 Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award
- 1998 Best Paper Award of the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Association of Canada
- 1993 Governor-General's Gold Medal
- 1992 Best Thesis Award of the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Association of Canada
University of Waterloo Affiliations
- Associate Dean, International Programs, Faculty of Science
- Program head, Science 2+2 Program
Professional Associations and Service
GEOLOGY Editorial Board Member
Mentorship Medal Committee Chair, Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences