Research Group

 

Overview

Dr. Kendall is a geochemist who uses the elemental concentrations and isotope compositions of geological materials to:

• Develop and use novel isotopic techniques to reconstruct the history of atmosphere and ocean oxygenation through time and its cause and effect relationships with biological evolution, seawater chemistry, biogeochemical cycles, and natural resource deposits 

• Develop innovative geochemical methods that can serve as process tracers for energy and mineral resources, thereby improving genetic models of resource formation as well as exploration strategies for these important resources

 

Specific research themes:

• Development and application of the molybdenum, uranium, thallium, rhenium, and osmium isotope systems and redox-sensitive metal concentrations as tracers for local and global ocean redox conditions, and oxidative continental weathering and seafloor hydrothermal fluxes of metals (including bioessential metals) to the Precambrian and early Phanerozoic oceans

• Reconstruction of sedimentary environments using inorganic geochemistry (trace element concentrations and metal isotope compositions) of conventional and unconventional petroleum source rocks, and inferring the economic and environmental implications for energy resources

• Elemental geochemistry, metal isotope geochemistry, and geochronology of ore deposits and the implications for ore formation and exploration

 

Current PhD Students

Alexandra Kunert

Xinze Lu

Kazuhito Mizutani

 

Current MSc Students

Natasha Bell

Brianna Miller

 

Laboratory Technician

Sarah McCaugherty

 

Completed MSc Theses

Alexandra Kunert, MSc 2020
Reconstruction of local and global marine paleoredox conditions for the northeast-Panthalassan (British Columbia, Canada) expression of the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event using a multi-proxy approach

Shuai Yang, MSc 2019
Reconstruction of local and global marine paleoredox conditions during deposition of the Devonian-Mississippian Exshaw Formation (Black Shale Member) and the evaluation of hydrocarbon maturation effects

Waleed Gusti, MSc 2018
(co-supervised with Dr. Orfan Shouakar-Stash, IT2 Isotope Tracer Technologies Inc.)
The effectiveness of persulfate and hydrogen peroxide on the oxidation of hydrocarbon contaminants at 30 C: A study with focus on the performance of compound specific isotope analysis

Su Wang, MSc 2018
Development of Mo isotopes as petroleum tracers: the Phosphoria petroleum system, Bighorn Basin, U.S.A.

Alysa Segato, MSc 2018
Mo isotope variations in molybdenites at single-crystal, ore deposit, and global scales: Implications for Mo source fluid, transport, fractionation mechanisms, and molybdenite mineralization

Yan Zhang, MSc 2017
Experimental determination of the extent of Fe(III) reduction and Fe isotope fractionation during microbial reduction of ferrihydrite in freshwater systems by sulfate-reducing bacteria

Ahmad Abuharara, MSc 2017
(co-supervised with Dr. Orfan Shouakar-Stash, IT2 Isotope Tracer Technologies Inc.)
Using isotopes to understand the origin of water and the effect of reinjection in the Los Azufers geothermal field in Mexico

Jieying Wang, MSc 2016
Uranium and molybdenum isotope constraints on ocean redox conditions during deposition of the upper Devonian Kettle Point Formation, Ontario

Xinze Lu, MSc 2016
Reconstruction of local and global marine redox conditions during deposition of Late Ordovician and Early Silurian organic-rich mudrocks in the Siljan ring district, central Sweden

Benoit Charette, MSc 2016 
(co-supervised with Dr. Carl Guilmette, Laval)
Long-lived anatexis in the exhumed middle crust from the Torngat Orogen and eastern Core Zone: Constraints from geochronology, petrochronology, and phase equilibria modeling

Aaron Bustard, MSc 2016
(co-supervised with Dr. Martin Ross, Waterloo)
Fingerprinting and tracing the signature of basement-hosted unconformity-type uranium alteration through thick Quaternary tills: An example from the Thelon Basin, Nunavut


Completed MSc Course-Based Students

Chuqi Zhou, 2021

Zisen Ma, 2018

Wanzhen Lin, 2017

 

BSc Honors Thesis Students

Jessica Verschoor, current

Sterling Whittaker Hawkins, 2021 (co-supervised)

Natasha Bell, 2019

Mitchell Jones, 2019

Benjamin Hartwell, 2018

Xuxin Hu, 2018

Yinuo Li, 2018

Sarah Matthews, 2018

Zhaochen Xiang, 2017

Congxi Zhu, 2017

Jian Liu, 2017

Chi Zhang, 2017

Di Zhao, 2017

Alexandra Kunert, 2016

Shuai Yang, 2016

Xuange Sun, 2016

Zhaoyu Huang, 2016

Hakyung Choi, 2016

Patrick Brunet, 2015

Wenyue Zuo, 2015

Su Wang, 2015

Shuo Liang, 2015

Caroline Thompson, 2015

Derek Piitz, 2014

Cynthia Davis, 2014

Ryan Truong, 2014

Fengzhou Wang, 2014

Alex Sheen, 2014

Nengzhao Yan, 2013

Sinong Lin, 2013

Zhixiang Jia, 2013

Christopher Scholz, 2013

Xinze Lu, 2013

Alysa Segato, 2013

 

Former Research Staff

Dr. Liyan Xing, 2015-2017

 

Undergraduate Co-op Students and Research Assistants

Annika Kjerulf, 2021 (co-op, NSERC USRA)

Johnathan Clarke, 2020 and 2021 (co-op)

Gavin MacDougall, 2020 (co-op)

Isabella Bowman, 2019 (research assistant)

Michelle Wong, 2016 (co-op)

Alex Sheen, 2013 (NSERC USRA)