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DR. SCOTT JESS

Thermochronologist at the University of Calgary

 

MY STORY

I am currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Calgary, Canada, working with Dr Eva Enkelmann and the Geo and thermochronology research group. In 2018 I graduated from the University of Aberdeen with PhD in Geology, following a BSc in Earth Science from the University of Glasgow.

I am principally interested in how mountains form through the coupling of tectonic, climate and surface processes, especially in extensional environments. Additionally, I am working on improving analytical methods in the field of thermochronology and analysing complex age datasets.

 

EMPLOYMENT

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

January 2019 - January 2021

My role is to conduct research into fission track methodological experimentation and advancement, and the application of low-temperature thermochronology to investigate the evolution of the Canadian Cordillera. Further work includes the supervision of postgraduate students, manuscript publication and the presentation of work at conferences.

 

PUBLICATIONS

DEMPSTER, T. and JESS, S.A., 2015. Ikaite pseudomorphs in Neoproterozoic Dalradian slates record Earth’s coldest metamorphism. Journal of the Geological Society, 172(4), pp.459-464.

JESS, S.A., STEPHENSON, R. and BROWN, R., 2018. Evolution of the central West Greenland margin and the Nuussuaq Basin: Localised basin uplift along a stable continental margin proposed from thermochronological data. Basin Research, 30(6), pp.1230-1246.

JESS, S.A., STEPHENSON, R.A., ROBERTS, D.H. and BROWN, R. 2019. Differential erosion of a Mesozoic rift flank: Establishing the source of topography across Karrat, central West Greenland, Geomorphology. doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2019.02.026

JESS, S.A., STEPHENSON, R.A., BROWN, R. and NIELSEN, S.B., (in prep.), Cenozoic history of the Cumberland Peninsula, Baffin Island, Arctic Canada: differential erosion of a North Atlantic rift flank, Journal of the Geological Society, October. 2018.

JESS, S.A., PEACE, A. and SCHIFFER, C., (in review), The West Greenland Drainage System: the sedimentary source of both the Cretaceous Nuussuaq Basin and Palaeogene Sisimiut basin. Terra Nova, May 2019.

 

FUNDING

THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, DANIEL PIDGEON FUND

April 2019

£1400 to carry out (U-Th)/He analysis on samples from the Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda.

NERC CDT IN OIL AND GAS STUDENTSHIP

October 2014 – October 2018

£71,436 to undertake four years of PhD Research at the University of Aberdeen.

NERC CDT IN OIL AND GAS RESEARCH TRAIN SUPPORT GRANT

October 2014 – October 2018

£20,000 to support the training and research of PhD student as part of the NERC CDT in Oil and Gas.

 

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

PHD, UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

October 2014 - September 2018

Thesis Title: Resolving the timing of major erosion events along the West Greenland-Baffin-Bylot continental margins utilising low-temperature thermo-chronology.

BSC, UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

October 2010 - June 2014

Courses: Advanced Sequence Stratigraphy, Orogens and Basins, Petroleum Geology, Macro-geomorphology, Tectonic Geomorphology, Isotope Geology, Geophysics, Digital Geoscience, Economic Minerals, Igneous Petrology & Geochemistry, Major Earth Processes, Metamorphic Petrology, Sedimentary Geology, Stratigraphy, Structural Geology, Engineering Earth Science

 

PROFICIENCIES

FISSION TRACK ANALYSIS

(U-TH)/HE ANALYSIS

THERMAL MODELLING

GIS

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

FIELD WORK

 

CONTACT

Earth Science,
507 Campus Dr NW,
Calgary, AB, 
T2N 4V8,
Canada

+1 403 220-6679

 
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