Department of Earth SciencesWestern Science

Dr. Patricia Corcoran

Sedimentary Petrology, Precambrian Geology

Patricia Corcoran

Director, Centre for Environment & Sustainability
Associate Professor & Undergraduate Chair

Ph.D. Dalhousie University, 2001
Office: BGS 0164
Labs: BGS 1004, 1024
Phone: (519) 661-2111 x.86836
Website: corcorangroup.wordpress.com
Email: pcorcor@uwo.ca


Research Interests

Earth's surface and atmospheric processes; the effects of climate, transport and recycling on sedimentary textures and composition; Precambrian facies analysis; distribution and degradation of plastic particles in marine and fresh water sediment.

Selected Publications

Corcoran, P.L., 2015. Benthic plastic debris in marine and fresh water environments. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts, 17: 1363-1369.

Corcoran, P.L., Norris, T., Ceccanese, T., Walzak, M.J., Helm, P.A., Marvin, C.H., 2015. Hidden plastics of Lake Ontario, Canada and their potential preservation in the sediment record. Environmental Pollution, 204: 17-25.

Corcoran, P.L., Moore, C., Jazvac, K., 2014. An anthropogenic marker horizon in the future rock record. GSA Today, 24: 4-8.

Zbyszewski, M., Corcoran P.L., Hockin, A., 2014. Sources and Sinks for Plastic Debris in the Great Lakes of North America. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 40: 288-299.

Corcoran, P.L., Bumby, A.J. and Davis, D.W., 2013. Provenance of the Paleoproterozoic Waterberg Group, South Africa: evidence from detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology, geochemistry and petrography. Precambrian Research, 230: 45-60.

Courses Taught

Earth Sciences 2250Y: Introductory Field Mapping Techniques
Earth Sciences 3314B: Sedimentary Petrology
Geology 9580A/9680A: Graduate Seminar

Students

Current Graduate Students:
Anika Ballent, 09/2014 - present, M.Sc. candidate
Bethany Dean, 09/2013 - present, M.Sc. candidate
Carolyn Hill, 01/2014 - present, Ph.D. candidate
Tim Howe 09/2015 – present, Ph.D. candidate
Mansour Al-Hashim 09/2011 – present, Ph.D. candidate