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John Westgate (Emeritus)


 Emeritus Professor

University of Toronto
Department of Earth Sciences

22 Ursula Franklin St., Toronto
Ontario, Canada M5S 3B1

Tel.:  416 978 6375


e-mail: westgate@es.utoronto.ca

Research Interests

Title of Research Field
Late Cenozoic Tephrochronology and Glass-Fission-Track Dating

Members of Research Group
Professor Emeritus John Westgate
Dr. Shari Preece, Research Associate

Brief statement of nature of research
Tephrochronology is concerned with the use of tephra beds (volcanic ash layers) to develop reliable, regional, time-stratigraphic frameworks and an improved understanding of the record of volcanism through their identification, correlation, and dating.  The major thrust of current studies is in support of palaeoenvironmental/palaeoecological studies of Late Cenozoic sediments in the Yukon Territory and interior Alaska.