Abstract of Presentations:
Dr. Michael C. Wilson
The global human population has undergone an unprecedented shift from dominantly rural to dominantly urban. Urban environments are focuses for human-geosphere interaction; yet Urban Geology often lacks integration. Urban geoheritage can help to build a sense of place appreciated by people of diverse backgrounds.
Canadian scholars have played strong roles in interpreting this transformation. This presentation examines the breadth and potential of Urban Geology in the context of Metro Vancouver, British Columbia. We explore the city's geological history and the developing urban geoheritage landscape, from exposures and landforms to building stones, with values for urban planning, education, public interpretation, and sense of place.
Dr. Lionel E. Jackson
Preliminary investigation of the history of sedimentation in lower Howe Sound fjord near Vancouver, B.C. indicates that no rock slide capable¬¬ of generating a destructive displacement wave has occurred during the latter half of the Holocene. Possible rock slide run-out deposits were detected along the western margin of Bowen Island. These could date from any time during the Holocene. Investigation of the adjacent slope suggests it is creeping and is not an imminent large rock slide failure.
6:30 - 7:15 pm Registration. Social networking. Desserts, fresh fruits, coffee and tea.
7:15 - 7:30 pm Announcements. Introductions.
7:30 - 8:00 pm Dr. Michael C. Wilson Presentation.
8:00 - 8:30 pm Dr. Lionel E. Jackson Presentation.
8:30 - 9:00 pm Questions and Answers. Closure.
Dr. Michael C. Wilson
Dr. Wilson is an interdisciplinary earth scientist who earned his Ph.D. in archaeology (geoarchaeology) in 1981; M.A. in anthropology (Paleontology) in 1975; and B.A., in archaeology (geology minor) in 1965. He is a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada; member of the Geological Society of America and other scientific societies; and has been awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship; SSHRC Canada Research Fellowship; Service Award, Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists; and the Washington State Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation (Archaeology). Dr. Wilson worked from 1997 until his retirement in 2014 as an instructor in geology and environmental science, Douglas College, New Westminster, B.C., and was Chair of its Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciences from 2007 to 2014. He was Associate Professor, Dept. of Geography, U. of Lethbridge, 1986-1992; Instructor, Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, Univ. of Calgary, 1980–1986; Visiting Curator, Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana, 1993; Visiting Professor (Geography) in China and Japan, 1992-1993; and Executive Director, Japanese Canadian National Museum & Archives, 1994–1997.
He has been a consultant in Heritage Resources (Paleontology and Archaeology) since 1975 and has served on government advisory committees at municipal and provincial levels. He has conducted field work (surficial geology mapping, archaeology, geoarchaeology, paleontology) in Canada, the U.S., Cameroon, China, and Japan; and has published several memoirs as well as many articles in refereed journals. His 1974 memoir, Applied Geology and Archaeology: the Holocene History of Wyoming (Wyoming Geological Survey), is a basic reference for Archaeological Geology. His Ph.D. dissertation on Urban Geology, Once Upon a River: Archaeology and Geology of the Bow River Valley at Calgary, Alberta, Canada, was published by the (Canadian) National Museum of Man in 1983:
He is currently engaged in a follow-up study of the impact of recent Bow River floods on paleontological resources in that same area. Other ongoing research includes Late Pleistocene vertebrate paleontology and paleoenvironments of southwest BC and northwest Washington, paleontology of Pleistocene glaciomarine deposits in the Metro Vancouver and Comox areas, BC; Pleistocene vertebrate fossils of southern Alberta; the early peopling of North America; and studies of human use of landscape as a residence of history (heritage landscapes). For more than a decade Dr. Wilson has served on advisory committees for his home city, Coquitlam, most recently as a member of its Sustainability and Environmental Advisory Committee.
Dr. Lionel E. Jackson Jr., P.Geo., FGSC
Lionel Jackson received his AB degree in geology from San Francisco State University in 1968. He earned a MSc. in geology from Stanford University in 1973 and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Calgary in 1977. He has worked as a petroleum geologist in the Canadian oil industry, as a hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey and as a research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC). He retired from GSC in 2009 after 34 years of research and service to that organization. He continues his work with GSC as an Emeritus Scientist.
He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University since 1987 (Geography and later the Department of Earth Sciences). He has taught as a sessional instructor in the Natural Resources Management Program and in the Department of Earth Sciences at SFU, the Earth and Environmental Science Department of Douglas College, the departments of Geography at the University of Calgary and at the University of Alberta where he taught a summer field school in Quaternary Geology. He is an authority on the surficial geology of western Canada: he has made geological maps of thousands of square kilometers of Alberta and Yukon Territory.
He was a pioneer and is a continuing authority in recognition and evaluation of debris flow hazards in the Canadian Cordillera. He has investigated debris flow and rock avalanche hazards in western Canada, California, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. He led an expedition on behalf of the United Nations and GSC to the Republic of Seychelles in 2005 to investigate the effects of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami on that island nation. He is actively researching landslide-induced-tsunami hazards in coastal fjords of British Columbia. He continues his service to the geoscience community as an active member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. He currently serves on the President’s Awards Committee. He is keenly interested in geological education for non-earth scientists.