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Dr. Dominique Weis


Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Dominique Weis is a leader in the innovative use of trace elements and isotope geochemistry, and is widely respected “for the elegance, precision and impact of her geochemical studies of the Earth from large igneous provinces to the environment” (AGU Fellow 2010 citation). Specifically, her research aims to (1) improve our understanding of planetary evolution and the Earth’s environment, (2) model the geochemical and isotopic variations of the Earth’s mantle through a comparative study of large igneous provinces and more recent volcanic centres, and (3) determine the origin, source and pathways of mantle plumes, and their variations through time.

Dr. Weis is a Full Professor at the University of British Columbia (since 2003), Canadian Research Chair (Tier I), and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and was awarded the André Dumont Career Award in 2015. She has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and serves on a number of boards and leadership committees, including for the American Geophysical Union where she is the VGP President-elect, as well as policy committees for regulators and legislators.

As Director of the Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research (PCIGR), Dr. Weis is closely involved in the training of highly qualified personnel, and with industrial partners in the technology transfer and application of novel isotopic techniques for solving earth and environmental problems. She directed the Multidisciplinary Applied Geochemistry Network, an industrial-stream NSERC CREATE initiative devoted to young scientists (>70 trainees at 5 Canadian universities) from 2012 to 2018, and was the main organizer of the highly praised 2008 Goldschmidt conference in Vancouver (~2,000 delegates from 49 countries).