David T. A. Symons

University of Windsor, Canada

David T. A. Symons received his B.S. degree in geological engineering in 1960 from the University of Toronto, A.M. degree in mining geology from Harvard University in 1961, and Ph.D. degree in economic geology from Toronto in 1965. After a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, he joined the Geological Survey of Canada using paleomagnetism to study geotectonics in the Canadian Cordillera. Dr. Symons was appointed to the Department of Geology at the University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada, as an Assistant Professor in 1970, an Associate Professor in 1972, a Professor in 1976, a University Professor in 1998, and a University Professor Emeritus in 2002. He was the Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences from 1973 to 1982. In addition, Dr. Symons served Canterbury College as a Fellow (1977–87), a President (1988–91), a Principal (1991–2002), and now as a Principal Emeritus. He served on the Senate (1979–85, 1991–2002) and Board of Governors (1984–87) of the University of Windsor, as an Adjunct Professor of geophysics at the University of Western Ontario since 1986, a Member and Chair of the Council of University Departments of Geology of Ontario (1974–79), an Associate Editor of Geoscience Canada (1977–79), the Secretary (1987–91) and Chair (1991–93) of the Paleo-Rock Magnetics Group of the Canadian Geophysical Union, the President of the Geophysics Division of the Geological Association of Canada (1993–95), and a Member (1995–96) and Chair (1996-`98) of the University Geoscience Projects Committee of LITHOPROBE. In 2006, he chaired the Geofluids V meeting at Windsor. He has directed 71 graduate and undergraduate honors theses. His research is mostly in applied paleomagnetism. One focus is the tectonic evolution of the North American Cordillera by tracking its several accreted and marginal terranes, and another is the paleomagnetic dating of ore deposits that are difficult to date radiometrically to better understand their ore genesis.

Biography Updated on 20 August 2008

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