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Dr. Michael A. Cooley
The 2008 recipient of the award for the Ph.D. that made the most outstanding contribution to Canadian sedimentary and petroleum geology is Dr. Michael A. Cooley. His thesis, entitled “The Structural, Thermal, and Fluid Evolution of the Livingstone Range Anticlinorium, and its Regional Significance to the Southern Alberta Foreland Thrust and Fold Belt” was supervised by Dr. Raymond A. Price, Dr. John M. Dixon and Dr. T .Kurtis Kyser of the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.
This research has been supported by NSERC research grants to Raymond Price, Kurt Kyser and John Dixon. Additional fellowships and scholarships were awarded to Michael by the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering at Queen’s University.
Cooley was born and raised in Banff, Alberta and spent much of his youth hiking and camping in the surrounding Rocky Mountains. Cooley graduated with a BSc. from the Department of Geosciences at the University of Calgary in 1993. That summer he worked for the Geological Survey of Canada as a field assistant, mapping along the Paleoproterozoic Taltson magmatic zone in northeastern Alberta. In the summer of 1994 Cooley began fieldwork in the Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia for a Master’s Thesis at Queen’s University entitled “Closely spaced metamorphic isograds along the Matthew Fault, Cariboo Mountains, British Columbia; relationships between metamorphism and dextral strike-slip faulting”. In the summer of 1996 Cooley took a break from his studies and worked for North American Metals at the Golden Bear gold mine in northeastern British Columbia and then returned to Queen’s University to continue working on his MSc, which he …