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Camille Partin B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, P.Geo.

Faculty Member in Geological Sciences

Geology 216

Research Area(s)

  • tectonic evolution of the Canadian Shield and the oxygen evolution of the Precambrian atmosphere and oceans
  • Basin analysis of Paleoproterozoic sedimentary basins
  • Study of ancient orogens and terrane boundaries
  • Detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology, coupled with Hf and O isotopes
  • Study of redox-sensitive elements in organic-rich shales and iron formations
  • Sedimentary-hosted mineral deposits
  • Geochemical proxies to reconstruct paleo-redox conditions



student/trainee author

Shiels, C., Partin, C.A., R.A. Stern, in press. An integrated U-Pb, Hf, and O isotopic provenance analysis of the Paleoproterozoic Murmac Bay Group, northern Saskatchewan, Canada. Precambrian Research, doi: 10.1016/j.precamres.2017.09.015.

Hoffman, P. F., Abbot, D. S., Ashkenazy, Y., Benn, D. I., Brocks, J. J., Cohen, P. A., Cox, G. M., Creveling, J. R., Donnadieu, Y., Erwin, D. H., Fairchild, I. J., Ferreira, D., Goodman, J. C., Halverson, G. P., Jansen, M. F., Le Hir, G., Love, G. D., Macdonald, F. A., Maloof, A. C., Partin, C. A., Ramstein, G., Rose, B. E. J., Rose, C. V., Sadler, P. M., Tziperman, E., Voigt, A., Warren, S. G., in press. Snowball Earth climate dynamics and Cryogenian geology–geobiology. Science Advances.

Konhauser, K.O., Planavsky, N.J., Hardisty, D.S., Robbins, L.J., Warchola, T.J., Haugaard, R., Lalonde, S.V., Partin, C.A., Oonk, P.B.H., Tsikos, H., Lyons, T.W., Bekker, A., Johnson, C.M., 2017. Iron formations: A global record of Neoarchaean to Palaeoproterozoic environmental history. Earth-Science Reviews, 172: 140-177, doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.06.012


student/trainee author

Partin, C.A., Sadler, P.M., 2016, Slow net sediment accumulation sets snowball Earth apart from all younger glacial episodes. Geology, 44(12): 1019-1022, doi: 10.1130/G38350.1 (FREE DOWNLOAD).

Robbins, L.J., Lalonde, S.V., Planavsky, N.J., Partin, C.A., Reinhard, C.T., Kendall, B., Scott, C., Hardisty, D.S., Gill, B.C., Alessi, D.S., Dupont, C.L., Saito, M.A., Crowe, S.A., Poulton, S.W., et al. 2016. Trace elements at the intersection of marine biological and geochemical evolution. Earth-Science Reviews, 163:323-348, doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2016.10.013.

Shiels, C., Partin, C. A., Eglington, B.M. 2016. Provenance approaches in polydeformed metasedimentary successions: determining nearest neighboring cratons during the deposition of the Paleoproterozoic Murmac Bay Group. Lithosphere, 8 (5): 519, doi: 10.1130/L537.1

Partin, C.A., Sylvester, P.J., 2016, Variations in zircon Hf isotopes support earliest Proterozoic Wilson cycle tectonics on the Canadian Shield. Precambrian Research, v. 280, p. 279-289, doi: 10.1016/j.precamres.2016.05.008

Guarnieri, P., Partin, C. A., Rosa, D. 2016. Palaeovalleys at the basal unconformity of the Palaeoproterozoic Karrat Group, West Greenland. Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland Bulletin 35, 63–66. Open access: www.geus.dk/publications/bull

Chi Fru, E., Rodríguez, N.P., Partin,C. A.,  Lalonde, S., Andersson, P., Weiss, D., El Abani, A., Rodushkin, I., Konhauser, K.O., 2016, Cu isotopes in marine black shales record the Great Oxidation Event. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113 (18): 4941- 4946, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1523544113

McDonald, B., Partin, C.A., 2016, Is the Lomagundi Event present on the Rae craton? A case study from the Murmac Bay Group. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 53(5): 457-465, doi: 10.1139/cjes-2015-0186

Kendrick, K., Partin, C.A., Graham, R., 2016, Granitic boulder erosion caused by chaparral wildfire: Implications for cosmogenic radionuclide dating of bedrock surfaces: The Journal of Geology, 124, 529–539, doi: 10.1086/686273.


Partin, C.A., Bekker, A., Planavsky, N.J., Lyons, T.W., 2015, Euxinic conditions recorded in the ca. 1.93 Ga Bravo Lake Formation, Nunavut (Canada): Implications for oceanic redox evolution: Chemical Geology, v. 417, p. 148-162 doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2015.09.004.


Partin, C.A., Bekker, A., Corrigan, D., Modeland, S., Francis, D., Davis, D.W., 2014, Sedimentological and geochemical basin analysis of the Paleoproterozoic Penrhyn and Piling groups of Arctic Canada: Precambrian Research, v. 251, p. 80–101, doi: 10.1016/j.precamres.2014.06.010.

Partin, C.A., Bekker, A., Sylvester, P.J., Wodicka, N., Stern, R.A., Chacko, T., Heaman, L.M., 2014, Filling in the juvenile magmatic gap: Evidence for uninterrupted Paleoproterozoic plate tectonics: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 388, p. 123–133, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2013.11.041.


Partin, C.A., Lalonde, S.V., Planavsky, N.J., Bekker, A., Rouxel, O.J., Lyons, T.W., Konhauser, K.O., 2013, Uranium in iron formations and the rise of atmospheric oxygen: Chemical Geology, v. 362, p. 82–90, doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2013.09.005.

Reinhard, C.T., Planavsky, N.J., Robbins, L.J., Partin, C.A., Gill, B.C., Lalonde, S.V., Bekker, A., Konhauser, K.O., Lyons, T.W., 2013, Proterozoic ocean redox and biogeochemical stasis: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, v. 110, p. 5357–5362, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1208622110.

Partin, C.A., Bekker, A., Planavsky, N.J., Scott, C.T., Gill, B.C., Li, C., Podkovyrov, V., Maslov, A., Konhauser, K.O., Lalonde, S.V., Love, G.D., Poulton, S.W., Lyons, T.W., 2013, Large-scale fluctuations in Precambrian atmospheric and oceanic oxygen levels from the record of U in shales: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 369–370, p. 284–293, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2013.03.031.

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Canadian Shield geochemistry geochronology minerals precambrian sedimentary basins