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

Associate Professor, P.Geo.

Faculty Member in Geological Sciences
Graduate Supervisor in Geological Sciences

Geology 216

Research Area(s)

  • Precambrian sedimentary basins
  • tectonic evolution of the Canadian Shield
  • oxygen evolution of the Precambrian atmosphere and oceans
  • detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology and provenance analysis
  • mineral deposits
  • ancient orogens
  • geochemistry
  • Arctic and northern research


student/trainee author

McDonald, B., Partin, C.A. 2024. The geological significance of the Paleoproterozoic Belcher Group, Nunavut and its role in Inuit-led conservation efforts in the Belcher Islands. Geoscience Canada, 51, 7–42. https://doi.org/10.12789/geocanj.2024.51.207

Beaudin, D., Partin, C.A., Ansdell, K., Yang, P. 2024. Comparative lithology and alteration mineral chemistry of host rocks at the Seabee Gold Operation, northern Saskatchewan, Canada: Implications for a connected orogenic gold-mineralizing system. Ore Geology Reviews, 166, 105950. doi: 10.1016/j.oregeorev.2024.105950. Open access.

MacMillan, E.J., Knox, B., DeWolfe, Y.M., Partin, C.A., 2024. Facies analysis for the Neoarchean Itchen and Sherpa formations of the Winter Lake greenstone belt, Slave craton, Northwest Territories, Canada. Can. J. Earth Sci. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjes-2023-0054

Partin, C.A., Sylvester, P.J. 2023. Paleoproterozoic A-type post-collisional granitic magmatism associated with the Arrowsmith orogeny during the global tectono-magmatic lull. The Journal of Geology, 131, 1–23. https://doi.org/10.1086/727647.

Partin, C.A. 2023. A tectonic context for fluctuations in late Paleoproterozoic oxygen content. In Whitmeyer, S.J., Williams, M.L., Kellett, D.A., and Tikoff, B. eds., Laurentia: Turning Points in the Evolution of a Continent, Geological Society of America, v. 220, doi:10.1130/2022.1220(07). Open access.

McDonald, B., Partin, C.A., Sageman, B., Holmden, C. 2022. Uranium isotope reconstructions of ocean deoxygenation during OAE 2 hampered by uncertainties in both local fractionation factors and U-cycling. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 331: 143-164. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2022.05.010  

DeWolfe, Y.M., Knox, B., Lilley, S., MacMillan, E.J., Partin, C.A. 2022. Volcanology, geochemistry and geodynamic setting of Neoarchean Sunrise volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit, Beaulieu River volcanic belt, Slave craton, Northwest Territories, Canada. Precambrian Research, 72: 106608. doi: 10.1016/j.precamres.2022.106608 

Farrell, U.C., SGP Collaborative Team (103 authors including C.A. Partin). 2021. The Sedimentary Geochemistry and Paleoenvironments Project. Geobiology, 19: 545– 556. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/gbi.12462

Partin, C.A., DeWolfe, Y.M., Magee, T. 2021. Origin of sediment-hosted Pb-Zn mineralization in the Paleoproterozoic Mârmorilik and Qaarsukassak formations, Karrat Group, West Greenland. Ore Geology Reviews, 134: 104164. doi: 10.1016/j.oregeorev.2021.104164 

Spencer, C.J., Partin, C.A., Kirkland, C.L., Raub, T.D., Liebmann, J., Stern, R.A. 2019. Paleoproterozoic increase in zircon d18O driven by rapid emergence of continental crust. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 257: 16-25. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2019.04.016

von Gunten, K., Warchola, T., Donner, M., Cossio, M., Hao, W., Lloyd, J. Siddique, T., Partin, C.A., Flynn, S., Rosaasen, A., Konhauser, K.O., Alessi, D.S. 2018. Biogeochemistry of U, Ni, and As in two meromictic pit lakes at the Cluff Lake uranium mine, northern Saskatchewan. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 55 (5): 463-474. doi: https://doi.org/10.1139/cjes-2017-0149. Open access. 

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. 2017. Snowball Earth climate dynamics and Cryogenian geology–geobiology. Science Advances, 3 (11). doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1600983

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

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).

Shiels, C., Partin, C.A., Stern, R.A. 2017. An integrated U-Pb, Hf, and O isotopic provenance analysis of the Paleoproterozoic Murmac Bay Group, northern Saskatchewan, Canada. Precambrian Research, 302: 18-32.  doi: 10.1016/j.precamres.2017.09.015.

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.  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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