Dr. John W. Jamieson is the Canada Research Chair in Marine Geology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Previously, he was a research scientist at GEOMAR – Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, in Kiel, Germany. Dr. Jamieson studies hydrothermal systems and the formation of massive sulfide deposits on the seafloor. This research focuses on the underlying geological processes that control where hydrothermal deposits occur on the seafloor, what their composition is, and how quickly they form. Data comes from seafloor mapping using ships and autonomous underwater vehicles, as well as collection and analysis of rock samples from the seafloor using remotely-operated vehicles and human-occupied submersibles. Analytical methods include petrographic, geochemical and isotopic studies or rock samples, radioisotope geochronology, and geological interpretation of bathymetric maps. Research areas include sites in the both the SW and NE Pacific Ocean, the central Atlantic and northern Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
Dr. Jamieson received his B.Sc. from the University of Alberta in 2002, M.Sc. from the University of Maryland in 2005 and Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa in 2013. He has also worked as an exploration geologist in Western and Arctic Canada.