Ian Coulson

Professor, Ph.D., Volcanologist

Office: RI 222
E-mail: Ian.Coulson@uregina.ca
Phone: (306) 585.4184 or (306) 337.2954 (lab.)
Fax: 306-585-5433

Current classes
Geol210 - Mineralogy I; Geol211 - Mineralogy II; Geol313 - Igneous Petrology; Geol843 - Recent advances in Petrology

Research interests
Volcanology; Igneous Petrology; Mineralogy; Archaeology and Meteoritics

B.Sc. (Hons.) (Portsmouth, U.K.), Ph.D. (Birmingham, U.K.), Postdoctoral Studies (UBC, Queens)

Expertise and areas of study:

Dr. Ian Coulson's expertise is mainly in the field of global volcanism and the genesis of igneous rock suites,  alkaline magmatism, fluid/rock interaction (magmatic-hydrothermal), and cathodoluminescence studies. Field study locations include: Mt. Etna and the Aeolian Islands, southern Italy; Mt. Garibaldi volcanic complex, British Columbia; Andean Cordillera, Colombia, and the Gardar Province, South Greenland. He is also interested in provenance studies in Archaeology.

Prior to joining the University of Regina, Dr. Coulson was Post-doctoral Fellow at Queen's University and University of British Columbia.

Dr. Coulson is Associate Editor of "Mineralogical Magazine", Editorial Board Member of "Geosciences" and "Petrologica", was Associate Editor of "The Canadian Mineralogist" (2008-2014), and has served as Guest Editors for special issues of "American Mineralogist" and "Mineralogical Magazine".

Other Courses Taught

Environmental Geology (Geol 102): An introductory course designed to give students an appreciation of the interactions between the Earth, geological processes and humans.

Mineralogy I (Geol 210): An introduction to the study of minerals which focuses on their description, symmetry, crystallography and optical properties.

Mineralogy II (Geol 211): A systematic study of the principal ‘rock-forming’ minerals, including studies of mineral composition, structure, properties and paragenesis.

Metamorphic Petrology (Geol 315): Deciphering lithospheric processes as recorded through the chemistry, mineralogy and textures of metamorphosed rocks.

Igneous Petrology (Geol 313): A course that is concerned primarily with the classification and genesis of igneous rocks.

Senior undergraduate and graduate courses (Geol 400/800 level) on topics in the fields of volcanology/igneous petrology and geochemistry.

Field school (Geol 496): Geological study and mapping in crystalline rocks of the Precambrian shield, northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Selected recent publications:

Liu, S., Feng, C., Santosh, M., Feng, G., Coulson, I.M., Xu, M., Guo, Z., Guo, X., Peng, H., and Feng, Q. (2018) Integrated elemental and Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotopic studies of Mesozoic mafic dykes from the eastern North China Craton: implications for the dramatic transformation of lithospheric mantle. Journal of Geodynamics 114, 19-40. doi: 10.1016/j.jog.2017.11.007

Liu, S., Feng, C., Feng, G, Xu, M., Coulson, I.M., Guo, X., Guo, Z., Peng, H. and Feng, Q. (2017) Timing, mantle source and origin of mafic dykes within the gravity anomaly belt of the Taihang-Da Hinggan gravity lineament, central North China Craton. Journal of Geodynamics 109, 41-58.  doi:10.1016/ j.jog.2017.05.006

Qi, Y., Hu. R., Liu, S., Coulson, I.M., Qi, H., Tian, J., Feng, C., Wang, T., Zhu, J., Chen, H. (2016) Petrogenesis and geodynamic setting of Early Cretaceous mafic–ultramafic intrusions, South China: A case study from the Gan–Hang tectonic belt. Lithos 258-259, 149-162. doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2016.04.027.

Daku, R.M., Rabbi, F., Buttigieg, J., Coulson, I.M., Horne, D., Martens, G., Ashton, N.W., and Suh, D.-Y. (2016) PpASCL, the Physcomitrella patens anther-specific Chalcone Synthase-like enzyme implicated in Sporopollenin biosynthesis, is needed for integrity of the moss spore wall and spore viability. PLoS ONE 11(1): e0146817. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146817

Liu, S., Feng, C., Hu, R., Zhai, M., Gao, S., Lai, S., Yan, J., Coulson, I.M. and Zou, H. (2015) Zircon U-Pb geochronological, geochemical, and Sr-Nd isotope data for Early Cretaceous mafic dykes in the Tancheng-Lujiang Fault area of the Shandong Province, China: constraints on the timing of magmatism and magma genesis. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 98, 247-260. doi: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2014. 11.001

Coulson, I.M., editor. (August 2014) Cathodoluminescence and its application to geoscience. Mineralogical Association of Canada Short Course 45, 182 p.

Bechberger, M. and Coulson, I.M. (August 2014) Chapter 4: Applications of cathodoluminescence imaging to sedimentary rocks. In: Coulson, I.M. (editor), Cathodoluminescence and its application to geoscience. Mineralogical Association of Canada Short Course 45, pp. 47-74.

Zhang, D., Peng, J., Coulson, I.M., Hou, L. and Li, S. (2014) Cassiterite U-Pb and muscovite 40Ar-39Ar age constraints on the timing of mineralization in the Xuebaoding Sn-W-Be deposit, western China. Ore Geology Reviews 62, 315-322. doi: 10.1016/j.oregeorev.2014.04.011

Liu, S., Feng, C.X., Hu, R.Z., Lai, S.C., Coulson, I.M., Feng., G.Y. and Yang, Y.H. (2014) Geochemical, Sr-Nd isotope, and zircon U-Pb geochronological constraints on the origin of Early Cretaceous carbonatite dykes, northern Shanxi Province, China. Acta Petrologica Sinica 30:2, 350-360.

Lei, M., Qing, H. and Coulson, I.M. (2014) A preliminary investigation of the mineralogy of the Bakken shales in southern Saskatchewan. In: Summary of Investigations 2014, Volume 1, Saskatchewan Geological Survey, Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy, Miscellaneous Report 2014-4.1, Paper A-5, 14 p.

Li, Y., Li, X., Wang, S., Li, S., Tang, H. and Coulson, I.M. (2013) Crystal orientation results in different amorphization of olivine during solar wind implantation. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 118:10, 1974-1982. doi: 10.1002/jgre.20151

Liu, S., Feng, C., Jahn, B-M., Hu, R., Gao, S., Feng, G., Lai, S., Yang, Y. Qi, Y. and Coulson, I.M. (2013) Geochemical, Sr-Nd isotopic, and zircon U-Pb geochronological constraints on the petrogenesis of Late Paleoproterozoic mafic dykes within the northern North China Craton, Shanxi Province, China. Precambrian Research 236, 182-192. doi: 10.1016/j.precamres.2013.07.007

Liu, S., Feng, C., Jahn, B-M., Hu, R., Gao, S., Coulson, I.M., Feng, G., Lai, S., Yang, Y. and Tang, L. (2013) Geochemical, Sr–Nd–Pb isotope, and zircon U–Pb geochronological constraints on the origin of Early Permian mafic dikes, northern North China Craton. International Geology Review 55:13, 1626-1640. doi: 10.1080/00206814.2013.788242

Liu, S., Feng, C., Hu, R., Gao, S., Wang, T., Feng, G., Qi, Y., Coulson, I.M. and Lai, S. (2013) Zircon U-Pb age, geochemical, and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic constraints on the origin of alkaline intrusions in eastern Shandong Province, China. Mineralogy and Petrology 107:4, 591-608. doi: 10.1007/s00710-013-0285-3

Liu, S., Feng, C., Jahn, B-M., Hu, R., Gao, S., Coulson, I.M., Feng, G., Lai, S., Yang, C. and Yang, Y. (2013) Zircon U-Pb age, geochemical, and Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic constraints on the origin of mafic dykes in the Shaanxi Province, North China Craton, China. Lithos 175-176, 244-254. doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2013.04.020

Fillmore, J. and Coulson, I.M. (2013) Petrological and geochemical constraints on the origin of adakites in the Garibaldi Volcanic Complex, southwestern British Columbia, Canada. Bulletin of Volcanology 75:730. doi: 10.1007/s00445-013-0730-5.

Liu, S., Hu, R., Feng, C., Feng, G., Qi, Y., Wang, T., Coulson, I.M., Yang, Y., Yang, C. and Tang, L. (2013) U-Pb zircon age, geochemical, and Sr-Nd isotopic constraints on the age and origin of granodiorite porphyries in the Guilong area, southern Yunnan Province, South China. Geochemical Journal 47:1, 65-77.

Liu, S., Hu, R., Gao, S., Feng, C., Coulson, I.M., Feng, G., Qi, Y., Yang, Y., Yang, C. and Tang, L. (2013) Zircon U-Pb age and Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic constraints on the age and origin of Triassic mafic dikes, Dalian area, Northeast China. International Geology Review 55:2, 249-262. doi: 10.1080/00206814.2012.707003

Liu, S., Hu, R., Feng, C., Gao, S., Feng, G., Qi, Y., Wang, T., Coulson, I.M., Yang, Y. and Yang, C. (2012) U-Pb zircon age, geochemical and Sr-Nd isotopic constraints on the age and origin of the granodiorites in Guilong, southeastern Yunnan Province, Southern China. Open Journal of Geology 2:4, 229-240. doi: 10.4236/ ojg.2012.24023

Li, S., Wang, S., Li, X., Li, Y., Liu, S. and Coulson, I.M. (2012) A new method for the measurement of meteorite bulk volume via ideal gas pycnometry. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 117:E10, 1-7. doi:10.1029/2012JE004202.

Feng, G., Liu, S., Zhong, H., Feng, C., Coulson, I.M., Qi, Y., Yang, Y. and Yang, C. (2012) U-Pb zircon geochronology, geochemical, and Sr-Nd isotopic constraints on the age and origin of basaltic porphyries from western Liaoning Province, China. International Geology Review 54:9, 1052-1070. doi: 10.1080/ 00206814.2011.605837

Qi, Y., Hu, R., Liu, S., Coulson, I.M., Qi, H., Tian, J., Feng, C. and Wang, T. (2012) Geochemical and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic compositions of Mesozoic mafic dikes from the Gan-Hang tectonic belt, South China: petrogenesis and geodynamic significance. International Geology Review 54:8, 920-939. doi: 10.1080/ 00206814.2011.588820

Feng, C., Chi, G., Liu, J., Hu, R., Liu, S. and Coulson, I.M. (2012) Geochemical constraints on the origin and environment of Lower Cambrian, selenium-rich siliceous sedimentary rocks in the Ziyang area, Daba region, central China. International Geology Review 54:7, 765-778. doi: 10.1080/00206814.2011.580625

Liu, S., Hu, R., Gao, S., Feng, C., Coulson, I.M., Feng, G, Qi, Y., Yang, Y., Yang, C. and Tang, L. (2012) U-Pb zircon age, geochemical and Sr-Nd isotopic data as constraints on the petrogenesis and emplacement time of the Precambrian mafic dyke swarms in the North China Craton (NCC). Lithos 140-141, 38-52. doi: 10.1016/ j.lithos.2012.01.002

Li, S., Wang, S., Bao, H., Miao, B., Liu, S., Coulson, I.M., Li, X. and Li, Y. (2011) The Antarctic achondrite, Grove Mountains 021663: an olivine-rich winonaite. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 46:9, 1329-1344. doi: 10.1111/j.1945-5100.2011.01232.x

Coulson, I.M., Stuart, F.M. and MacLean, N.J. (2011) Assessing the link between mantle source and sub-volcanic plumbing in the petrology of basalts from the 2001 and 2002/2003 eruptions of Mount Etna, Sicily: Evidence from geochemical and helium isotope data. Lithos 123:1-4, 254-261. doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2010.11.013

Shen, N-P., Peng, J-T., Hu, R-Z., Liu, S. and Coulson, I.M. (2011) Strontium and lead isotopic study of the carbonate-hosted Xujiashan antimony deposit from Hubei Province, South China: implications for its origin. Resource Geology 61:1, 52-62. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-3928.2010.00147.x

Beech, M. and Coulson, I.M. (2010) The making of Martian meteorite Block Island. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 404, 1457-1463. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.16350.x

Liu, S., Hu, R., Gao, S., Feng, C., Feng, G., Coulson, I.M., Li, C., Wang, T. and Qi, Y. (2010) Zircon U–Pb age and Sr–Nd–Hf isotope geochemistry of Permian granodiorite and associated gabbro in the Songliao Block, NE China and implications for growth of juvenile crust. Lithos 114:3-4, 423-436. doi:10.1016/ j.lithos.2009.10.009

Liu, S., Hu, R., Gao, S., Feng, C., Yu, B., Feng, G., Qi, Y., Wang, T. and Coulson, I.M. (2009) Petrogenesis of Late Mesozoic mafic dykes in the Jiaodong Peninsula, eastern North China Craton and implications for the foundering of lower crust. Lithos 113:3-4, 621-639. doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2009.06.035

Liu, S., Hu, R., Gao, S., Feng, C., Huang, Z., Lai, S., Yuan, H., Liu, X., Coulson, I.M., Feng, G., Wang, T. and Qi, Y. (2009) U-Pb zircon, geochemical and Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic constraints on the age and origin of Early Palaeozoic I-type granite from the Tengchong-Baoshan Block, Western Yunnan Province, SW China. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 36:2-3, 168-182. doi: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2009.05.004

Liu, S., Hu, R., Gao, S., Feng, C., Yu, B., Qi, Y., Wang, T., Feng, G. and Coulson, I.M. (2009) Zircon U-Pb age, geochemistry and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic compositions of adakitic volcanic rocks from Jiaodong, Shandong Province, Eastern China: Constraints on petrogenesis and implications. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 35:5, 445-458. doi: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2009.02.008

Beech, M., Coulson, I.M., Nie, W. and McCausland, P. (2009) The thermal and physical characteristics of the Gao-Guenie (H5) meteorite. Planetary and Space Science 57:7, 764-770. doi: 10.1016/j.pss.2009.01.002

Liu, S., Hu, R., Gao, S., Feng, C., Qi, Y., Wang, T., Feng, G. and Coulson, I.M. (2008) U-Pb zircon age, geochemical and Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotopic constraints on age and origin of alkaline intrusions and associated mafic dikes from Sulu orogenic belt, Eastern China. Lithos 106:3-4, 365-379. doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2008.09.004

Marks, M.A.W., Coulson, I.M., Schilling, J., Jacob, D.E., Schmitt, A.K. and Markl, G. (2008) The effect of titanite and other HFSE-rich mineral (Ti-bearing andradite, zircon, eudialyte) fractionation on the geochemical evolution of silicate melts. Chemical Geology 257:1-2, 153-172. doi: 10.1016/ j.chemgeo.2008.09.002

Liu, S., Hu, R-Z., Gao, S., Feng, C-X., Qi, L., Zhong, H., Xiao, T., Qi, Y-Q., Wang, T. and Coulson, I.M. (2008). Zircon U-Pb geochronology and major, trace elemental and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic geochemistry of mafic dykes in western Shandong Province, east China: constrains on their petrogenesis and geodynamic significance. Chemical Geology 255:3-4, 329-345. doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2008.07.006

Marks, M.A.W., Schilling, J., Coulson, I.M., Wenzel, T. and Markl, G. (2008) The alkaline-peralkaline Tamazeght Complex, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco: mineral chemistry and petrological constraints for derivation from a compositionally heterogeneous mantle source. Journal of Petrology 49:6, 1097-1131. doi: 10.1093/petrology /egn019

Beech, M., Nie, W. and Coulson, I.M. (2008) The pre-atmospheric size of the Martian meteorite ALH 77005 progenitor. Planetary and Space Science 56:3-4, 320-325. doi: 10.1016/j.pss.2007.09.007