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Paul Durkin

Assistant Professor

Department of Earth Sciences, University of Manitoba

PhD, University of Calgary (2016), Geosciences

BSc, McMaster University (2011), Earth and Environmental Sciences


He is the lead investigator for the Rivers to Rocks research group that tackles projects spanning from: (i) the “badlands” of Dinosaur Provincial Park, where they study the evolution of Late Cretaceous rivers and environmental context of dinosaur discoveries; to (ii) the sedimentological impact of extreme flooding on the Assiniboine River in southwestern Manitoba; and (iii) paleoenvironmental reconstructions of hominin habitats in rift-basin sediments of the archeologically significant Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. Their research integrates a classic field-based approach with innovative technology and analytical methods, including the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). They aim to extract vital information from the sedimentary record to resolve the temporal and spatial context of significant discoveries and time periods in Earth's history. 


Recently taught courses include Introduction to Sedimentary Petrology and Stratigraphy, Petroleum Geology, Advanced Studies in Earth Sciences: Geology of the Rocky Mountains, Earth Systems of Central Canada, Advanced Clastic Sedimentology, Seminars in Geological Sciences


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125 Dysart Road, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2

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