Brendan Dyck

Assistant Professor

Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences
Office: FIP 353
Phone: 250.807.8934

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Metamorphic petrology; tectonics & microstructure; evolution of planetary lithosphere and electron-beam microscopy.

Courses & Teaching

Introduction to metamorphic petrology; introduction to graduate studies.


Dr. Dyck is a geologist who joined the faculty at UBC Okanagan in 2021. He completed his DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford in 2016 with a focus on the generation and migration of crustal melt in the Himalayan orogen. Following his doctoral studies, he held an 1851 Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge and a faculty position at Simon Fraser University.



PhD, University of Oxford
MSc, Lund University

Research Interests & Projects

I am a petrologist with a broad interest in high-temperature crustal processes and the evolution of (exo)planetary lithosphere. Much of my group’s research combines field and electron-beam microscopy techniques with phase-equilibrium modelling, e.g.:

  • Crustal metamorphism & deformation
    • Reconciling the chemical (P-T) and stress histories of metamorphic rocks.
    • Recystallization and equilibration in shear zones.
    • Crustal melting
    • Crystallization dynamics of silicic melt
  • Planetary evolution
    • Application of phase equilibria models to telluric lithosphere.
    • Effect of core formation on surface composition and planetary habitability
    • Formation of hydrous lithosphere on stagnant-lid worlds.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Google Scholar

Selected Grants & Awards

  • NSERC Discovery Grant (2019-2024)
  • Canadian Foundation for Innovation (2020-2025)
  • NSERC Alliance (2021-2023)


See personal webpage.


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