Dean Meek

Dean Meek
University of Saskatchewan | U of S · Department of Geological Sciences

Master of Science

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Introduction
Recently completed a M.Sc. (Geology) at the University of Saskatchewan under the supervision of Dr. Bruce Eglington and Dr. Luis Buatois. I am currently collaborating with my supervisors to publish the research completed as a graduate student. This includes the creation of an ichnology database, conducting exploratory data analysis of Ediacaran - Cambrian trace fossils, and utilizing detrital zircon data to explore spatial and temporal patterns related to geodynamic settings.
Education
September 2016 - March 2019
University of Saskatchewan
Field of study
  • Geology
September 2008 - December 2012
University of Saskatchewan
Field of study
  • Geology

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Publications (7)
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Infaunalization has been regarded as representing a response to increased predation pressures and is therefore central to the Mesozoic marine revolution, which gives pre-eminence to the role that enemy-directed evolution has played as a driving force of biotic change. Our ichnologic compilation from 39 Middle Triassic to Late Jurassic shallow-marin...
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Taphrhelminthopsis was originally introduced for trace fossils with a bilobate lower surface recorded in post-Paleozoic deep-marine deposits but has more recently been reinterpreted convincingly as a preservational variant of Scolicia. However, Taphrhelminthopsis has also been used for Cambrian shallow-marine trace fossils, whose taxonomic affinity...
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The design of a relational database for ichnological data is presented to illustrate and address deficiencies in present-day palaeontological databases. Currently, palaeontology databases apply concepts and terminology derived from the study of body fossils to trace fossil records. We suggest that fundamental differences between body and trace foss...
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A database is a collection of information and the associated relationships that define the organizational structure, as well as a means to extract subsets of information (Uhen et al., 2013). Modern database management system (DBMS) software provides a general set of functions for data entry, modification, deleting, and retrieving data (Harrington,...
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Compilation of published detrital zircon data for the western and northern margins of Laurentia are combined with GIS map information, palaeogeographic models and supplementary datasets to facilitate a better understanding of the crustal evolution of the region. Detrital zircon data were captured with spatial data, estimated deposition age, detrita...
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Compilation of published detrital zircon data for the western and northern margins of Laurentia are combined with GIS map information, palaeogeographic models and igneous and metamorphic geochronology to facilitate a better understanding of the crustal evolution of the region. More than 33,000 U-Th-Pb analyses and over 3,000 Lu-Hf analyses of detri...

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Project
Current open access paleontology databases do not provide a platform that supports the digitization of detailed ichnology data. As a result, we are working to create a database that provides a platform in which ichnology specific details can be captured (e.g., bioturbation intensity, ichnofacies, ichnoguild, ethology).
Project
Determine effective techniques in which provenance analysis of large detrital zircon datasets can be conducted. This involves the use of GIS programs (ArcGIS, GPlates) and the integration of multiple datasets to understand the spatial and temporal patterns observed in the data. Statistical techniques (e.g., Multidimensional Scaling and Cluster Analysis) are also being explored.
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This is my primary thesis project. The intent is to compile an ichnology dataset spanning the Ediacaran to early Cambrian, followed by integrating multiple datasets using GIS software to conduct exploratory data analysis. Visual and statistical techniques will be the focus of this project.