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Libby Griffin

Geography and the Environment
Research Programs/Projects

Libby was born and raised in the Fraser Valley and completed a BSc in physical geography at University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) where she developed a strong interest in the Quaternary geology and geomorphology of BC, a field that incorporates her love of the outdoors. While at UFV she was awarded two NSERC USRA positions to conduct research in the Luminescence Dating Laboratory, which included a study of the nature and timing of a conspicuous mid Holocene peat deposit on Calvert Island. Libby also worked as a field assistant during the summers of 2013 and 2014 at the Hakai Beach Institute on Calvert Island with the Past Sea Levels and Coastal Landscapes Change group led by Ian J. Walker and Olav B. Lian.

Libby commenced her MSc studies at SFU (Earth Sciences) in September 2014, but is based mainly at the Luminescence Dating Laboratory at UFV. Her research focuses on understanding the evolution of thick deposits of eolian sediments on Savary Island which contain a record of episodes of climate driven(?) periods of landscape stability (soil formation) and instability (sand accumulation) spanning much of the last 10,000 years. More specifically, Libby’s research involves developing and applying optical dating protocols in order to understand the timing of sand deposition, while applying soil science techniques to understand the environment under which the ancient soils (paleosols) developed. By doing this she hopes to increase our understanding of how BC’s coastal landscape responded to changes in environmental factors such as climate, sea level, and sand supply, since the end of the last glaciation.