Alexandra Kushnir

Research interests

  • The physical properties and mechanical behaviour of geothermal reservoirs

  • Deformation and permeability development in volcanic systems

  • Experimental magma deformation

  • Experimental rock deformation

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Education

PhD in Geology at l'Université d’Orléans, Orléans, France(2016)

Thesis title: Permeability development and evolution in volcanic systems: Insights from nature and laboratory experiments


Master of Science in Geological Sciences at the University of British Columbia (2012)

Thesis title: An experimental investigation of the mechanical behaviour of synthetic calcite-dolomite composites


Bachelor of Science in Geophysics at the University of British Columbia (Honours, 2008)

Thesis title: Understanding multi-peak anomalies for unexploded ordinance discrimination

Publications

2017

Kushnir, A.R.L., Martel, M., Champallier, R., Arbaret, L. (2017) In situ confirmation of permeability development in shearing bubble-bearing melts and implications for volcanic outgassing; Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 458: 315-326. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2016.10.053 (pdf)

2016

Okumura, S., Kushnir, A.R.L., Martel, C., Champallier, R., Thibault, Q., Takeuchi, S. (2016) Rheology of crystal-bearing natural magmas: Torsional deformation experiments at 800C and 100 MPa; Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 328: 237-246. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.volgeores.2016.11.009 (pdf)

Kushnir, A.R.L., Martel, C., Bourdier, J.-L., Heap, M.J., Reuschlé, T., Erdmann, S., Komorowski, J.-C., Cholik, N. (2016) Probing permeability and microstructure: Unravelling the role of a low-permeability dome on the explosivity of Merapi (Indonesia); Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 316: 56-71. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2016.02.012. (pdf)

2015

Heap, M.J., Xu, T., Kushnir, A.R.L., Kennedy, B.M., Chen, C.-f. (2015) Fracture of magma containing overpressurised pores; Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 301: 180-190. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2015.05.016. (pdf)

Kushnir, A.R.L., Kennedy, L.A., Misra, S., Benson, P., White, J.C. (2015): The mechanical and microstructural behaviour of calcite-dolomite composites: An experimental investigation; Journal of Structural Geology. 70: 200-216. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2014.12.006. (pdf)

2014

Erdmann, S., Martel, C., Pichavant, M., Kushnir, A. (2014): Amphibole as an archivist of magmatic crystallization condition: problems, potential, and implications for inferring magma storage prior to the paroxysmal 2010 eruption of Mount Merapi, Indonesia; Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology. 167:1016. DOI dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00410-014-1016-4. (pdf)

2008

Whitehead, L., Mossman, M., and Kushnir, A. (2008) Observations of TIR at a natural super-hydrophobic surface; Physics in Canada. 64 (1): p. 7-11. (pdf)

2006

Whitehead, L., Kushnir, A., Kan, P. (2006) Hybrid imaging using linear retroreflectors; Applied Optics. 45 (27): p. 6998-7004. (pdf)

Technical/Government Reports

Kushnir, A., Andrews, G., Russell, J.K., Enkin, R.J., Kennedy, L.A., Heap, M.J. and Quane, S. (2012): Rock physical-property measurements for the Nechako Basin oil and gas region, central British Columbia (parts of NTS 093B, C, E, F, G, K, L); in Geoscience BC Summary of Activities 2011, Geoscience BC, Report 2012-1, p. 125–150. (pdf)

Andrews, G., Quane, S., Enkin, R.J., Russell, K., Kushnir, A., Kennedy, L., Hayward, N. and Heap, M. J (2011): Rock physical property measurements to aid geophysical surveys in the Nechako Basin oil and gas region, central British Columbia; Geoscience BC, Report 2011-10, 40 p. (pdf)

Awards

2015       

Outstanding Student Poster (OSP) Award, European Geosciences Union (EGU)

2013              

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - Canadian Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS D) - over three years

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS D) (not accepted due to tenure at a foreign university)

 2012              

Departmental Teaching Assistant Award, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, University of British Columbia 

Scholarship of the Embassy of France 

Keith Runcorn Travel Award for Non-Europeans, European Geosciences Union (EGU)

2011              

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS M)                       

2010              

University of British Columbia George E Winkler Memorial Scholarship 

University of British Columbia Thomas and Marguerite MacKay Memorial Scholarship 

2008               

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Achievement Award in Geoscience

 2007              

British Columbia Geophysical Society Scholarship

University of British Columbia Thomas and Marguerite MacKay Memorial Scholarship

2006               

University of British Columbia Thomas and Marguerite MacKay Memorial Scholarship 

2003              

British Columbia Government Scholarship