Desmond Moser

Associate Professor
Joint Appointment with Earth Science


Contact Information

Office: Room 167, B&GS
Tel: 519 661-2111, 84214
Fax: 519 661-3198

Research Areas

Tectonics, geochronology

Research Interests

Dr. Desmond Moser conducts solid Earth and planetary science research using Western’s nationally unique Zircon and Accessory Phase Laboratory (ZAPLab). Micromineral crystal growth and deformation analysis (e.g. CL, EBSD) is integrated with field mapping, microchemical (EDS, WDS), petrologic and mass spectrometry measurements (radiogenic and stable isotopes) at Western and partner institutes. His active projects investigate meteorites, crustal cross-sections, kimberlite xenoliths, sedimentary basins and impact structures in the Americas, Africa and Europe. His ZAPLab team is advancing our knowledge of the timing and nature of processes that form and modify planetary crusts and ore deposits while advancing the growing sub-discipline of accessory mineral science.

Lab Website

Personal Website

Publications & Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

Selected Publications

  • Moser, D.E., Cupelli, C. L., Barker, I., Flowers, R.M., Bowman, J.R., Wooden, J., Hart, R., 2011, New zircon shock phenomena and their use for dating and reconstruction of large impact structures revealed by electron nanobeam (EBSD, CL, EDS) and isotopic U-Pb and (U-Th)/He analysis of the Vredefort dome. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences (Tom Krogh special volume); 48: 117-139
  • Moser, D.E., Davis, W.J., Reddy, S.R., Flemming, R.L., and Hart, R.J., 2009, Zircon U-Pb strain chronometry reveals deep impact-triggered flow, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 277, 73-79.
  • Moser, D.E., Bowman, J.R., Wooden, J., Valley, J.W., Mazdab, F., Kita, N., 2008, Creation of a continent recorded in zircon zoning, Geology, 36; no. 3; p. 239–242; doi: 10.1130/G24416A.1; 3 figures; Data Repository item 2008059.
  • Moser, D.E., Flowers, R., and Hart, R.J., 2001, Birth of the Kaapvaal tectosphere 3.08 billion years ago. Science, 291: 465-468.
  • Moser, D.E. 1997. Dating the shock wave and thermal imprint of the giant Vredefort impact, South Africa. Geology, 25:7-10.


Earth Sciences 2130Y: Geography & Geology of Southwestern Ontario
Geology 9559: Isotopic Dating of Planetary and Resource Evolution
Geology/Geophysics Grad Seminar 9580 - alternate years