I am interested in the development of small-scale and microstructures in large-scale shear zones, and their use as strain and vorticity gauges. Present funding from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FQRNT) is for a project entitled: “Caractérisation pétrologique et datation radiométrique du métamorphisme régional est des failles dans la sous-province de l’Abitibi, Québec: implications tectoniques et métallogéniques,” in which I continue research on the timing of metamorphism and deformation in the Abitibi subprovince of Quebec. Specifically, I am investigating the formation and significance of shear band cleavages in a major shear zone in Val d'Or, Quebec, and to conduct Ar-Ar radiometric age dating on nearby fault rocks in order to better constrain the thermo-tectonic evolution of the area.
Selected Publications and Abstracts:
Short, H.A., Kuiper, Y.D., Johnson, S.E., Jiang, D., (2011). Estimation of vorticity from fibrous calcite veins, central Maine, USA - Corrigendum. Journal of Structural Geology 33, p. 59.
Short, Heather, A., and Tremblay, A., (2011). Evidence for shear band initiation approximately parallel to the acute and obtuse bisectors of the irrotational lines of flow in a general shear zone. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 13, EGU2011.
Short, Heather, A., (2011). Positive feedbacks: using simple systems diagrams, the Himalayas, and ice core oxygen isotope data to introduce first-year college students to the complexities of Earth’s climate system. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 13, EGU2011.
Short, H. A., (2010), Timing and Significance of Dextral Transpression in Central Maine: It's Early and Important. GSA Northeastern and Southeastern Joint Section Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, paper # 47-2.
Short, H. A., and Tremblay, A., (2010), Vorticity Estimation using Shear Band Cleavages as a Means to Characterize Strain Partitioning in a Major Archean General Shear Zone. GSA Northeastern and Southeastern Joint Section Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, paper # 60-2.
Pearson, Clayton W., Short, Heather, and Tremblay, Alain, (2010). Tectonic evolution of the Marbanite-Norbenite deformation zone and implications for Au mineralization in the Malartic Group, Malartic Township, Quebec. GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, No. 1; 36-2, page109.
Short. H. A., and Tremblay, A., (2009), The Development of Shear Band Cleavages & C'-type Shear Bands in a General Shear Zone & Their Implications for its Kinematic History, Eos Trans. AGU, 90 (22), Jt. Assem. Suppl., Abstract GA31A-02.
Short, H. A., and Johnson, S. E., (2006). Determination of vorticity from fibrous calcite veins, central Maine, USA. Journal of Structural Geology 28, p. 1167-1182.