Yvette Kuiper

Associate Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering

Yvette Kuiper


  • Ph.D., Geology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada, 2003
  • M.Sc., Geology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands, 1997

Full CV

Research Interests

  • Evolution of mountain belts with an emphasis on shear zones and fold belts, currently focused on the southeastern New England Appalachians, the Colorado Front Range, and Morocco.
  • Structural analysis and geochronology of complexly deformed metamorphosed regions.
  • Link between microstructures and growth of accessory minerals with tectonic motions and the evolution of mountain belts and (super)continents.
  • Use of geochronologic methods to date deformation and investigate rates of deformation.
  • Comparison of field structural data with numerical models that predict the formation and development of structures.
  • Structural setting of ore deposits.
  • Recent field areas include: Rackla Gold Belt, Yukon, Canada; Foxe Fold Belt, Nunavut, Canada; Monashee Complex, British Columbia, Canada; Hudson Valley fold-thrust belt, NY; Superior Boundary Zone, Manitoba, Canada, and the southern Abitibi Greenstone Belt of Ontario and Quebec.


    • GEGN 316: Field Geology (Field Camp)
    • GEOL 440: Plate Tectonics
    • GEOL 505: Advanced Structural Geology
    • GEOL 540: Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology
    • GEOL 526: Plate Tectonics (online)
    • GEOL 556: Virtual  Structural Field Mapping (online)
    • GEOL 559: Applied Structural Field Mapping (online)

Selected Publications

  • Tavares Nassif, M., Kuiper, Y.D., Goldfarb, R.J., Rhys, D., Crowley, J.L., Creaser, R.A., (accepted/in press). Characterization and timing of mineralization in the Garrison gold district, southern Abitibi greenstone belt, Canada. Economic Geology.
  • Luo, Y., Long, M.D., Link, F., Karabinos, P., Kuiper, Y.D., Insights from layered anisotropy beneath southern New England: From ancient tectonism to present-day mantle flow. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 24, e2023GC011118, https://doi.org/10.1029/2023GC011118
  • Michard, A., Driouch, Y., Kuiper, Y.D., Caby, R., Ouanaimi, H., Soulaimani, A., Farah, A., Chabou, M.C., Saddiqi, O., 2023. The Variscan belts of North-West Africa: An African legacy to the Wilson Cycle concept. Journal of African Earth Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2023.105042
  • Kuiper, Y.D., Barr, S.M., Crowley J.L., Souders, A.K., 2023. Geochronology and geochemistry of zircon from Early to Middle Devonian granitic and felsic volcanic rocks from the Cashes Ledge igneous suite, central Gulf of Maine, USA. Atlantic Geoscience, 59, 109–121, https://doi.org/10.4138/atlgeo.2023.005
  • Magnin, B., Kuiper, Y.D., Anderson, E.D., 2023. Ediacaran-Ordovician magmatism and REE mineralization in the Wet Mountains, Colorado, USA: implications for failed continental rifting. Tectonics 42, e2022TC007674. https://doi.org/10.1029/2022TC007674
  • Mahatma, A.A., Kuiper, Y.D., Holm-Denoma, C.S., 2022. Evidence for the ~1.4 Ga Picuris orogeny in the central Colorado Front Range. Precambrian Research 382, 106878 (16p.) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.precamres.2022.106878
  • Tavares Nassif, M., Monecke, T., Reynolds, T.J., Kuiper, Y.D., Goldfarb, R.J., Piazolo, S., Lowers, H.A., 2022. Formation of orogenic gold deposits by progressive movement of a fault-fracture mesh through the upper crustal brittle-ductile transition zone. Nature Scientific Reports 12, 17379. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-22393-9
  • Luo, Y., Long, M.D., Rondenay, S., Karabinos, P., Kuiper, Y.D., Wavefield migration imaging of Moho geometry and upper mantle structure beneath Southern New England. Geophysical Research Letters 49, e2022GL099013. https://doi.org/10.1029/2022GL099013
  • Kuiper, Y.D., Murphy, J.B., Nance, R.D., Strachan, R.A., Thompson, M.D., 2022. New developments in the Appalachian-Caledonian-Variscan orogen – Introduction: In: Kuiper, Y.D., Murphy, J.B., Nance, R.D., Strachan, R.A., Thompson, M.D. (eds.), New developments in the Appalachian-Caledonian-Variscan orogen: Geological Society of America Special Paper 544 (3p.) https://doi.org/10.1130/2022.2554(01)
  • Severson, A.R., Kuiper, Y.D., Eby, G.N., Lee, H.-Y., Hepburn, J.C., 2022. New detrital zircon U-Pb ages and Lu-Hf isotopic data from metasedimentary rocks along the western boundary of the composite Avalon terrane in the southeastern New England Appalachians. In: Kuiper, Y.D., Murphy, J.B., Nance, R.D., Strachan, R.A., Thompson, M.D. (eds.), New developments in the Appalachian-Caledonian-Variscan orogen: Geological Society of America Special Paper 544 (19p.) https://doi.org/10.1130/2021.2554(04)
  • Kuiper, Y.D., Murray, D.P., Ellison, S., Crowley, J.L., 2022. U-Pb detrital zircon analysis of sedimentary rocks of the southeastern New England Avalon terrane in the US Appalachians: Evidence for a separate crustal block. In: Kuiper, Y.D., Murphy, J.B., Nance, R.D., Strachan, R.A., Thompson, M.D. (eds.), New developments in the Appalachian-Caledonian-Variscan orogen: Geological Society of America Special Paper 544 (27p.) https://doi.org/10.1130/2021.2554(05)
  • Hepburn, J.C., Kuiper, Y.D., McClary, K.J., Loan, M.L., Tubrett, M.N., Buchwaldt, R., 2021. Detrital zircon ages and the origins of the Nashoba terrane and Merrimack belt in southeastern New England, USA. Atlantic Geology 57, 343–396. https://doi.org/10.4138/atlgeol.2021.015
  • Luo, Y., Long, M.D., Karabinos, P., Kuiper, Y.D., Rondenay, S., Aragon, J.C., 2021. High-resolution Ps receiver function imaging of the crust and mantle lithosphere beneath Southern New England and tectonic implications. Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth 126 (24p.) https://doi.org/10.1029/2021JB022170.
  • Kuiper, Y.D., Michard, A., Ruellan, E., Holm-Denoma, C.S., Crowley, J.L., 2021. New petrographic and U-Pb geochronology data from the Mazagan Escarpment, offshore Morocco: support for an African origin. Journal of African Earth Sciences 181 (15p.) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2021.104249.
  • Frieman, B.M., Kelly, N.M., Kuiper, Y.D., Monecke, T., Kylander-Clark, A., Guitreau, M., 2021. Insight into Archean crustal growth and mantle evolution from multi-isotope U-Pb and Lu-Hf analysis of detrital zircon grains from the Abitibi and Pontiac subprovinces, Canada. Precambrian Research 357 (15p.) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.precamres.2021.106136.
  • Hall, W.S., Stein, H.J., Kylander-Clark, A.R.C., Hitzman, M.W., Kuiper, Y.D., Knight, C., Enders, M.S., 2021. Diagenetic and Epigenetic Mineralizing Events in the Kalahari Copperbelt, Botswana: Evidence from Re-Os Sulfide Dating and U-Th-Pb Xenotime Geochronology. Economic Geology 116, 863–881.
  • Kuiper, Y.D., Hepburn, J.C., 2021. Detrital zircon populations of the eastern Laurentian margin in the Appalachians. Geology 49, 233–237. doi.org/10.1130/G48012.1
  • Bea, F., Montero, P., Haissen, F., Molina, J.K., Lodeiro, F.G., Mouttaqi, A., Kuiper, Y.D., Chaib, M., 2020. The architecture of the Oulad Dlim Massif, the main Gondwanan indenter during the late Paleozoic collision with Laurentia. Earth-Science Reviews (46p.) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2020.103273
  • Frieman, B.M., Kuiper, Y.D., 2019. Evolution of gold-bearing splays of crustal-scale fault zones of the south-central Archean Abitibi subprovince: Constraints from the Kirana deformation zone Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada. Journal of Structural Geology 127 (19p.) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2019.103867.
  • Hall, W.S., Hitzman, M.W., Kuiper, Y.D., Kylander-Clark, A.R.C., Holm-Denoma, C.S., Moscati, R.J., Plink-Bjorklund, P., Enders, M.S., 2018. Igneous and detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology and Lu-Hf isotope geochemistry of the late Meso- to Neoproterozoic northwest Botswana rift: Implications for the timing of deposition and provenance of the Ghanzi Basin (Kalahari Copperbelt) in eastern Namibia and northwestern Botswana. Precambrian Research 318, 133–155.
  • Nassif, M.T., Kuiper, Y.D., Goldfarb, R., Monecke, T., Holm-Denoma, C., 2018. Structural evolution of and age constraint on a gold-bearing transtensional zone within the Archean Porcupine-Destor deformation zone, southern Abitibi greenstone belt, eastern Ontario, Canada. Journal of Structural Geology 117, 203–218.
  • Kuiper, Y.D., Wakabayashi, J., 2018. A comparison between mid-Paleozoic New England, USA, and the modern western USA: subduction of an oceanic ridge-transform fault system. Tectonophysics 75, 278–292.
  • Kuiper, Y.D., Thompson, M.D., Barr, S.M., White, C.E., Hepburn, J.C., Crowley, J.L., 2017. Detrital zircon evidence for Paleoproterozoic West African crust along the eastern North American continental margin, Georges Bank, offshore Massachusetts, USA. Geology 45, 811–814.
  • Frieman, B.M., Kuiper, Y.D., Monecke, T., Kelly, N.M., 2017. Precambrian geology and new structural data, Kirkland Lake area, Ontario; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8245, 8 p., with 1:10 000 scale bedrock geological map.
  • Kay, A., Hepburn, J.C., Kuiper, Y.D., Baxter, E.F., 2017. Geochemical evidence for a Ganderian arc/back-arc remnant in the Nashoba terrane, SE New England, USA. American Journal of Science 317, 413–448.
  • Frieman, B.M., Kuiper, Y.D., Kelly, N.M., Monecke, T., Kylander-Clark, A., 2017. Constraints on the geodynamic evolution of the southern Superior province from U-Pb LA-ICP-MS analysis of detrital zircon in successor basins of the Archean Abitibi and Pontiac subprovinces of Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Precambrian Research 292, 398–416.
  • Palmer, J.C., Kuiper, Y.D., 2017. Structural geology of the eastern Nadaleen Trend, Yukon Territory, Canada: implications for recently discovered sedimentary rock-hosted gold. Ore Geology Reviews. Ore Geology Reviews 80, 48–60.
  • Kuiper, Y.D., 2016. Development of the Norumbega fault system in mid-Paleozoic New England, USA: an integrated subducted oceanic ridge model. Geology 44, 455–458.
  • Kuiper, Y.D., Williams, P.F., Hamilton, M.A., 2015. Effects of Paleogene faults on the reconstruction of the metamorphic history of the northwestern Thor–Odin dome of the Monashee Complex, southeastern British Columbia. Lithosphere 7, 321–335.
  • Capistrant, P.L., Hitzman, M.W., Wood, D., Kelly, N.M., Williams, G., Zimba, M., Kuiper, Y.D., Jack, D., Stein, H., 2015. Geology of the Enterprise Hydrothermal Nickel Deposit, North-Western Province, Zambia. Economic Geology 110, 9–38.
  • Kuiper, Y.D., Shields, C.D., Tubrett, M.N., Bennett, V. Buchwaldt, R., 2014. Age and provenance of a Paleoproterozoic to Devonian Canadian Cordilleran passive margin sequence, Thor–Odin dome, southeastern British Columbia. Geological Society of America Bulletin 126, 1259–1274.
  • Zanoni, D., Kuiper, Y.D., Williams, P.F., 2014. Pre- to post-Cordilleran transposition history at Joss Mountain: insights into the exhumation of the Shuswap complex, southeastern Canadian Cordillera. Lithosphere 6, 419–442.
  • Kuiper, Y.D., Buchanan, J.W., Charnock, R.C., Hepburn, J.C., Kopera, J.P., 2014. Structural history of the Nashoba terrane – Merrimack belt boundary zone, eastern Massachusetts. Guidebook for Field Trips, New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference Field Trip C4.
  • Hepburn, J.C., Kuiper, Y.D., Buchanan, J.W., Kay, A., Dabrowski, D.R., 2014. Evolution of the Nashoba terrane, an early Paleozoic Ganderian arc remnant in eastern Massachusetts. Guidebook for Field Trips, New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference, Field Trip B3.
  • McPherren, E.D., Kuiper, Y.D., 2013. The effects of dissolution-precipitation creep on quartz fabrics within the Purgatory Conglomerate, Rhode Island. Journal of Structural Geology 51, 105–117.
  • Kuiper, Y.D., Lin, S., Böhm, C.O., 2011. Himalayan-type escape tectonics along the Superior Boundary Zone in Manitoba, Canada. Precambrian Research 187, 248-262.
  • Kuiper, Y.D., Lin, S., Jiang, D., 2011. Deformation partitioning in transpressional shear zones with an along-strike stretch component: an example from the Superior Boundary Zone, Manitoba, Canada. Journal of Structural Geology 33, 192-202.
  • 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.
  • Kuiper, Y.D., Jiang, D., 2010. Kinematics of deformation constructed from deformed planar and linear elements: the method and its application. Tectonophysics 492, 175-191.
  • Kuiper, Y.D., Ebel, J.E., 2010. Fault-related rocks in eastern Massachusetts: how is fault movement accommodated at various crustal levels? Field trip for the 82nd annual meeting of the Eastern Section of the Seismological Society of America, 14 pp.
  • Marshak, S., Burmeister, K.C., Sen, P., Yakovlev, P., Kuiper, Y.D., 2009. Structures of the Hudson-Valley Fold-Thrust belt in the Appalachian Foreland in Eastern New York. New York State Geological Association 81st Annual Meeting (25-27 September), New Paltz, NY, 1.1-1.18.
  • Kuiper, Y.D., 2009. Sheath fold in mylonite of the Assean Lake shear zone, northern Manitoba, Canada. Journal of Structural Geology 31, p. 1442.
  • Kuiper, Y.D., 2008. The dry-erase cube: making three-dimensional visualization easy. Journal of Geoscience Education 56, 261-268.
  • Kuiper, Y.D., Jiang, D., Lin, S., 2007. Relationship between non-cylindrical fold geometry and the shear direction in monoclinic and triclinic shear zones. Journal of Structural Geology 29, 1022-1033.
  • Kuiper, Y.D., Williams, P.F., Kruse, S., 2006. Possibility of channel flow in the southern Canadian Cordillera; a new approach to explain existing data. In: R.D. Law, M. Searle and L. Godin (eds). Channel Flow, Ductile Extrusion and Exhumation of Lower-mid Crust in Continental Collision Zones. Journal of the Geological Society of London, Special Publications, 268, 587-609.
  • Kuiper, Y.D., 2005. Isotopic age constraints from electron microprobe U-Th-Pb dates, using a three-dimensional concordia diagram. American Mineralogist, 90, 586-591.
  • Kuiper, Y.D., 2002. The interpretation of inverse isochron diagrams in 40Ar/39Ar geochronology. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 203, 499-506.


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