Dr. David Snyder

Section Head
Natural Resources Canada

Current research and/or projects

David Snyder is a research scientist active in structural and geophysical projects from scales of crustal and mantle-scale reflection seismic and teleseismic studies to surface and down-hole seismic surveys in mining camps.

He uses seismic waves to define deep structure of the Canadian Shield and how these structures may influence diamond and gold concentrations.

His current research activities include the acquisition and analysis of POLARIS teleseismic array data from the NWT and Nunavut that supports Canadian diamond exploration by defining mantle structures such as ancient subduction zones that potentially introduced carbon into the mantle and conduits that allowed kimberlites to reach the surface. He is also involved with advanced, high-resolution tomographic analysis of Lithoprobe crustal-scale seismic data from the Bowser Basin in British Columbia and analysis of high-resolution seismic reflection profiles from the Timmins mining camp in Ontario including comparisons with similar data from Western Australia.

Professional activities / interests

USArray Advisory Committee, National Science Foundation, USA

Steering Committee, International Correlation Program project 559

Education and awards

B. Sc. & M Sc. Geophysics, Stanford University, 1978

Ph. D. Geological Sciences, Cornell University, 1988

Key publications

Snyder, D.B., 2013. Imaging Archaean-age whole mineral systems. Precambrian Research, 229, 125–132.

Snyder, D. B., & Grutter, H., Lithoprobe’s impact on the Canadian diamond exploration industry, Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 47, 5,  21–38, 2010.

Snyder, D. B., Stacked uppermost mantle layers within the Slave craton of NW Canada as defined by anisotropic seismic discontinuities, Tectonics 27, TC4006, doi:10.1029/2007TC002132, 2008.

Snyder, D., Rondenay, S., Bostock, M. & Lockhart, G. Mapping the Mantle Lithosphere for Diamond Potential, Lithos, 77, 859-872, 2004.