Larry S. Lane

Research Scientist

Current research and/or projects


I am a structural geologist and mapper. My early career focused on geological mapping, structural analysis and engineering geology in the Omineca Belt of southeastern British Columbia. Since 1986, with the Geological Survey of Canada, I have studied the crustal structure and structural history of the northern Yukon, Beaufort-Mackenzie Basin and Arctic region, as well as the Liard Basin of northeastern British Columbia.


Research and/or project statements

Current Research Projects:

  • Arctic tectonics and geodynamics.
  • Modelling the heating-cooling-uplift history of sedimentary basins.
  • Synthesis of the Cenozoic deformation history, northwest Canada.
  • Paleogeography of Late Devonian depositional systems, northwest Canada.

Professional activities / interests

Before joining the GSC in 1986, I taught Structural Geology and Field School at Carleton University, Ottawa.

Throughout my career,  I have collaborated widely with Canadian federal, provincial, academic and industry geoscientists. I have also worked with numerous international colleagues on exchange projects in Alaska and Chukotka, which have contributed to my comprehensive knowledge of Arctic Tectonics.

I have previously chaired the Structural Geology Divisions of the Geological Association of Canada and the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists. I have also helped train dozens of young geoscientists and influenced millions of dollars worth of petroleum exploration.  

I am currently an Associate Editor of the Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology and I am very active in community Geoscience outreach.


Education and awards

B.Sc. (Hons.) from the University of Western Ontario, 1975

PhD from Carleton University, 1985

Key publications

  1. Lane, L. S., 1984. Brittle deformation in the Columbia River Fault Zone near Revelstoke, southeastern British Columbia; Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 21, p. 584-598.

  2. Brown, R.L., Journeay, J.M., Lane, L.S., Murphy, D.C., and Rees, C.J., 1986. Obduction, backfolding and piggyback thrusting in the metamorphic hinterland of the southeastern Canadian Cordillera; Journal of Structural Geology, v. 8, p. 255-268.

  3. Lane, L. S., 1997. Canada Basin, Arctic Ocean: Evidence against a rotational origin. Tectonics, v. 16, p. 363-387.

  4. Lane, L.S., 2007. Devonian - Carboniferous Paleogeography and Orogenesis, northern Yukon and adjacent Arctic Alaska. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 44, No. 5, p. 679-694.

  5. Lane, L.S., Gehrels, G.E., and Layer, P.W., 2016. Provenance and paleogeography of the Neruokpuk Formation, northwest Laurentia: an integrated synthesis. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 128; no. 1/2; p. 239–257, doi: 10.1130/B31234.1