Personal information

Nationality: Canadian

Languages: English (fluent), French (fluent)

Address: 

Ecole et Observatoire des Sciences de la Terre
Université de Strasbourg / CNRS / ENGEES / ITES UMR 7063
5 rue René Descartes
67084 Strasbourg 

Office: 112

Email: akushnir(at)unistra.fr

Profile: Google Scholar

Research interests

  • The physical properties and mechanical behaviour of geothermal reservoirs

  • Deformation and permeability development in volcanic systems

  • Experimental magma deformation

  • Experimental rock deformation

Click here to visit the Rock Deformation Lab website

Education

PhD in Geology at l'Université d’Orléans, Orléans, France(2016)

Thesis title: Permeability development and evolution in volcanic systems: Insights from nature and laboratory experiments

 

Master of Science in Geological Sciences at the University of British Columbia (2012)

Thesis title: An experimental investigation of the mechanical behaviour of synthetic calcite-dolomite composites

 

Bachelor of Science in Geophysics at the University of British Columbia (Honours, 2008)

Thesis title: Understanding multi-peak anomalies for unexploded ordinance discrimination

Publications

2021

Kushnir, A.R.L., Heap, M.J., Griffiths, L., Wadsworth, F.B., Langella, A., Baud, P., Reuschlé, T., Kendrick, J.E. and Utley, J.E., 2021. The fire resistance of high-strength concrete containing natural zeolites. Cement and Concrete Composites, 116, 103897. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2020.103897

2020

Wadsworth, F.B., Vasseur, J., Llewellin, E.W., Brown, R.J., Tuffen, H., Gardner, J.E., Kendrick, J.E., Lavallée, Y., Dobson, K.J., Heap, M.J., Dingwell, D.B., Hess, K-U., Schauroth, J., von Aulock, F.W., Kushnir, A.R.L., Marone F. (2020) A model for permeability evolution during volcanic welding. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 107118. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2020.107118

Farquharson, J.I.Kushnir, A.R.L., Wild, B., Baud, P. (2020) Physical property evolution of granite during experimental chemical stimulation. Geothermal Energy. 8(1): 14. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40517-020-00168-7

Heap, M.J., Kushnir, A.R.L., Vasseur, V., Wadsworth, F.B., Harlé, P., Baud, P., Kennedy, B.M., Troll, V.R., Deegan, F.M. (2020) The thermal properties of porous andesite. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 398, 106901. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2020.106901

2019

Harlé, P., Kushnir, A.R.L., Aichholzer, C., Heap, M.J., Hehn, R., Maurer, V., Baud, P., Richard, A., Genter, A., Duringer, P. (2019) Heat flow density estimates in the Upper Rhine Graben using laboratory measurements of thermal conductivity on sedimentary rocks. Geothermal Energy.7(1): 38. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40517-019-0154-3

Heap, M.J., Kushnir, A.R.L., Gilg, H.A., Violay, M.E.S., Harlé, P., Baud, P. (2019) Petrophysical properties of the Muschelkalk from the Soultz-sous-Forêts geothermal site (France), an important lithostratigraphic unit for geothermal exploitation in the Upper Rhine Graben. Geothermal Energy. 7(1): 27. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40517-019-0145-4Ryan, A.G., Russell, J.K., Heap, M.J., Kolzenburg, S., Vona, A., 

Kushnir, A.R.L. (2019) Strain-dependent rheology of silicate melt foams: importance for outgassing of silicic lavas. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 124(8), 8167-8186. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JB018099

Heap, M.J., Troll, V., Kushnir, A.R.L.Gilg, H.A., Collinson, A.S.D., Deegan, F., Darmawan, H., Seraphine, N., Neuberg, J., Walter, T.R. (2019) Hydrothermal alteration of a lava dome leads to explosive volcanic behaviour. Nature Communications10(1),1-10. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-13102-8

Farquharson, J.I., Wild, B., Kushnir, A.R.L., Heap, M.J., Baud, P., Kennedy, B. (2019) Acid-induced dissolution of andesite: evolution of permeability and strength. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 124(1), 257-273. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JB016130

Heap, M.J., Villeneuve, M., Kushnir, A.R.L., Farquharson, J. I., Baud, P., Reuschlé, T. (2019) Rock mass strength and elastic modulus of the Buntsandstein: an important lithostratigraphic unit for geothermal exploitation in the Upper Rhine Graben. Geothermics77: 236-256DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geothermics.2018.10.003

2018

Heap, M.J., Reuschlé, T., Kushnir, A.R.L., Baud, P. (2018) The influence of hydrothermal brine on the short-term strength and elastic modulus of sandstones from exploration well EPS-1 at Soultz-sous-Forêts (France). Geothermal Energy. 6(1): 29. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40517-018-0116-1

Kushnir, A.R.L., Heap, M.J., Baud, P., Gilg, H.A., Reuschlé, T., Lerouge, C., Dezayes, C. (2018) Characterising the physical properties of the transition zone from the Paleozoic basement to the overlying Permo-Triassic sedimentary sequences in the Upper Rhine Graben. Geothermal Energy. 6(1): 16. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40517-018-0103-6

Villeneuve, M.C., Heap, M.J., Kushnir, A.R.L., Qin, T., Baud, P., Zhou, G., Xu, T. (2018) Estimating in situ rock mass strength and elastic modulus of granite from the Soultz-sous-Forêts geothermal reservoir (France). Geothermal Energy. 6:1. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40517-018-0096-1

Heap, M.J., Kushnir A.R.L., Griffiths, L., Wadsworth, F.B., Marmoni, G.M., Fiorucci, M., Martino, S., Baud, P. (2018) Fire resistance of the Mt. Epomeo Green Tuff, a widely-used building stone on Ischia Island (Italy). Volcanica. 1(1): 33-48. DOI: https://doi.org/10.30909/vol.01.01.3348

Heap, M.J., Farquharson, J.I., Kushnir A.R.L., Lavallée, Y., Baud, P. (2018) The influence of water on the strength of Neapolitan Yellow Tuff, the most widely-used building stone in Naples (Italy). Bulletin of Volcanology. 80:51. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00445-018-1225-1

2017

Kushnir, A.R.L., Heap, M.J., Baud, P. (2017) Assessing the role of fractures on the permeability of the Permo-Triassic sandstones at the Soultz-sous-Forêts (France) geothermal site; Geothermics. 74:181-189. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geothermics.2018.03.009

Lesage, P., Heap, M.J., Kushnir, A. (2018) A generic model for the shallow velocity structure of volcanoes; Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal ResearchIn Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2018.03.003

Heap, M.J., Kushnir, A.R.L., Gilg, H.A., Wadsworth, F.B., Reuschlé, T., Baud, P. (2017) Microstructural and petrophysical properties of the Permo-Triassic sandstones (Buntsandstein) from the Soultz-sous-Forêts geothermal site (France); Geothermal Energy. 5:26DOI:https://doi.org/10.1186/s40517-017-0085-9

Kushnir, A.R.L., Martel, M., Champallier, R., Wadsworth, F. B. (2017) Permeability evolution in variably glassy basaltic andesites measured under magmatic conditions; Geophysical Research Letters. 44: 10262-10271. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/2017GL074042

Kushnir, A.R.L., Martel, M., Champallier, R., Arbaret, L. (2017) In situ confirmation of permeability development in shearing bubble-bearing melts and implications for volcanic outgassing; Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 458: 315-326. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2016.10.053

2016

Okumura, S., Kushnir, A.R.L., Martel, C., Champallier, R., Thibault, Q., Takeuchi, S. (2016) Rheology of crystal-bearing natural magmas: Torsional deformation experiments at 800C and 100 MPa; Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 328: 237-246. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.volgeores.2016.11.009(pdf)

Kushnir, A.R.L., Martel, C., Bourdier, J.-L., Heap, M.J., Reuschlé, T., Erdmann, S., Komorowski, J.-C., Cholik, N. (2016) Probing permeability and microstructure: Unravelling the role of a low-permeability dome on the explosivity of Merapi (Indonesia); Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 316: 56-71. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2016.02.012. (pdf)

2015

Heap, M.J., Xu, T., Kushnir, A.R.L., Kennedy, B.M., Chen, C.-f. (2015) Fracture of magma containing overpressurised pores; Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 301: 180-190. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2015.05.016. (pdf)

Kushnir, A.R.L., Kennedy, L.A., Misra, S., Benson, P., White, J.C. (2015): The mechanical and microstructural behaviour of calcite-dolomite composites: An experimental investigation; Journal of Structural Geology. 70: 200-216. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2014.12.006. (pdf)

2014

Erdmann, S., Martel, C., Pichavant, M., Kushnir, A. (2014): Amphibole as an archivist of magmatic crystallization condition: problems, potential, and implications for inferring magma storage prior to the paroxysmal 2010 eruption of Mount Merapi, Indonesia; Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology. 167:1016. DOI dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00410-014-1016-4. (pdf)

2008

Whitehead, L., Mossman, M., and Kushnir, A. (2008) Observations of TIR at a natural super-hydrophobic surface; Physics in Canada. 64 (1): p. 7-11. (pdf)

2006

Whitehead, L., Kushnir, A., Kan, P. (2006) Hybrid imaging using linear retroreflectors; Applied Optics. 45 (27): p. 6998-7004. (pdf)

Technical/Government Reports

Kushnir, A., Andrews, G., Russell, J.K., Enkin, R.J., Kennedy, L.A., Heap, M.J. and Quane, S. (2012): Rock physical-property measurements for the Nechako Basin oil and gas region, central British Columbia (parts of NTS 093B, C, E, F, G, K, L); in Geoscience BC Summary of Activities 2011, Geoscience BC, Report 2012-1, p. 125–150. (pdf)

Andrews, G., Quane, S., Enkin, R.J., Russell, K., Kushnir, A., Kennedy, L., Hayward, N. and Heap, M. J (2011): Rock physical property measurements to aid geophysical surveys in the Nechako Basin oil and gas region, central British Columbia; Geoscience BC, Report 2011-10, 40 p. (pdf)

Awards

2015       

Outstanding Student Poster (OSP) Award, European Geosciences Union (EGU)

2013              

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - Canadian Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS D) - over three years

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS D) (not accepted due to tenure at a foreign university)

 2012              

Departmental Teaching Assistant Award, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, University of British Columbia 

Scholarship of the Embassy of France 

Keith Runcorn Travel Award for Non-Europeans, European Geosciences Union (EGU)

2011              

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS M)                       

2010              

University of British Columbia George E Winkler Memorial Scholarship 

University of British Columbia Thomas and Marguerite MacKay Memorial Scholarship 

2008               

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Achievement Award in Geoscience

 2007              

British Columbia Geophysical Society Scholarship

University of British Columbia Thomas and Marguerite MacKay Memorial Scholarship

2006               

University of British Columbia Thomas and Marguerite MacKay Memorial Scholarship 

2003              

British Columbia Government Scholarship