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Rick Cheel assumed the position of Interim Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science in February, 2010.
Born and raised in Peterborough, Ont., he earned a BA (Honours) from McMaster University in 1977, a MSc (Geology) from the University of Ottawa in 1980 and a PhD from McMaster University in 1984. He came to Brock’s Department of Geological Sciences (now Earth Sciences) in 1986 from Brandon University where he had been an Assistant Professor with their Department of Geology. He is currently a Professor of Earth Sciences and was the Chair of that department from 1991 to 1994.
He was Acting Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science for two years over the period from 1994 to 1997 and became the Associate Dean of that Faculty in 2008. Over the years he has also been active as an elected member of Brock University’s Senate, having served three years as Vice-Chair of Senate and several years as chair or member of a number of Senate committees.
Cheel’s field of research is clastic sedimentology and he has published papers dealing with a range of topics in his discipline, particularly his experimental work on bed forms that develop on mobile sediment beds under flowing water and on the interpretation of ancient storm deposits, or tempestites, that are preserved in the geological record. He has served his discipline in a number of ways including as a member of the editorial board for the journal Sedimentology (International Association of Sedimentologists) and as primary reviewer for terms related to sedimentary textures and structures for the Glossary of Geology (5 Edition; American Geological Institute).
Cheel lives in St. Catharines. He has two adult children, and a grandson Ben, who also live in Niagara Region.