Founded in November 1995 by Arkady Pilchin, Ph. D.
UGECC was created to represent the scientific researches accomplished by Arkady Pilchin, Geoscientist since 1973, Ph. D. from 1983.
A Personal Message From Arkady Pilchin:
Unfortunately after leaving the Soviet Union, I was not able to find any long-term position in the field of Geosciences. However, I am very happy with my place in the scientific community, as well as my achievements and contributions, my knowledge, and my capabilities. I am not sure that were I to find a job in Geosciences and not had to struggle, I would have become a better scientist than I am today. Over the course of the years, I have collected under UGECC a great wealth of geologic data. It was not easy, though.
What is a pity is that in the more than 17 years that I live in Canada not only did I not find a paying job in Geoscience, but I was also not able to find anyone from any Canadian universities with whom I could collaborate on research projects. These circumstances forced me to work in other fields to support my family, my company and my ongoing research. Nevertheless, this did not impede my resolve to pursue Geoscience, and I continued to work on scientific researches in all my spare time, evenings, weekends, and periods when I was unemployed.
UGECC has always been an independent research company, and never received financial support from anyone other than from my family, the Pilchin family. I worked as long as I could to support my family and my scientific research. However, right now, I am also struggling with certain health conditions that tend to arise with age. This means in essence I am getting only 2/3 of my previous salary, which wasn’t much to begin with, and is not enough for everything.
Because of the lack of financing for field and lab researches, the only option for me to gather data is by collecting it from published scientific books and articles. Between subscriptions to scientific websites, organising my data, and having my work edited for publication, it can get fairly costly. In truth, I have no money to pay for all of it.
For these reasons, at the present I am looking for a Sponsor or Sponsors for any of my ongoing or recent research projects, because I am not able to cover even small expenses on these researches.
Thank you and sincerely,
Arkady Pilchin, Ph. D.
Completed UGECC Research Projects
- The role of serpentinization in the exhumation of high- to ultra-high-pressure metamorphic rocks (2002-2005)
- Transformations between ferric and ferrous iron and its role in the stability of rocks and minerals (2002-2004)
- A new Moho discontinuity map for the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean (2002-2005)
- Thermal regime and Curie discontinuity map of the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean (2002-2005)
- Modeling of tectonic processes (subduction, obduction, island arc formation, rifting, orogenic processes) using petrologic, mineralogical, geochemical, thermodynamic, tectonic and geophysical data (2001-2003)
- Petrologic peculiarities, P-T conditions, and geologic processes related to the formation of ophiolites, their obduction, and the role of serpentinization process in formation of ultra-high pressure in orogenic zones. (1996-2001)
- Thermodynamic conditions of the Earth crust and upper mantle: development of the complete thermodynamic theory and some of its applications for different geologic, tectonic processes, petrologic composition of the Earth crust and upper mantle, mineralogical and geochemical composition of rocks and minerals, and their stability; in cooperation with University of Tel Aviv (1995 - 2001)
- Participant in UNESCO joint project (IGCP project No. 428) Past Climate Change Inferred from the Analysis of the Underground Temperature Field (1998-2002)
- Causes of the origin of overpressure and ultra-high pressure formation in orogenic regions and the role of pressure in tectonic and metamorphic processes (1995-2001)
- Difference in P-T conditions, formation of the different kinds of minerals and their stability, and rock types during the Archean, Early Proterozoic and Middle-Late Proterozoic periods (1995-1998)