Department of Earth SciencesWestern Science
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    Desmond Moser: Team images oldest Earth zircon

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    Plastiglomerate: A rock where where humans have taken a role in its creation

Welcome to Earth Sciences at Western

Earth Sciences is the science of the planet Earth. We seek to understand the Earth's internal structure and composition; its dynamic character (earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics); the processes that occur within it; the processes that shape its surface and the materials that constitute its surface layers; the origin, occurrence, extraction and conservation of the Earth's natural resources (minerals, fossil fuels, soils, and water); the place of the Earth within the Solar System, and the history of life on Earth.

Western's Department of Earth Sciences is a close-knit and dynamic department combining cutting edge academic and applied research with strong mentorship and teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Our graduates can be found in industry, academia and government across Canada and around the world. Come see us in the Biological and Geological Sciences Building to see what Earth Sciences has to offer.


Apr. 4: Western put on a strong showing at the recent Advances in Earth Science Research Conference (AESRC) in Ottawa, with seven graduate students attending (the second largest group after Ottawa-Carleton), and with five students giving presentations. Mahadia Ibrahim received the prize for Best Presentation in the Sedimentology session, and Tim Officer received the prize for Best Presentation in the Geophysics session. The standard of all our presentations was very high - our graduate students served as excellent ambassadors for the Department - Bravo!

Mar. 28: Mitchell Skuce's M.Sc. thesis Isotopic Fingerprinting of Shallow and Deep Groundwaters in Southwestern Ontario and its Applications to Abandoned Well Remediation has been published in the online thesis repository.

Mar. 25: Laura Sanchez's Ph.D thesis Statistical Analysis and Computer Modelling of Volcanic Eruptions has been published in the online thesis repository.

The Department of Earth Sciences and the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration invite applications for a probationary tenure-track faculty position in the area of Planetary Geoscience. The appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

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