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.
Feb. 10: Distinguished alumnus Dr. Craig Finnigan (B.Sc. '98, M.Sc. '00, Ph.D. University of Toronto) passed away suddenly in British Columbia on January 30. Memorial visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Friday, February 14th, 2014 from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Read the full obituary here.
Jan. 30: Undergraduate student Jessica Pandza has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2013-14 Ronald C. Wells Geological Education Fund Scholarships. Ms. Pandza was cited for her admirable dedication and passion for geology. Congratulations Jessica!
Jan. 21: The Geological Association of Canada-Mineralogical Association of Canada (GAC-MAC) Annual Meeting will be held in Fredericton from May 21-23, 2014. This is the big national meeting for geologists in Canada, and is a great venue for students to present. The focus of this meeting is broad, from mineral deposits to planetary science and from sedimentology to natural hazards. The abstract deadline is Feb. 11th.