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About Dr. Fred Longstaffe

Dr. Fred Longstaffe was appointed as Western's Provost & Vice-President (Academic) for a five-year term, July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2010.

Longstaffe was Dean of Western's Faculty of Science since 1999, and before that served as Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences from 1993 to 1999.

The Provost's portfolio includes: academic units, Faculty Relations, the Office of the Registrar, student recruitment, Institutional Planning & Budgeting, University library system, and Information Technology Services.

Longstaffe joined Western's Department of Geology in 1987 after serving as Associate and Acting Chair of Geology at the University of Alberta.

He played an instrumental role in the merger of Western's Departments of Geology and Geophysics into a single Earth Sciences Department in 1993.
He received his Bachelor of Science in geology from the University of Windsor in 1973 and his PhD from McMaster University in 1978. His research interests include stable isotope geology and ecology, oil sands and heavy oil deposits, clay mineralogy and environmental geochemistry.

Active in professional organizations, Longstaffe has served as President of the Geological Association of Canada as well as on the editorial boards of major scientific publications in his field.
He has frequently served on Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Royal Society of Canada committees. He has also served many administrative roles at Western, and is currently a member of the Board of Governors.

Longstaffe is the recipient of many national awards and honors including election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1997; the Past-Presidents Medal (1993) for research by a younger scientist and the Logan Medal (2003) for career research achievement from the Geological Association of Canada and, in 1998, the Past-Presidents Medal for Research from the Mineralogical Association of Canada.