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.

News

Fri. Sept 21 @ 1:30PM Colloquium speaker: Dr. Merrin Macrae "The Effects of Hydroclimatic Conditions on Biogeochemical Processes in Natural and Disturbed Landscapes", BGS 0153

Thurs. Sept 28 @ 10:30AM: M.Sc. Geology Candidate Lindsay Debono's Public Lecture A TARGETED INVESTIGATION OF THE UPPER CONTACT UNIT OF THE SUDBURY IGNEOUS COMPLEX IN THE NORTH RANGE,
SUDBURY IMPACT STRUCTURE, CANADA in BGS 1069

Wed. Oct 3 @ 9:00AM: M.Sc. Geology, PlnSci Candidate Liam Innis's Public Lecture “Near-Earth Asteroid Resources: Review and Analogue Study of Highly Siderophile Elements in Main-Group Pallasites” in BGS 1069

Thurs. Oct 4 @ 9:30AM: M.Sc. Geology Candidate Mitch Galarneau's Public Lecture P-T-X Constraints on Ilmenite Unit Cell and Relationship to Kimberlitic versus Non-Kimberlitic Source in BGS 1053 

Thurs. Oct 4 @ 9:30AM: M.Sc. Geology Candidate Jordan Hawkswell's Public Lecture Characterizing Ice-wedge Polygon Geomorphology in the Haughton Impact Structure, Devon Island in BGS 1069

Fri. Oct 5 @ 9:30AM: M.Sc. Geology Candidate Annika Van Kessel's Public Lecture Trace element geochemistry and Nd-Sr isotope systematics of scheelite from the Thunder Creek and 144 Gap deposits, Timmins, Ontario: implications for timing and genesis of gold in BGS 1053

Thurs. Nov 8 @ 1:30PM: M.Sc. Geology Candidate Alana Crump's Public Lecture Stable carbon isotope variations of organic matter and associated n-alkanes in the plant-bulk soil-clay fraction continuum in BGS 1069