Department of Earth SciencesWestern Science

Dr. Gordon Osinski

Planetary Geology / Earth and Planetary Materials

Gordon Osinski

Associate Professor & NSERC/MDA/CSA Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology
Ph.D. University of New Brunswick, 2004

Office: BGS 1050
Labs: BGS 0074, WSC 12, 14, 26, 27, 30
Phone: 519-661-2111 x.84208
Fax: 519-661-3198
Twitter: @drcrater

Research Interests

Dr. Osinski's research interests are diverse and interdisciplinary in nature. His work synthesizes field, remote sensing, and laboratory observations with a range of geochemical data. His current research falls into three main areas: planetary geology, astrobiology, and economic geology. Meteorite impact craters provide a common cross-cutting theme. He approaches planetary geology with the fundamental view that interpretations of other planetary bodies must begin by using the Earth as a reference and fieldwork forms the basis for much of his research. In addition, he is also interested in developing technologies and techniques for human and robotic surface operations on the Moon and Mars. Examples of current research projects include:

Selected Publications

Courses Taught

Astronomy 2232G: Sun, Earth, Planets
Earth Sciences 1023A: Planet Earth: Shaken and Stirred
Earth Sciences 2123A: The Dynamic Earth
Earth Sciences 2250Y: Introductory Field Mapping Techniques
Planetary Science 9500Y & 9600Y: M.Sc. and Ph.D. Planetary Science Seminar Course
Planetary Science 9601A/B: Impact Cratering: Processes and Products
Planetary Science 9603A: Planetary Science Short Course
Planetary Science 9605L: Planetary Science Field School


Please click here for a list of Dr. Osinski's current graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

Dr. Osinski currently has openings for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students interested in studying various aspects of meteorite impact craters, comparative planetary geology, analysis of planetary materials, including meteorites, and economic geology at the Sudbury impact structure.