April 2nd, 2014 at 4:00pm
933 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, Ontario
Willet Green Miller Centre
4th Floor – CEMI Training Room

Dr. Gordon Osinski, Associate Professor, Depts. of Earth Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, University of Western Ontario



It is now widely recognized that impact cratering is one of the most important and fundamental geological processes in the Solar System. Long thought to be restricted to the Moon, Mars and beyond, it is now recognized that the impact of asteroids or comets with the Earth has played an important role in the evolution of our planet, in forming economic resources, and in the origin and evolution of life itself. Dr. Gordon “Oz” Osinski will provide a modern overview of how meteorite impact craters form, the range of economic mineral and hydrocarbon deposits they can generate, and how the results of recent space missions to the Moon and other planets may shed light on the origin of the Sudbury structure and its ore deposits.


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.


To register for this lecture, please contact Courtney Folz at cfolz@miningexcellence.ca or 705.673.6568 x72.

There is no fee to attend this lecture, but seating is limited, so register today!

Paid parking is available in the Fraser Parking Lot across from the Willet Green Miller Centre.