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  • Leonardo Feltrin

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Feltrin has recently joined HES at Laurentian University (January 2018) as Associate Professor of Earth Systems Modelling. His research considers the use of computational geoscience, AI and modern data analytics to increase the chance of discovery of ore deposits and improve the understanding of factors controlling mineral resources location in the Earth's crust. Applied research focuses on GIS-based mineral prospectivity mapping, data analytics, robotics and Earth systems 3D reconstructions and simulations. Starting in Winter 2018, he will be teaching the course GEOL 3056 titled Computer Applications in the Earth Sciences.

  • Harold L. Gibson

    Harold L. Gibson

    MERC & Metal Earth Director

    Since joining Laurentian University in 1990, after leaving a successful 12-year career in the mining exploration industry, Harold and his students have undertaken research projects across Canada, globally, and the modern seafloor. The long-term objective of his research is to determine and understand the interrelationships between magmatism, volcanism, tectonics, and the paleohydrology and timing of volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) ore systems during the construction and evolution of submarine volcanoes through time.

  • Alessandro Ielpi

    Alessandro Ielpi

    Assistant Professor, Sedimentology, MSc Program Coordinator

    Alessandro is a fluvial sedimentologist currently investigating Precambrian- to Palaeozoic- river morphodynamics in various areas including Arctic and Atlantic Canada, UK, and northern Europe. He is also interested in the study of extra-terrestrial landscapes and modern-analogue modelling of rivers that predated the greening of continents. Alessandro has authored 34 peer-reviewed publications and currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Sedimentary Research.

  • Bruce Jago

    Bruce Jago

    Goodman School of Mines Executive Director, Affiliated faculty member

    Following the establishment of the Goodman School of Mines, Dr. Bruce Jago, P. Geo., arrived at Laurentian University in January 2013 with an extensive experience in mineral exploration and economic geology. Dr. Jago is focussing his efforts on broadening of undergraduate, graduate and life-long-learning educational programming in six disciplines including Earth Sciences, Engineering, Commerce, Occupational Health and Safety, Aboriginal Studies and Biology/Restorative Ecology.

  • Pedro J. Jugo

    Pedro J. Jugo

    Associate Professor, Igneous Petrology, PhD program coordinator

    Pedro Jugo has been a professor at Laurentian University since July 2006. His expertise is in igneous and experimental petrology. Pedro’s main interest is to understand the processes involved in the genesis of ore deposits and use that knowledge to develop tools that assist in finding new ore deposits.

  • Daniel J. Kontak

    Daniel J. Kontak

    Professor, Ore Deposit Geology

    My research program aims to fully characterize a variety of magmatic and hydrothermal ore systems using both traditional and novel approaches. This work incorporates field studies supported by a large range of follow-up geochronologic (Re-Os, Ar-Ar, TIMS and LA U-Pb), petrologic and mineral-fluid chemical work that utilizes state-of-the-art analytical facilities at Laurentian and collaborating institutions. The work is financed through a wide variety of granting agencies that include the Federal Government (NSERC DG and CRD grants), Geological Survey of Canada, provincial surveys and many exploration and mining companies.

  • Bruno Lafrance

    Bruno Lafrance

    Metal Earth Associate Director, Professor Structural Geology

    My research focusses on understanding deformation processes involved in the genesis and subsequent deformation of ore deposits and their host rocks. Ore deposits generally form in tectonically active environments. Tectonic structures, such as faults, directly control the genesis of ore deposits because they act as conduits for the flow and migration of hydrothermal fluids. Post-depositional deformation can subsequently affect the geometry, continuity, mineralogy, and metal grade of ore deposits. Rock units hosting ore deposits are affected by the deformation events responsible for the formation and/or subsequent modification of the deposits. Knowing how host rocks of ore deposits behaved during deformation is key to understanding how deposits formed and were subsequently deformed.

  • C. Michael Lesher

    University Research Chair in Mineral Exploration, Professor of Economic Geology

    Economic geology professor at Laurentian University since 1997, I am currently Principal Investigator and Director of the $13M NSERC-CMIC funded pan-Canadian "Integrated Multi-Parameter Footprints of Ore Systems" project, and Co-Principal Investigator of the $104M CFREF-FedNor-NOHFC funded "Metal Earth" project. Other research focusses on the genesis of the Sudbury Igneous Complex and associated Ni-Cu-PGE mineralization, the Jinchuan intrusion and associated Ni-Cu-PGE mineralization in China, and the Black Thor Igneous Complex and associated Cr mineralization in the McFaulds Lake Greenstone Belt ("Ring of Fire" area) of northern Ontario.

  • Andrew M. McDonald

    Andrew M. McDonald

    Professor, Mineralogy

    My research is directed at using mineralogy as a tool in the geosciences. Although I still conduct investigations/characterizations of new mineral species, I am also interested in applying mineralogy and crystal chemistry as a means of understanding the evolution of alkaline rocks, exploring for Au and rare metals (e.g. Ta, Nb) and understanding how the atomic structures of minerals relate to their observed physical and optical properties.

  • Nadia Mykytczuk

    Nadia Mykytczuk

    Industrial Research Chair in Biomining, Bioremediation and Science Communication, Assistant Professor; Cross-appointed with School of the Environment

    Dr. Mykytczuk runs an interdisciplinary research program that uses tools in molecular biology, microbiology and biogeochemistry. Specifically, her work focuses on developing, optimizing and prototyping biomining and bioremediation technology. She has published over 25 research papers (H-index: 14) and has trained a total of 38 highly qualified personnel (HQP) since 2009. She has several ongoing projects related to AMD remediation using natural systems with industrial partners (BacTech Environmental, Vale, Denison Environmental Services Inc., and Glencore INO) and governmental support (OCE, Environment Canada, NSERC ENGAGE and CREATE programs). Her 5-year Industrial Research Chair will allow her to accelerate contributions towards improved metal recovery and remediation of mine wastes, both locally and globally.

  • Mostafa Naghizadeh

    Mostafa Naghizadeh

    Assistant Professor, Seismic Geophysics

    Mostafa Naghizadeh Joined HES in September 2017 as an Assistant Professor of Geophysics with specialization in Exploration Seismology after five years of industry experience in seismic data processing. His research focuses on seismic data processing method, inverse problems, computational geophysics, and seismic applications for mineral exploration.

  • Stéphane Perrouty

    Assistant Professor

    Joining Laurentian University in January 2018 as assistant professor of Precambrian Geology, my multidisciplinary research involves structural geology, mineralogy, lithogeochemistry, applied geophysics, and three-dimensional modeling to understand tectonic processes associated with Precambrian ore deposits. Field geology is a key component of my research and I am currently participating to large collaborative projects in Canada and West-Africa. Starting in Winter 2018, I am teaching the course GEOL 4016 titled Precambrian Geology.

  • Jeremy P. Richards

    Jeremy P. Richards

    Canada Research Chair in Metallogeny

    Jeremy Richards joined Laurentian University in 2017. His research focuses on regional tectonomagmatic controls on the formation of ore deposits, with a current emphasis on porphyry copper and epithermal gold deposits in the Middle East to China, and North and South America. He also has a research interest in the socioeconomic impacts of mining on local communities and nations.

  • Michael Schindler

    Michael Schindler


    My research interest is in chemical and mineralogical processes at the nano-scale in soils, sediments, tailings and ore deposits.

  • Ross Sherlock

    Ross Sherlock

    MERC Director, Incoming Director for Metal Earth

    Ross joined HES in August 2017 as a Chair in Exploration Targeting and the Director of MERC. Ross is a professional geologist with over 28 years of experience in the mining industry and academic research. His career has spanned junior and senior mining companies, consulting and government surveys working nationally and internationally. Most recently Ross was Vice President, Geoscience at Kinross Gold Corp. and Exploration Manager, North America at Gold Fields.

  • Richard S. Smith

    Richard Smith

    Industrial Research Chair in Exploration Geophysics, Professor

    Richard Smith joined Laurentian after spending 20 years working in the exploration business. He has extensive experience working as a research scientist, an exploration geophysicist and a manager. He has international experience in the application of geophysics to lead-zinc exploration, hydrocarbon exploration and environmental issues. Richard is most familiar with electromagnetics, magnetics, induced polarization and gravity; his main research interests are in the application of these geophysical methods to the discovery of mineral deposits, hydrocarbon and water resources.

  • Graeme A. Spiers

    Graeme A. Spiers

    Chair in Environmental Monitoring, Associate Professor; Cross-appointed with School of the Environment & Department of Biology

    My research has resulted in over 80 technical and scientific publications, as well as numerous presentations in analytical chemistry, aquatic chemistry, environmental geology, ecology, plant biology and soil science. I am also Director of the Elliot Lake Research Field Station (ELRFS) at Laurentian University, having spent the 12 years from 2000 as the Director, Centre for Environmental Monitoring, The Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCo), the technology transfer group located at Laurentian University. My ongoing research initiatives examine the effects of both historical and current anthropogenic metal emissions on soils, rivers and lakes, as well as vegetation within the Sudbury Smelter Footprint.

  • Phillips C. Thurston

    Phil C. Thurston

    Adjunct Faculty (in residence)

    I joined Laurentian University after a career at the Ontario Geological Survey. My research tackles the following questions: stratigraphic patterns of Archean greenstone belts and their relationship to trace element geochemistry of the volcanic units; trace element geochemistry of iron formation and cherts in the greenstone belt environment; the place of mineralization with respect to the tectonic architecture of Archean crust; why are particular deposit types associated with the margins vs. the centres for tectonic blocks; the place of gold deposits with respect to greenstone belt architecture; the use of trace element mapping of sulfides in Archean gold deposits to decipher the element associations; the number of mineralizing events associated with gold deposits.

  • Douglas K. Tinkham

    Douglas K. Tinkham

    Director, Harquail School of Earth Sciences

    Dr. Tinkham arrived at Laurentian in 2005. His research is in the broad field of metamorphic geology, where he specializes in the application of thermodynamic calculations to investigate metamorphic processes and the pressure-temperature-composition evolution of rocks during metamorphism. This work is applied to rocks to decipher zoning and modification of metamorphosed hydrothermal alteration zones associated with ore deposits, metal mobility during metamorphism, partial melting of high-grade metamorphic rocks, and orogenic processes.

  • Elizabeth Turner

    Elizabeth C. Turner

    Professor of Carbonate Sedimentology and Invertebrate Paleontology

    Dr Turner is a field-based geologist with 30 years of research experience in remote parts of Canada's northern territories. Specialisation in dynamics of Proterozoic and Paleozoic carbonate and shale basins, including the information they encode about Earth's deep-time geochemical, tectonic, and paleobiological evolution, and their ore-deposit potential.


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