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Harquail Family Invests $10M in Earth Sciences

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Dr. Ross Sherlock 

Professor, Chair in Exploration Targeting
Director MERC, incoming Director for Metal Earth

HBSc (McMaster)

MSc (Lakehead): My thesis topic was a geological, geochemical fluid inclusion study of several epithermal silver deposits, in the Thunder Bay District. Thesis was supported by the Ontario Geoscience Research program as well as research and teaching assistantships.

PhD (Waterloo): My thesis involved a geological and geochemical study of the McLaughlin Gold Mine in northern California and was supported by Homestake Mining Company, an Ontario Graduate Scholarship as well as research and teaching assistantships.


Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Laurentian University
Sudbury, Ontario
P3E 2C6
Telephone: (705) 675-1151 ext 2379

Research Interests

My research interests is focused on pragmatic problems associated with mineral exploration, typically as deposit scale problems, focusing on structural and stratigraphic controls to mineralization. However I have also worked, and published, upon on much larger scale projects such as the volcanic stratigraphy and geochronology of the Hope Bay volcanic belt or the relationship between hydrothermal systems in northern California. Previously I worked extensively in volcanic stratigraphy, and mass flux associated with hydrothermal systems as a means of exploration targeting.

As a researcher, I have published extensively on a variety of deposit styles and served as an associate editor for the journal, Economic Geology (2000-2010), and the Journal of Exploration Geochemistry (2009-2011). Recently have served as a site expert to Canadian Mining Innovation Council, Footprints project and on the Industry Advisory board to the Geological Survey of Canada (TGI5). Also served on the Board of Directors to the Mineral Deposit Research Unit at UBC and the advisory board for the Mineral Exploration Research Center at Laurentian University. I have been part of the graduate committee for 4 MSc students between 2005 and 2016 and taught graduate level courses at the University of the Philippines (1995-1997).